We feel like our life is stuck in a never ending rut of my student loan repayment and unemployment. We are desperate to move into our own place but it never seems possible. Has anyone else ever been stuck like this? How did you find a way out, even a place to start?
This is Offbeat Home's archive of money posts.
I'm turning 29 soon, and the fact that this will be my last year of my twenties has me doing some serious reflection. I feel like there are probably things I can improve about myself — things that will make my life and maybe even the lives of others better ones to live.
Earlier this year, I took a singer-songwriter course at a local cultural institute, to improve my songwriting. Our tutor encouraged us to play in public as much as possible. Go to open mics, play family parties, play for your friends until they beg you to stop, and also: busk. I'm not here to give you busking tips though; I haven't got nearly enough experience for that yet. I just want to explain to you why busking is AWESOME, and why you should consider doing it if you play an instrument (or have other performance skills).
We bought our first terramundi — a traditional Etruscan money pot — when I was pregnant. Over five years, we managed to fill eight pots. We filled each one to bursting, until they were a real struggle to carry. They had already moved with us once, when we left Scotland for England two years ago. But we decided they should not make the next move. And in smashing them all open before our move, we fell even further in love with the idea that every house should have a terramundi pot.
Traveling to another country for an extended amount of time is only for the filthy rich and privileged. You can't possibly afford international travel to some other country! Let alone live there for months at a time! But traveling internationally on the cheap all comes down to a few simple tactics. Though they are not always that simple to implement…
I recently left a job that was making me miserable in favor of going to school to pursue my lifelong dream. The result has cut my family's income by about 50%. With the life hacks we had in place, paired with new life hacks, we are keeping our heads above water and still keeping the smiles on our faces.
In my work as an attorney, I find that more than 80% of my clients have life insurance but few understand how it actually works. So here are the Life Insurance basics…