Simone's Blog: Money Magnet

As the Director of Affiliate Relations at HomeFree-USA, I’ve always been fascinated with how people handle their money. Like everyone else, I’ve had my financial ups and downs. In fact, it took me 32 months to pay off $32,000 in credit card bills and build up a six-month emergency fund. While that was a very difficult period, I am grateful – and wiser -- for the experience.

Through my personal experiences and working at HomeFree-USA, I’ve gained a ton of insight that I feel compelled to share. You’ll find those lessons here. Feel free to take the thoughts and ideas that resonate with you most and put aside the rest for later. I look forward to sharing my journey.

Starting a business: One of the best and worst financial decisions


My parents haven’t worked for anyone since the 1970s; they consciously decided to be entrepreneurs. Although they have been successful, it’s important to recognize and accept that everyone is not designed nor equipped to start a business.

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The Four Agreements for Your Money


One of my all-time favorite books is The Four Agreements by don Miguel Ruiz. Primarily a spiritual book, the agreements are meant to be applied to all aspects of daily life, including how we handle money.

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6 ways to avoid identity theft


Let’s face it: phishing, hacking, or any other term used to describe people seeking your personal information so they can steal and use it, is real.  Although the threat continues to loom regardless of how much we protect ourselves, here are five ways you can mitigate identity theft:

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Always a member of the wedding party? Part Two


Last week was part one of our discussion on minimizing the cost of being in a wedding party. Below are a few more ways that I, my friend Latoya and others have successfully lowered the price tag on celebrating some of life’s most important events.

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Always a member of the wedding party? Part One


Don’t let that empty your wallet.

My friend Latoya has a litany of girlfriends, and truly enjoys sharing in their major life moments. Unfortunately, those moments seem to always happen at the same time. And all of them are expensive.

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