What a night! Last night was Halloween, and I decided to do something different. Unfortunately, there was a tornado watch and warning issued for our area, so we could not go out and trick-or-treat as we usually do. Not only that, but I also did not buy any costumes to save money. I had to think of a frugal and smart way to have Halloween in the house this year. What do I do?!
When I bought my 2016 Honda CRV fresh off the lot (learn about her demise here), I didn't really understand car warranties. The salesperson was pushing it down my throat, and that should have been red flag number one! My grandfather advised me against purchasing it, so that should have been red flag number two. But, of course, I was hard-headed and bought it anyway. So, here is what I learned:
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This week has been difficult for many reasons but the one that stands out is death. My boyfriend lost his sister to cancer this week and it made me realize that life is too short. I have not been taking my health seriously and since I have a family history of several ailments, I need to get serious! Diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, and anxiety/depression runs in my family. For years, I have wanted to lose weight BUT never really took it seriously. I was like YOLO (you only live once) let me go ahead and eat what I want. That has to stop.
FinCon 2019 was one word, AMAZING! Okay, that's the end of this article. I will see you next time. Just kidding! A FinCon Experience would not be complete without an accompanying blog post. It is like a wright of passage! There were so many things going on that I couldn't get to them all. But, I guess that brings me to my first tip:
FinCon starts tomorrow, but this post has nothing to do with money! Yesterday, I spent the day cherishing my loved ones, especially my son, because I know I am going to be away for a little bit. I only had one son yesterday, so it gave me time to provide one on one attention and affection. I am always working and hustling, and the good part is my kids see that. Also, the bad part is my kids see that. I need to slow down just a tad and find balance. My oldest has started thinking of his own business ideas. He wants to own a restaurant (for now), and I encourage that. I remember when I was his age, I too wanted to own a restaurant. I was told that being a chef was a man's occupation and that a woman wouldn't make it to the top. Yes, this is what I was told by a very close family member.
As the kids go back to school this week, I wanted to take a moment to reflect on the many lessons I learned this summer. It was both challenging and cleansing. The message that I write my story and control my surroundings has never been more apparent! Here is what happened:
I am so excited! I was blessed enough to get a full scholarship to FinCon this year. Not familiar with what FinCon is? You can read about it here: https://finconexpo.com. I have been wanting to go for years but either didn't have the money or couldn't take off. This year, I have no barriers and I am going! I was also able to secure funding for my lodging so all I have to do is pay for gas and parking. Wow!
This topic was requested in my Facebook group (you can join here). People wanted to know if a balance transfer was worth it. If you read my blog, you know I am not a huge fan of credit cards, but they could be a useful tool on your financial journey. I will attempt to breakdown some of the pros and cons of doing a balance transfer.