January is debt month after all, and we couldn't call ourselves "Financial Best Life" without highlighting some of the more creative ways to pay off debt

I can't speak to what works for everyone, but the five money habits below are kid-tested (by me, not actual children) to have a profound impact on the way you manage your dollars and cents. Call these the bumper crop of the hundreds of wacky things I've tried in search of making managing money a little easier for us everyday folk.

For me, personally, even amid an unnecessary amount of darkness, there were lessons about life, money, and business around every corner. In fact, in terms of personal growth, 2016 was one of my most successful yet. But let's be clear about one thing - I'm not sad to see the b*tch out.

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…

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.

I'm here to present a different new years option: a finance only resolution. A non-resolution if you will. Really, it's just a to-do item you should've done already that you're going to ensure you do in the next twelve months. What I love about smaller, more action-based financial resolutions is that they're both very attainable, and even a small money shift now (think, January) can have a big impact on your finances later (like August or September.) So, if you resolve to "be better with your finances next year", and I know we all do, here are 21 financial resolutions to add to your January to-do list to start kicking butt in the new year.

And yet for some reason, there’s this huge disconnect between the realization that money is the way to achieve those dreams. Even if the dream isn’t specifically money related, money can help you get there. This site is about what your best life looks like - first, articulating what that “best life” looks like for you, and then figuring out how to make the money right so you can get there.

You’ve heard me mention her a few times in my writing, you’ve likely seen photos of her on my instagram and snapchat, but now it’s time for you to officially meet my editorial assistant, Torie. Why? Because she’s going to be taking on more of an active role as we move through the rebrand and contributing to the new site! Torie is just 22, and as I move into a new decade, I’m excited to rely on her expertise and perspective as an early twenty-something. I think between the two…

Survey sites can be a great way to side hustle when you need extra cash, but with the holidays just around the corner...we figured it was time to put together an anthology. There are plenty of survey sites out there, so we tested the most popular ones and came up with our five favorites.

Those of you who know me know I put my reputation behind the affiliates I recommend, which is why when Bluehost was offering me less than stellar service, I cancelled my own service with them and printed a retraction because I know many people bought service with them through my affiliate link. So, rest assured. I take this stuff SERIOUSLY.

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