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Using Halloween to Teach about Taxes (aka Candy Tax)

   Posted On: October 30, 2013  |    Posted In: Personal Finance 101  |     Posted by: Broke Millennial®

A modified version of the post Candy Tax and other Childhood Grudges My shove into the world of taxation didn’t come during my sophomore year of college when I worked my first legit job. The first memory I have of taxation (pretty sure it was without representation) occurred Halloween night 1993. Dressed in my finest … Continued

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Health Insurance: My Biggest Waste of Money

   Posted On: October 10, 2013  |    Posted In: Personal Finance 101  |     Posted by: Broke Millennial®

First of all, calm down. Before you immediately scroll down to the comment section to berate me, let me “speak.” I know you’ve come to regard me as a bit of a financial goddess who is just so wise in the ways of handling all things money. You think, “she saves, she budgets, she avoided … Continued

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Defining Financial Independence

   Posted On: September 11, 2013  |    Posted In: Personal Finance 101  |     Posted by: Broke Millennial®

The beginning of a series examining wealth. As a young girl, I have vivid memories of going grocery shopping with my mom. While we strolled through the aisles of Food Lion I would eyeball all the junk food I desperately wanted to toss in the cart. Dunkaroos, Oatmeal Creme Pies, Oreo cereal and ice cream … Continued

Skip the Finance Courses and Just Watch The Real Housewives

   Posted On: July 29, 2013  |    Posted In: Personal Finance 101  |     Posted by: Broke Millennial®

The Real Housewives franchise debuted with the ladies of Orange County in March of 2006, a year before the great recession. By the time season two aired, the housing bubble had burst and Americans found themselves drowning in debt and unemployment. Seven years, seven American cities, and 31 seasons later, millions of dedicated viewers have … Continued

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Do You Have a "Trustworthy" Credit Score?

   Posted On: July 17, 2013  |    Posted In: Personal Finance 101  |     Posted by: Broke Millennial®

Two years ago I started the painful process of finding affordable, rodent-free housing in New York City. My roommate and I went from Craigslist to brokers to emotional meltdowns on street corners. During this process was the first time I learned my credit score, in the small, back-alley office of a Russian broker who seemed … Continued