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Last week we discussed how to use a Google Sheet to track credit card debt.  This week we will discuss how to use the same Sheet to track long-term debt such as student loans, car notes, mortgages, etc.

Similar to credit card tracking, your starting point is the debt’s...

Last week we covered the basics of tracking your budget (see DIY Personal Finance - Tracking Your Budget).  If you have credit cards, you can use the same Google Sheet that I referenced in that article (or create your own similar sheet) to track your credit card activi...

After you have made a plan for your money, the next step is to track the plan.  I absolutely love using Google Sheets on my laptop to create my plan and the Sheets app (also by Google) to track my plan on a daily basis.  I love using Sheets because it’s free, and I can...

In March 2019, Black Enterprise published an article titled African American Economics: Real Facts. The article referenced a State of the American Family Study by Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co. (MassMutual), which found that:

1. Outside of retirement accounts,...

A phrase that I often heard while growing up is, “Take the meat, and leave the bones.”  In essence, the phrase means that you should take what is valuable or applicable to you and leave behind what is of no use.  Chances are that if you read a personal finance article,...

I burst into laughter when I came across this post on Instagram - “I paid all my bills for this month. Does anyone have some good recipes with water?”

We’ve all been there before. Your job giveth, and your bills taketh away.  There are two common causes of this predicam...

What do you do once you gain knowledge? Oftentimes, especially when it comes to money management, people cite a lack of knowledge as the reason for not saving, for bank overdrafts, not paying credit card bills on time, not contributing to their 401k plan, etc. While it...

A Letter to My 18 Year Old Self About Finances

Dear Princess-Zenita,

You have just graduated from high school, congratulations! You’ve put in a lot of hard work and tireless effort to get to where you are. However, this next chapter of your life is called adulthood.

Plea...

I grew up in a household with five other people.  I shared a room with my parents until I was nine years old and then shared a room with my sister until I left for college at the age of 17.  In college, I had a roommate for all four years.  Needless to say, I always lo...

Imposter Syndrome. 

It’s an issue that plagues countless people, no matter the race, gender, or socio-economic status. However, no one talks about the particular kind of imposter syndrome that I, and many other black women face. I have spent innumerable hours overt...

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