A Start-to-Finish Guide for Launching Your Blog

Years ago, someone asked me the tired but inevitable question, “what do you do?” and when I replied, “I’m a freelance writer,” a cheeky friend butted in, “She’s mostly a blogger.” At the time, I was insulted (and I’m pretty sure it was meant to be an insult). I felt...

Money, Freelancing, Adventure: Brokepedia Is Moving!

Last week, I got an inspiring phone call from my mom. “I have to tell you something about my job,” she told me. She and I have been talking a lot about empowerment lately. We come from a family of professional pushovers–we immediately say yes to everything. We...

Options When You Can’t Afford Your Student Loan Payments

Student loans are no joke. In the United States, student debt is growing at a rate of over $2,000 per second. A YouTube viewer asked me to dig into federal student loan repayment options, so in this video, I do just that. Here are a few things I discuss. What Happens...

Dealing With Buyer’s Remorse

Last week, I made the most impulsive, mindless spending decision I’ve made in a while. And I regretted it almost immediately. I plopped down $1,500 on a dress. Final sale. To be fair, it was a wedding dress, and wedding dresses are expensive. On the other hand,...

The Underestimated Power of Tiny Actions

I was a nerdy kid. In school, I genuinely enjoyed pretty much every subject–except for history. History seemed so old, unrelatable and, well, boring. I could not get into it. Then, one summer, my parents and I visited my dad’s family in Indiana. On the...

How to Stop Impulsive Spending From Destroying Your Finances

Last month at Lifehacker, readers joined our February Money Challenge, which was to haggle your bills. I saved about $131 negotiating my web hosting and Internet. Not bad, right? But our readers put me to shame. They saved several hundred, and in some cases, several...

How I’m Learning to Conquer My Fear of Negotiating

Okay, I’ll admit it. There are a lot of things I’m afraid of: cockroaches, roller-coasters, opening a can of biscuits. Most of these are not a big deal. Some fears, though, keep me from progressing and reaching my potential. Those are the fears I’m determined to...

What I Learned Not Spending Money on Restaurants for a Month

Last month, I challenged my readers and myself to cut restaurant spending to zero as part of the Lifehacker Ultimate Money Challenge. At the end of the month, I asked readers how much they saved. The typical reply? About a few hundred bucks. Not too shabby! I loved...