Bellwether's Blog on life and money
I had a nice Thanksgiving with my family last week. There was plenty of good food and cheer to be had by all. Only, I ended the day feeling a bit disappointed and disheartened. You see, I wasn’t able to participate in the Turkey Trot 5k race my sister and I registered for. The last couple of months I had been training and getting back into shape. I wanted to prove to myself what I could do, and hopefully beat my much younger and fitter sister in the process. But as it happens, I became injured the week before.Read More
With the holidays slowly creeping in, we’d like to talk to you a bit about your holiday spending.
How do you keep a hold on your holiday spending? Do you set a limit for each person, or do you just withdraw large amounts of cash and spend until it’s gone?
We look forward to your feedback, leave your comments below!
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This week culminates in Black Friday--the day when Americans wake up at the crack of dawn and work themselves into a frothy retail frenzy because of great deals. A quick word of advice: it's not a deal if you don't need the product or can't afford it. Buying a "deal" on a credit card isn't worth it if you don't pay off the balance before interest accrues.Read More
For the first time, I am hosting Thanksgiving for both my family and my husbands’ family. I’m excited but I’ll be honest, I’ve never even cooked a turkey before! We’ve had “friends-giving” in the past but we either deep-fried the turkey or wrapped it in bacon and smoked it for 8+ hours, and my husband was in charge of those ones. So yes, I am extremely nervous. Thankfully, I’ve assigned each family member a side dish or dessert to bring to limit the work I have to do. And (let’s keep this part a secret) I’ve found some pretty awesome make-ahead recipes to help me survive the day. Here are a few of my favorites that you may want to use for your turkey day!Read More
I went back to school in my early 40’s. It’s something I’m proud of now, but it definitely left an impact on my life both in experience, and debt.
Back then, companies were laying people off. Unfortunately, I was one of them. Even with my experience, my theater degree wasn’t going to get me far in the business world. I found myself unemployed, then under-employed. Federal student loans seemed the only way to get my education, and my resume back to a place where employers would want me. Flash forward 6 years and its repayment time. I can manage the payments, because my tuition was lower, and I took advantage of my employer’s tuition reimbursement. But what options are available if your payments come due and don’t fit in with your monthly budget? When it comes to information on student loan repayment, do you research.Read More