It can happen to us all; the kind of expense that comes out of nowhere leaving you completely strapped for cash. Your car breaks down, your A/C needs repairing or perhaps you’ve just lost your job; if you’re wondering how you’re going to pay next month’s bills, all is not lost. There are a few […]

The following post is from Melissa Batai In the 16 years that my husband and I have been married, I am the one who has done all of the budgeting and bill paying.  I apprise my husband of what’s going on financially, and he does sometimes sit down and listen to me, but managing the […]

The following post is from Melissa Batai Your mind is a powerful tool.  Perhaps nothing brings home this lesson more than athletes.  After all, they train every day, but their minds can either bring them success or defeat.  If they mentally rehearse and see themselves as winners, they are likely to be winners.  If they […]

Should You Blog about Your Finances?

by TTMK on May 25, 2015 · 1 comment

The following post is from staff writer Melissa Batai Most of us used to be pretty private about our finances, but that all changed with blogging. Now, many bloggers openly share what their net worth is, how much debt they have, what their budget is, and even how much they spend for groceries and what […]

The following post is from staff writer Melissa Batai My family and I lived in the near west suburbs of Chicago for 14 years. Every year, nearly “40 million people visit Chicago” (City of Chicago) from the U.S and other countries like China, South Korea, Japan, and Poland. We lived in the suburbs of the […]

Do as I say, not as I do Well, that doesn’t quite apply to me, at least in terms of money.   But it sure does for some people. I’m sure you’ve seen them, or might know someone like that. They might claim to be one thing, but actually be another. Meaning, they put on a […]

Sleeping Your Way to Wealth

by TTMK on November 2, 2014 · 5 comments

Did that title get your attention? Well, this is a “PG” post, so there’s nothing outrageous that will be suggested : ) But literally, sleeping and money just might go together, as I’d like to explore. I have a friend who’s pretty focused on making money, and also staying physically fit. He’s done quite well […]

It’s often said that who you know matters a lot in life. It can matter with relationships, and it could matter with money. For example, in terms of relationships, many people often meet their significant other through friends. Not always, of course. But friends of friends often become, well, more than just friends. In terms […]

The following post is from staff writer Melissa Batai I went to a Big 10 college and lived off campus. I shared a room with a girl who came from my hometown. (I’ll call her Jessie.) Jessie was one of six children born to a stay-at-home mom and an opthalmologist father. Her family was relatively […]

The following post is from staff writer Melissa Batai There’s no doubt about it–moving is stressful. When my husband and I moved two and a half years ago, our move was relatively easy. We only moved one mile, and my husband set up much of our new place in the evenings while I stayed home […]