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.
I have been getting questions lately on what people should do with their tax money, so I wanted to compile a list of some of my favorite tax money moves:
OK, so I felt like this was a timely post in light of the government shutdown and the possibility of families not receiving food assistance in the coming months. If you aren't aware of all the changes, you can read about it here. I want to keep this post focused on how families can save money whether they receive government assistance or not. It is essential to squeeze every penny at the grocery store because eating is a necessity and is usually one of our most significant monthly expenses. Let's begin...
I am always trying to find ways to pay off my debt faster! One of my favorite ways is to participate in the gig economy, particularly ride sharing (driving for Uber & Lyft). Now, I try to drive every other weekend when I don't have my kids. Last year, I made about $2,500 just from this gig and I didn't even drive that much! Here are some things I do to maximize my time and earnings: