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.

When You Can't Afford to be a Bridesmaid


You two have been through so much together, and you’re thrilled she’s found The One. In an ideal world you’d have enough to afford the best bachelorette party, bridal shower, wedding gift and everything else, but the truth is you can’t even afford the dress. Ugh! 

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Your Biggest Credit Questions Answered


I recently spoke to a group of incredibly smart women who were very concerned that doing one small thing could tank their credit for years to come. 

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I need to increase my credit score, save money and pay off my student loans before I can buy a house. What do I do first?


This was an actual question posed to me recently. Alana has wanted to buy a home for a while, but through various conversations and her own research she'd determined that the only way to qualify for a mortgage was to be debt free with perfect credit and 20% down payment. As a result of this misinformation she's been sitting on the sidelines renting an apartment she hates. First, I dispelled some myths, then I offered a few suggestions. 

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How to Overcome Financial Setbacks When You're Mentally Unprepared


Runners will tell you: only half of finishing a marathon is about physical stamina. The other half is showing up and believing you're capable of conquering those 26.2 miles.

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My Year of Joy and Purpose


I’m back!

It’s been a while since you’ve heard from me, so it’s time to catch up.

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