I’m trying to organize my thoughts into something meaningful and coherent, as this is really my very first deep, emotional blog post that I’ve written for Financial Best Life since we re-branded. Notice I said the word trying, because really all I can think about is how much 2016 totally kicked my ass. At least I’m not alone. Even the New York Times considers 2016 to be one of the worst years ever.  For me, personally, even amid an unnecessary amount of darkness, there were lessons about life, money, and business…

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Research any personal finance topic online, and you’ll find a trove of well-worn best practices: build a budget, pay off debt, save for retirement. What you won’t find? Articles on how to have more fun with your money—without throwing your whole financial plan off track.   We all deserve to occasionally splurge on the things that make us happy, whether it’s a fun vacation, the latest gadget or a wardrobe upgrade. But if you don’t plan for it, that online impulse buy or spur-of-the-moment spa day can wreak serious havoc…

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The new year is a great time to explore new financial opportunities. Last year I made the decision to learn more about investing – how to start, the benefits, and how it could help me on my financial journey. And while I certainly won’t profess to being an expert on the subject, I have found a tool that is great for beginner investors while still being affordable: TradeKing. It’s an online investing platform that allows you to really learn the market through their wealth of educational material, as well as…

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Emerging from the darkness of financial illiteracy or apathy can be frightening. Gurus are everywhere throwing around buzzwords you don’t understand in an effort to take  your hard earned money. Which is the exact opposite of what someone looking to improve their financial standing needs. I have created a free budget template that is perfect for anyone looking to gain a handle on their personal finances, and because it’s free, this budget template is the perfect way to start budgeting. Simply put, budgeting is keeping track of how much money…

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