Lifestyle

Ben and Jeff from DollarSprout

DollarSprout’s Turning 5 Years Old. Here’s What I’ve Learned So Far.

DollarSprout turns 5 years old next month. Sometimes I can’t believe we’ve made it this far. They say that over half of all new businesses don’t live long enough to see their 5th birthday. Most fail long before then. It hit me this morning that I’ve never shared the story on how DollarSprout got started…

Jeff Proctor 15 Jul
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How to Use Your Biases to Be Better Financially Prepared

Humans have what’s called an optimism bias. We think our lives are going to go better than they more likely will. Here’s how to leverage those biases to save more money and better prepare for financial hardship.

Paulette Perhach 30 Jun
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4 Things You Can Do to Support the Black Lives Matter Movement

If you’re reading this, you’re probably aware of the unrest across that country that has resulted from George Floyd’s murder by Minneapolis police officers. What you might be less aware of, is that this recent tragedy is only the tip of the iceberg in a long and painful history of violence and injustice toward the…

Quinisha Jackson-Wright 23 Jun
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Money Can’t Buy Happiness… Unless You Spend It on These Things

Making money has become the new currency of happiness. But money for the sake of having more still doesn’t produce the type of happiness that leads to long-term fulfillment. However, money can influence your happiness if you spend it on the right things.

Jen Smith 26 May
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How to Overcome the Challenges of Being a Female Breadwinner

Gender norms have shifted significantly over the last 50 years. Even though being a female breadwinner is more common than ever before, it still comes with its own set of unique challenges. Here’s how to cope with them.

Anna Baluch 07 May

I Stopped Spending Money for 30 Days. Here’s What Happened

I’ve never been good at moderation so even giving myself a little fun money meant I was going to overspend. I needed a complete detox from my debit card. So I stopped spending money completely for 30 days.

Jen Smith 28 Apr
When should you take a pay cut for a new job?

When Is It Okay to Take a Pay Cut for a New Job?

As we progress in our careers, we tend to make more money. Especially as we add new skills, move on to larger companies, and start managing other people. But sometimes we discover that a higher salary doesn’t equal happiness.

Anna Baluch 28 Apr
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Six Reasons You Need an Estate Plan, Even in Your Thirties

An estate plan is a group of documents that lay out a plan for your family and assets should you become unable to manage them. It’s not just for rich people, either; everyone should have one, regardless of income.

Jen Smith 23 Apr
college graduate student

Should You Get a Graduate Degree? Probably Not

Most people pursue grad school because they want to grow professionally, land their dream job, and make more money. But grad school comes with a significant time and money investment. It’s important to consider the consequences before deciding if it’s the right path for you.

Anna Baluch 21 Apr
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Should You Marry a Spender If You’re a Saver?

If you’re a saver, but you find out that your partner is a spender with a pile of debt, is your relationship doomed to failure? Rest assured that all hope is not lost. Here’s how savers and spenders can manage finances in a relationship.

Anna Baluch 14 Apr