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How We Turned Our Passions Into Profits

Wouldn’t it be nice to get up every day knowing that you’re doing work that really matters — something you’re truly passionate about? Unfortunately, new statistics released from Gallup indicate that not many people feel that way: Only 13 percent...

"How I Paid Off $16,000 in Student Loans"

When Gina Nykerk paid off her student loans, credit card, and car, it was a major Financial Turning Point for her—and and an inspiration for several friends. When I was 23 years old, I paid off all $16,000 of my student loan debt. I can't tell...

Save Like You Mean It

A once-in-a-lifetime trip, a new baby, recharging your career—how do you save for the biggest things in life? Six women share their stories of stamina, smarts, and success.$80,00 for a new life “I ran my photography business from New York City for...

Little Luxuries Lift You Up

Five years ago, the economy, my marriage—and my income—all collapsed at once. Then in my late 30s, with two small children, I could barely afford my mortgage, and I was actually ill from financial stress. My mother insisted: Get a treat now. I...

Saying ‘Yes’ Pays Off

When I moved to Philadelphia a year ago, I was broke—25 years of living in New York, the past five of it as the breadwinner for my family, can do that. Don’t focus on making new friends, I told myself: "Make money" Yet my first move was the...

Why I’m Front-loading School Costs

For families with even a drop of cash liquidity, the question almost invariably comes up: public school or private? For my three-child family—for whom “liquidity” is ephemeral at best—the answer should be “public.” But I’m not doing it. I feel so...

Small Biz Does Good, Locally

As in most American towns, it’s hard to get around Cambridge, Maryland, without a car. But not everyone owns their own vehicle. So three years ago, LaAngela McCoy, 33, bought a cab with savings from her full-time job at a local bank, hired a...

A Financial Planner Admits Her Money Mistakes

Today’s post is part of a new series called “Life by De$ign,” which explores non-traditional choices that women make in order to make their finances work. I’m a 33-year-old financial advisor, and you can call me Joanna. I invest and manage...

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