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About: Life pulls our hard-earned money in a million different directions. So we're fighting to reclaim it. We want more for what life is really about: adventures with people we love! I hope you find inspiration from our journey and pick up ideas for your own. Here's to making life epic.
Year Started: 2019
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Who else is working from home or quitting?June 9, 2021
Every marriage needs a financial bad guyJune 2, 2021
What landlords wish everyone knewMay 26, 2021
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I was already overdrafted on my checking account by the time my pay was deposited, I had no savings, and worst of all, I cashed out my most important financial asset - my retirement account. Thankfully, that was a while ago and a lot has changed. To keep me green and growing, I share stories of how I save more to explore.
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Hi I’m Melody, and I’m on a mission to feel good about what my money can do for me and the world around me. My story isn’t “how I paid off $100,000 of debt” or “how I saved $100,000 by age 25”. It’s a slightly less impressive one, but I don’t think it’s any less important to share. My story is about a woman who decided in her late 30’s to learn how to put her money to work. And during the process, she got so freaking excited about how it felt that she started a blog in April of 2019 in hopes she could help others feel the same way.
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I started writing my blog months before I finally published it on September 1, 2018. After discovering the FIRE movement, I read numerous blogs and loved them, but I couldn’t find any written by single woman. It seemed like everyone was married and/or worked in tech and that didn’t represent me. Even though I found my favorite blogs incredibly informative and so valuable, I knew others could identify with me and I wanted to write for them. The post here embodies my thoughts, feelings, and experiences around the time I started this blog. The responses I received assured me I was not alone in this struggle and that plenty more shared my thoughts and feelings.
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My name is Revanche. I’m a married with dogs and child, money-managing, 30-something, professional, geek living in the Bay Area. We’re a dual income family in a HCOLA. I’ve been blogging about money as it relates to my family, career, hobbies and life since 2006.
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Financial Mechanic brings to mind tinkering with money and learning how to use money as a tool. I wanted to write about my own financial journey to help others hone their own. I hope that by sharing my story, there is one more example for people to use as inspiration on their own financial journey.
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The name’s Amanda Holden, but my pals call me Mandy, Mandicakes, Manderson Pooper, A.Hol (get it? like J.Lo but…grosser??) and—you guessed it—Dumpster Dog. Ahhhh yes, ol’ Dumpster Dog, that’s me. What you’re probably not thinking is: For a young and single working gal, that is one darling nickname!! It’s okay—I love it. The nickname took root during a eight-month stint where I didn’t buy food (see this post for the gruesome details) and it has really stuck, glued to me like day-old bean burrito guts on a Taco Bell wrapper. The easy fusion was surely thanks to my preference for Birkenstocks and half-eaten gyros over stilettos and grooming; creativity over tedium, always. This brand of scrappiness is the very essence of Dumpster Dog, and accordingly, the perfect name for my blog on money!
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