The Pros & Cons of Owning a House (From a Renter’s Perspective)

Owning a house as a primary residence has never, ever been part of my plans. I’ve been perfectly fine with the idea of renting ever since I moved out of my parent’s house. However, my boyfriend owns a house (he purchased it before we were dating), and I moved in with him after I left Texas since it made the most sense all-around. A number of months have passed, so I figured now would be a good time to sum up the pros and cons…

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Being Grateful: Because What Else do we Have?

The last few weeks have been emotionally trying for a lot of people. I couldn’t help but think that now is a pretty good time to reflect on what we have to be grateful for. We’ve got Thanksgiving around the corner in the US, and I believe gratitude can help us overcome all the negativity going on right now. Some might think it’s a trivial exercise in the face of bigger issues at hand, but if we can’t be grateful, what else do we have?…

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How Value-Based Spending Improved My Relationship With Money

It’s interesting how my views on money have evolved since starting this blog. I’ll admit that I used to be very heavily on the “frugality/cut all the expenses” bandwagon. I hopped the fence between being cheap and frugal quite a few times. At times, my relationship with money was so bad, I felt like I needed to hoard it all. I was super protective of my bank account, which proved to be detrimental in a lot of ways. Why? Because I was saving my money out…

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