Who am I
I started 2009 with a $121K debt. I owned absolutely nothing.
I kick debt's ass!
Hi, I'm Sandy, people call me a personal finance expert.
Way back when the dinosaurs roamed at the end of 2008, I started paying a little bit of attention to my debt. You see, my $120,665.31 debt represented everything that I had done wrong, financially.
As the year faded into 2009, I had the brilliant idea of starting a blog to have my debt at my fingertips.
Here we are years later and I have helped countless others improve their finances. Now, I am here to help YOU get your financial life together.
Learn even more about me.
my original debt
the amount that I repaid in 2 years
the amount my income increased in 3 years
knowing that I help others
WHAT WOULD YOU LIKE TO DO?
Choose your focus
Getting out of debt takes a little education. Find out what you need to know to get yourself out of debt, quickly.
Sometimes you just need to make more money, but, who has time for a second job? I’ll show you how you can make extra income outside of a job.
There is no single method for improving your credit and credit score. I’ll show you everything that you can legally do to increase your score.
I love speaking to groups about personal finance topics. Learn more about connecting with me for your group or event.
Read the most recent articles from the blog.
If you have debt hanging over your head, what’s stopping you from paying it off? It’s time to become debt free. As a financial planner I can tell you the most common answers are: I don’t want to withdraw from my savings, I don’t have enough savings to pay off the debt and I don’t[…]
If you’ve made the mistake of thinking that a 401(k) loan and a hardship withdrawal are exactly the same, boy, are you in for a surprise. Lots of differences with major consequences exist.
Too much debt can lower your credit score and take all your disposable income. However, acquiring certain things in life may require a measure of debt. Not to suggest that you should go crazy and apply for every credit card and loan under the sun. For debt not to become a destruction force, moderation and[…]
Saving for retirement is a nice thought, although not always put into practice. Have a look at your investment account savings, is the balance where you want it to be? A better question may be, are you on track to retire at your target age? For some people the answer may be yes and for[…]
While I was working my way out of debt, I tried just about every method that I heard of to help me pay my debt down faster. Hands down, when I discovered the debt snowball method and the debt snowflake method, they made sense, but I just kept confusing them. The what? Snowball. Snowflake? Snowcone? All the same to me.
I had a conversation with my brother the other day that inspired this post. We were talking about my mother’s crazy assertions that I somehow have a bunch of money secretly stashed somewhere since I was able to purchase the investment property with 100% cash. […]
Trust me when I say that I’ve made my share of stupid financial mistakes in my 35 years on this earth. Also believe me when I say my life would have been a lot easier if I didn’t make any mistakes with money in my teens, then again in my 20s. But you know what? […]
Whether we like to admit it or not, credit cards have become a necessity. But all credit cards are not created equally, at least, mine aren’t. Credit cards carrying a high interest rate can drain your pockets and cost you more than you may bargain for, but a zero interest credit card or zero percent[…]
I think it’s safe to say we all want to retire someday, don’t we? I know I do and that means I need retirement savings. Someday around 60 years old I want to wake up without my alarm clock and spend my days drinking iced tea and doing yoga. I want to travel the world[…]
When trying to work your way out of debt, seeing the light at the end of the tunnel can seem impossible. Feeling like the debt is endless is a typical feeling, and because of it, many people are quick to look for extreme options to put cash back in their pockets. However, most of these[…]
Who loves money? I think we all do, that’s why we’re here learning how to pay off debt, live within a budget and make money from a side hustle. Starting a business is exciting, it’s also a lot of work. When you’re first starting out and working as a one-man-show it’s difficult to find a[…]
This is a stock photo of my car, the 2013 Ford Edge. It wasn’t my first choice, but we’ll get into that in a bit. The good thing here is that I was able to replace my car and get back on the road relatively quickly after my last car accident because the car insurance company[…]