Freelancing Isn't a "Real Job"

Getting back on track. Too much going on. Got called in for a last-minute job on Friday. And on Friday, the bank said it doesn't want to grant us a loan. It isn't even that big of a loan by local standards (read: where we live is expensive anyway, so this is small potatoes).Freelancing pays--really!   ...more

How to dump your debt without losing momentum

This is the 8th post in my financial series chronicling our debt free journey.So on to baby step #2 and the real reason that most people are looking for help. DEBT. We think it's normal. It's part of life. Everyone has a car payment. Everyone has student loans. Everyone has a Visa bill. Well, we were tired of being normal. Dave Ramsey has a saying "Normal is broke. Be weird!" I can't remember EXACTLY where we were on our credit card debt when we first began this journey but our debt looked something like this:...more

Bad economy ? Read more about it.

With the slow economy and historically high unemployment rates many people today are usually facing a more difficult time in obtaining loans for items such as real estate and auto loans. By incorporating practical tips an individual may be able to end up being one of those who are able to receive a loan . ...more

Your credit report should be a privacy issue--illegal for employers to access

  Everyone has seen the Credit report commercials depicting a young man working in a crab shack serving tourists instead of working at the job he is qualified to do. Unfortunately, this is a fact of life for some of the most highly educated individuals in this country. ...more

I want to know how long the federal government can go allowing this cycle to continue.  ...more

Shattered Education Dreams for Military Spouses

Last year the US Department of Defense launched a program called called the Military Spouse Career Advancement Account or MyCAA.  It offered military spouses $6,000 towards their graduate and post-graduate education.  This was a wonderful, unexpected blessing for the many women who have had to sacrifice their careers because of frequent deployments and moves.  Needless to say, the program was immensely popular, over 136,000 women applied and around 98,000 were enrolled by February 2010.  Many women made life altering choices, like quitting jobs, once this funding was ...more

Exchange Rate Roulette

Living and working in a foreign country is an amazing and thrilling thing, but it does not come without its headaches. For many British expats who are living in Europe for the benefit of constant sunshine and ripe fruit, this is not news to them – their incomes are at the mercy of continually shifting exchange rates. This week the European currency took a hit because of the global recession and the international market’s recognition that lots of debt is not a good thing: the nation of Greece is in a bad way. So what’s the big deal?...more

Need an answered prayer?

JMJ Do you have a prayer request? A special need?  Well, I spent all night placing a live webcam to Lourdes, France on my website, including a little mailbox to their prayer request email.  All kinds of weird computer problems kept cropping up, and I kept offering them up as a prayer, which did help to keep me from being annoyed.  Then... This morning I got an email from a friend who told me that today is OUR LADY OF LOURDES FEAST DAY!  Wow.  I had no idea!  That is just so cool... ...more

Frugal Living: Debt Consolidation

Hello again and here we are on our second Frugal Living post. Last week we talked a little bit about staying warm in the winter. This week I want to talk a bit about debt consolidation. ...more

Feminism and Gender in the Aughts

The last ten years have been nothing if not a roller coaster ride when it comes to feminism and gender. I found the lows to be more plentiful than the highs, but the surprises kept coming. So, in no particular order, here's what stuck out to me: ...more