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Kayla is a mid-20s single girl living in the Midwest, USA. She is focused on paying off her consumer and student loans, while simplifying her life and closet. You can join her on her journey at ShoeaholicNoMore or follow her on Twitter.

5 Tips for a Successful Salary Negotiation

salary negotiation

One of my favorite things to discuss is finding ways to earn extra money. Commonly I suggest people get a part-time job, or start a side hustle as a freelancer or by using another skill or hobby to make some extra money alongside a full-time job. But sometimes the best way to earn more money is by asking for a raise. If you want to increase your salary at your current one, salary negotiation is a dance you must either already know the steps of, or learn quickly in order to be successful. There are several factors that contribute to the salary of any job, and not all of them can be controlled by you, the employee.  Certainly your professional experience and level of education are key contributors to the amount of money you take home each pay period. But the area of the country you live in as well as the size of your employer can also affect your salary negotiation tactics, along with the current success of both your employer and yourself. Fortunately, there are some things you can do to make your salary negotiation appointment be more likely to work in your favor. Here are 5 tips ...

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Financial Pros and Cons of Small Town Living

Like Kim, I too live in a small town. A few years ago she discussed some of the reasons why she and her family live in a small town, as well as some of the downsides of small town living. Honestly, I think it’s my favorite post of all time from Eyes on the Dollar because I knew exactly what she was talking about in her post. You see, I live in a small town of 7,000 and although I’ve thought about moving at different times over the past few months since I quit my job to pursue self employment, there are a lot of reasons that I keep coming back to small town living as the best option for me. Of course not all of the aspects of small town living vs big city living have to do with finances, but many of them do. If you have ever found yourself contemplating moving to a small town to get away from the big city, or vice versa, check out these financial pros and cons of small town living. Financial Pros of Small Town Living Small town living saves time. One of my favorite things about small town living is ...

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5 Things You Shouldn’t Be a Cheapskate About

I’m all for saving money. In fact, cutting my budget and spending is the first thing I did so I could start putting more money toward debt each month. Of course, I quickly learned that I needed help on the other side of the equation too, thus I started a side hustle that eventually lead me to full-time self employment. But that’s something I’ve talked about already. As much as I cut my budget, there are still something I knew I couldn’t be a cheapskate about. There are times that being a cheapskate ends up backfiring and actually costing you more money in the long run due to the low quality of cheap products and services. In my opinion, it’s best to find a balance between quality and quantity of what you choose to buy. That said, here 5 things you shouldn’t be cheapskate about if you really want to save money. Healthcare Last weekend I started getting sick. That’s why I missed putting my post up on the blog last Monday. As I lay in bed moaning about the pressure in my head from my allergies and a sinus infection, I realized that not having sick leave and still ...

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5 Tips to Prevent Tax Identity Theft

It’s March, the days are flying by, and already we are over one sixth of the way through the year. For those who don’t already know, the income tax return deadline for this year is the eighteenth of April, and estimates show it is expected that over 240 million tax returns will be filed. Of those, approximately 20% could be fraudulently filed using someone else’s information. Sound a little scary? It should. But there are ways to prevent you from becoming one of the victims. Here are five tips to help you prevent tax identity theft from happening to you. 1 Shred Your documents Before you throw away any personal or household documents, including invoices and tax returns, stop. Instead of trashing it, shred it. If you don’t own a shredder, you can invest in one for a reasonable price, usually around $35.00, at any discount store. It’s worth the investment and a small price to pay compared to the high cost of cleaning up your credit after you’ve been targeted by a thief. However, if you can’t afford to buy a shredder, maybe you could simply use scissors to cut up those identifying documents, if you don’t have too ...

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3 Reasons I’m Trying to be More of a Minimalist

A few months ago, Kim told you about how she finally came to the realization that she’s always had too many clothes. Like her, I have been realizing more and more lately that not only do I have too many clothes, I just have way too much “stuff” in general. “Stuff” has always been a bit of struggle for me and honestly, I think it’s a struggle for most Americans, even if they don’t always realize it. Last night I was looking for something to watch on Netflix while I ate my supper and relaxed before bed. I’m kind of a closet reality TV junkie, especially when it comes to shows from HGTV. I don’t really like the trashy stuff like “Keeping up with the Kardashians” but now that my secret’s out, I’ll admit that if I have the time (which is rare these days thanks to self-employment) I can sit down and watch an entire season of “Love it or List it” or some other HGTV “reality” show. Of course I know that most of these shows aren’t really 100% reality. I’m not crazy after all. 🙂 But I still enjoy them. I thought I’d exhausted the entire list ...

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