The below is something I wrote for my two sons, who are in their mid- to late-twenties. For a long time, I’ve wanted to give them some advice that could help provide structure as they begin to navigate their “grown up” years. Given the recent transition our family has been in, I finally sat down to put pen to paper, which resulted in this blog post.

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Put It in the Books

Well, it’s been an interesting year, hasn’t it?

A year of highs and lows, beginnings and endings. There’s been a lot going on, for sure.

But through all of the ups and downs, a…

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13 Finance Lessons Learned from Horror Movies

I grew up watching horror movies. Which is a bit comical, since I’m pretty much a big chicken.

No joke. If someone jumps out at me from around the corner yelling “Boo!”, I’m gone.

You’ll find me two miles down the road, without a thought of returning until the whole house has been purged of evil spirits.

I don’t know why I consented to watch all of these films. Maybe it was a sign of the times.

Because it seems like the 80’s was the decade of scary movies. Or that could just be my warped recollection.

But family fun…

An Unexpected Debt Payoff Story

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Dandelion — Can’t Wish Debt Away

It’s funny, when you spend so much time wishing for something to happen.

Wanting it so badly, it’s all you can think about. And you imagine what life would be like, if you could only accomplish this one goal.

Make this singular change that’ll make everything worth it. Something that will improve your life exponentially, so you can finally enjoy a brighter future.

And then it happens.

But it’s not exactly as you imagined it would be. There’s a twist at the end. A kink in the plan. A curve ball you didn’t see coming.

Or maybe you did see…

Three women walking along railroad tracks, carrying bindle sticks
Three women walking along railroad tracks, carrying bindle sticks

What a Side Hustler Looks Like in 2019

Quick — when someone uses the term “ side hustler “, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind?

  • A fast-talking charlatan, using sleight of hand to con you out of your life savings?
  • A 20-something jack-of-all-trades, picking up gigs to support video game downloads and extra beer money?
  • Or even an insta-famous social influencer promoting their must-see makeup hacks?

When You Might Not Want to Accept Gift Horses

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Who Wouldn’t Love a Free Bunny??

I was scrolling through Facebook the other morning, when something caught my eye.

It was brown and furry, with big feet, a pink button nose, and long floppy ears. OMG someone was giving away bunnies!!!

Immediately, I was in love.

And I started going over all these plans in my mind. Plans of how I might bring this little puff ball into my life.

Because it would be as easy as stopping by the local farm, picking out a rabbit, and bringing him home. Easy peasy.

In my town, there are several large farms. These farms sell fresh produce, flowers…

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When Worlds Collide

So something really interesting happened last week.

I attended an online webinar in my workplace, and it had to do with topics that I write about on this blog.

Which was super exciting for me, because very rarely does my day job overlap with my after hour activities.

Yes, I do work in the financial services industry — but the actual topic of my work is not something I blog about. I’m not a financial advisor, and don’t offer actual money advice to any of my readers.

Because, c’mon — that would just be asking for trouble, now wouldn’t it?

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What I Learned My First 3 Months of Selling Merch by Amazon

Several months ago I posted about my initial experiences with the Merch by Amazon program. Back then, I was essentially just trying to figure things out. And while I’m still working through the process, I thought it might help others if I shared some of my learnings.

In case anyone else is thinking of selling t-shirts through the Merch program, here’s an update as to what I’ve learned over these past few months. Believe me, it’s quite a bit — although I’m sure it doesn’t even scratch the surface of what I still need to learn.

And you know how…

Hey everyone — I just wanted to pop in and share this guest post I recently wrote for The Money Mix. It was such an awesome opportunity, and if you get the chance, you should definitely check it out on their site! They also host a ton of other finance articles, with topics ranging from how to save money, preparing for your future, and investing basics. So be sure to check it out! But if you’d like to hear more about unique side hustle ideas that you can do from home, keep reading -

FYI — This page includes affiliate…

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’Tis the Gift to Be Simple

Today is my birthday — I am officially 45 years young.

In honor of this “monumental” occasion, we’re going to dig deep into the cavernous chronicles of the past. And explore history as you’ve never experienced it.

What does this mean exactly?

I’ll be reaching back into my memories, which may or may not be 100% accurate — but at least they’re crystal clear in my recollection. And that’s all that matters. (Ha!)

But kidding aside, I will attempt to recount and present a few nuggets of wisdom. Things I’ve learned over the past 25 years or so. …

Robin Rose

FT business professional, PT blogger, writes about saving/making money & paying off debt. Also loves bulldogs. https://sidejambiz.com https://wrinklebutts.com

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