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How to get started investing for women

By Emma Johnson | December 9, 2019 | 4 Comments

I am on a personal mission to get women to save and invest more. Studies that find that women are actually better at investing than men, but they save and invest far too little, too infrequently, which puts us at a huge disadvantage. The wealth gap is a terrible issue, as women have far less…

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15 signs your husband or wife is ready to leave you

By Emma Johnson | December 5, 2019 | 48 Comments

Is your spouse distant? Depressed? Worried they are having an affair? Couples counseling may be the answer. But maybe your husband is ready to leave you. Online couples and individual counseling with BetterHelp starts at $40/week for unlimited phone, text, email or video sessions. Choose from thousands of certified and licensed therapists. It is important…

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9 reasons dating is better as a single mom

By Emma Johnson | November 20, 2019 | 36 Comments

Through my circle of friends and single moms I meet through this blog, I often hear cries of horror about the thought of dating. Especially if you have kids. What man in his right mind would consider dating a single mom? I can’t imagine getting out there again! My single-mom body is a wreck and I…

Single mom holiday manifesto

By Emma Johnson | November 19, 2019 | 26 Comments

I wrote this a couple of years ago, and revisit each holiday season for both myself and readers. I admit that the holidays are hard for me personally — so much pressure to make them memorable, spend more than I'm inclined to, and be cheerful when I often feel lonely and overwhelmed. Last year was first…

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How to deal when you're a mom who pays child support or alimony

By Emma Johnson | November 15, 2019 | 29 Comments

Increasingly, it is moms who pay their exes child support and alimony, and their vitriol about the matter is often far more acute than when payer and payee fall along traditional gender lines. Vanessa was stunned to learn that after her ex left her for a much younger neighbor, she had to pay him nearly $70,000 in alimony and…

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How to run a single mom household like a boss

By Emma Johnson | November 11, 2019 | 4 Comments

Single-mom household management can be challenging. But with the right tools, organization, and support, you can become exceptionally efficient when it comes to managing day-to-day tasks. Because let's get real: YOU DON'T HAVE A CHOICE! By using apps, outsourcing, budgeting, and automating, you can organize your busy life regardless of whether you have multiple children,…

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“I want a boyfriend, but a good man is hard to find”

By Emma Johnson | October 30, 2019 | 2 Comments

The world tells single moms that there are no good men available to us, and we are destined to be lonely. Not true. Here is how to attract a quality man, find love, a boyfriend and even a husband, and enjoy a healthy relationship. When I was growing up, my divorced mom dated a lot,…

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How to negotiate a pay raise (the right way)

By Emma Johnson | October 28, 2019 | 2 Comments

Feel like you should negotiate a pay raise? I mean, who doesn't like more money, especially when you know the market is paying higher elsewhere (or even within the same company)? Ready to ask for that higher salary right now? In this post you will learn: What to focus on: It's business, not personal Do…

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How to file for divorce in NY

By Emma Johnson | October 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

Whether you are divorcing in New York City, Albany, Upstate, Long Island or elsewhere, there are some laws in New York state that affect your divorce. Other laws apply nationally. Here is how to file for a divorce in New York, what you are entitled to, and what to expect: What you are entitled to…

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Downsize after divorce: Turn your breakup into a makeover

By Donna Freedman | October 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Quick take: After a breakup or divorce, your life and finances are different, and you likely need to reconsider moving house. Many moms find that downsizing to a smaller, more affordable home that is also easy to maintain gives them the freedom and confidence they need to move forward with their new life. Plus: a…

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How to become a proofreader and work from home

By Emma Johnson | October 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you love reading but hate seeing errors in writing, then a career as a proofreader could be a great fit for you.  Proofreading is an incredibly flexible work-at-home job for moms because you can set your schedule around your kids’ activities.  But what do proofreaders really do and how do you get proofreader jobs…

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Disability insurance for the self-employed

By Emma Johnson | October 2, 2019 | 0 Comments

Quick answer: You need disability insurance more than life insurance. Those who do not have disability insurance through a job, including the self-employed, can find individual coverage through reputable companies for an affordable price. Breeze disability insurance plans start at $9/month for people aged 18 to 60 years old, with monthly benefits ranging from $500…

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How to prepare for a recession

By Emma Johnson | September 26, 2019 | 0 Comments

Economists are warning of a 2020 recession. This post will help you prepare for a higher chance of unemployment, investment losses and general financial instability. First: What is a recession? A recession is a downturn in the economy. On a broader scale, this means that businesses lose money and industry produces less product for two…

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57 business tools for work-at-home moms

By Robyn Evans | September 23, 2019 | 0 Comments

The ultimate work-at-home mom online toolkit to grow profits in less time. Struggling to grow your online, work-from-home business?  Thankfully, today there are many affordable (or free!) online tools to help you scale, profit and enjoy running your company. Instant access to a variety of scalable, web-based tools can drive organization and boost productivity for…

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Stereotypes that keep single moms broke, overwhelmed and alone

By Emma Johnson | September 17, 2019 | 1 Comment

No one can make you feel inferior without your consent. — Eleanor Roosevelt When it comes to single moms, there are specific limiting beliefs that I see women struggle with time and again. Messages we assume to be true, and on which we base our worth, the treatment we accept, the relationships we aspire to, the…

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8 rules for friends with benefits for single moms

By Emma Johnson | September 11, 2019 | 6 Comments

Maybe you just want sex. Or a fun connection, a physical relationship—but none of the baggage of a full-on relationship. Maybe you're enjoying something really great, but not sure how to define it. Maybe a FWB is right for you. I'm not fond of the term “friends with benefits.” I prefer, “Someone I'm sleeping with,” or…

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Where to sell gold (and tips get the most cash)

By Emma Johnson | August 28, 2019 | 4 Comments

Quick takeaway: Gold prices are at record highs. While there are some shady places that buy gold, CashforGoldUSA is a legitimate online gold buyer that has been found to pay as much as three times its competitors. Keep reading for more details … You likely have some gold sitting around. Maybe it is old jewelry…

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How is property divided in a divorce?

By Stacey Freeman | August 21, 2019 | 0 Comments

Whether you owned a house, investments, jewelry, the engagement and wedding rings, real estate, vehicles, furniture or even a pet together with your husband or wife, when you breakup, these assets must be divided. Who gets what in a divorce? Divorce law varies by state, and every divorce differs. If you wonder who will get…

Should wives stay thin for their husbands?

By Emma Johnson | August 17, 2019 | 38 Comments

A friend was telling me of her new diet and plans to lose 20 lbs. “I told Jack (her husband of 10 years), ‘I'm so sorry I got fat since we married!'” From everything I can tell, their relationship is thriving, but my friend has a deep-rooted sense that she has an obligation to make…

What every mom should ask for in divorce negotiations

By Emma Johnson | August 16, 2019 | 17 Comments

Divorce and custody negotiations are stressful. How do you know what things to ask for in divorce? It's easy to want to plow through negotiations as quickly as possible. Slow your roll.  Below is a list of what every woman should consider when settling her divorce. But first, some common divorce questions: What should a…