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.

I can afford it, so why wasn't I shown that house?

04/18/17

Even though the laws are heavily enforced, housing discrimination is not only alive and well, but it's now far broader and more nuanced. Has it ever happened to you?

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When you're trying to pay down debt and just... can't

03/28/17

Here's the truth: most of us want to do better by our money, know what to do (save more, pay off debt, invest in a 401k, etc.), how to do it (spend less, cut up the credit cards, etc.) and even why it's important (freedom, a better life, the ability to retire early). The problem is, we can't seem to make it happen!

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The gym is for suckers

03/21/17

When I moved back to DC 5 years ago I got caught up in the hot yoga craze. As much as I, and especially my skin, loved it, I ultimately had to give it up because it cost too much.

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I need a new car but don’t have any money! What do I do?

03/14/17

This is a common problem, and something you can easily overcome. Let’s start with what you absolutely should NOT do:

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How to find a "gem" of a home

03/07/17

All homebuyers are looking for a great deal, but when you live in a high cost market it can be especially tough to find. Fortunately, HomeFree-USA is here for you.

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