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The moment this single mom found financial independence

By Emma Johnson | March 28, 2019 | 1 Comment

This truth bomb from Jessica Mraz, 50, St. Paul, Minnesota: Life lesson learned yesterday. I was struggling to figure out how to pay for my son's health insurance and medical bills since the premiums went up and my deductible changed as well as sports and guitar lessons. I got into a big argument with my…

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101 legit ways to make money right now (mostly from home)

By Emma Johnson | March 18, 2019 | 11 Comments

Who doesn't need more money? If you're not up for selling an organ on the black market or dabbling in illicit activity, income on the side is easier to find than ever before, thanks to the burgeoning freelance economy and the technology that supports it. Keep reading to learn how you can make more money and…

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The Credit People review

By Emma Johnson | March 4, 2019 | 0 Comments

I hear from so many smart, hustling moms who are eager to move out of a crisis situation like a bad relationship, bad job, or bad town — and land on their feet. They might be ready to buy a house, or need to buy a new, reliable car. Maybe this is you. Perhaps you…

How to find a divorce lawyer (that you’ll actually like)

By Erin Levine | March 1, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you’ve made up your mind and there’s no alternative but divorce, talking to at least a few lawyers is always a good idea. The first consultation is sometimes free, so you’ve got nothing to lose. And you can gain a lot of information during divorce lawyer interviews if you head into the conversation armed…

Why you can’t afford to do your own laundry (and how to outsource housekeeping & maintenance to save time)

By Emma Johnson | February 27, 2019 | 163 Comments

Last summer my kids returned from a couple weeks in Los Angeles where they stayed with their aunt. Me: Why does Lucas have all new underwear? Helena: All his underwear had skid mark stains in them, so Aunt Tina bought him all new chonies at Target. Why didn’t I, his own mother, know that my…

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41 things every woman should do alone (at least once)

By Emma Johnson | February 25, 2019 | 2 Comments

I was recently speaking with a recently-separated friend. She had been with her husband for more than 15 years, and the prospect of spending so much alone time was daunting. Taking care of the car, the yard and the taxes were new to her. She craved a vacation, but the thought of traveling alone scared…

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

By Emma Johnson | February 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

You likely have some gold sitting around. Maybe it is old jewelry that you no longer like, or perhaps it was a gift from someone you have negative (or complicated) feelings about. Perhaps you have some old gold coins you inherited, or even gold dental work sitting in the back of a drawer! If you…

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How to feng shui every room in your home (and make money at the same time)

By Emma Johnson | February 13, 2019 | 0 Comments

My ex and I separated more than 10 years ago, and while the initial purge of his stuff and our stuff and my stuff-that-reminded-me-of-him-in-a-bad-way happened years ago, I am still Marie Kondo-ing my two-bedroom co-op of my marriage. In fact, this week I posted on CraigsList a vintage Heywood-Wakefield dresser that we bought for our…

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Nationwide Life Insurance review

By Emma Johnson | January 31, 2019 | 0 Comments

Nationwide Life Insurance review This post was created in partnership with Nationwide. If you are a mom, life insurance is one of the fundamentals of financial planning — no matter your income, or whether you are the breadwinner or a stay-at-home or single parent. Even if you aren’t wealthy, imagine what your kids’ life would be…

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Mama Gena, on NYT bestseller PUSSY: A Reclamation

By Emma Johnson | January 30, 2019 | 2 Comments

  Other ways to listen: iTunes  ♦  Stitcher   ♦  TuneIn   ♦  SoundCloud ♦ Google Play Earlier this year I interviewed an incredible woman, someone whose work has changed the way I feel about my body, sexuality, gender and life:  Regena Thomashauser, aka Mama Gena, who, through her in-person and online workshops called Mama Gena’s School of Womanly Arts, and books…

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Why your arguments for alimony are wrong

By Emma Johnson | January 30, 2019 | 19 Comments

I have a friend who had been married for 20 years. He had a high-earning career, and after spending her 20s in low-paid retail jobs, his wife stayed home full-time with the kids, until they were in high school, then worked part-time retail, tried to start a couple of craft businesses that went nowhere, and…

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WP Diamonds review and comparison to Worthy.com. Which is better?

By Emma Johnson | January 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you’re newly divorced or have been for years, inherited gems, jewelry or watches from a family member, or received a present you don’t love, you might wonder what you can do with your jewelry or your wedding and engagement rings. If you're thinking of selling it, where is the best place to sell your…

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7 ways single moms can get their financial act together in 2019

By Emma Johnson | January 9, 2019 | 6 Comments

Ready to get your finances together in the new year, single mama! Here is what you need to save, invest, find affordable insurance and hit all your income and money goals in 2019 and beyond!

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Online-Therapy.com review

By Holly Johnson | January 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

No matter what stage of life you’re in, it’s common to go through ups and downs. But you don’t have to face it alone, nor do you have to rearrange your life to get the help you need. The convenience of meeting with a therapist through Online-Therapy.com can be life changing. Rather than taking time…

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9 Best savings accounts for moms for 2019

By Emma Johnson | January 3, 2019 | 2 Comments

, Every mom needs a savings account in her own name, arguably more than the average American. After all, statistically, we are more likely to be fully responsible for the care and cost of children, and less likely to benefit from a spouse or large Social Security check later in life. More than half of…

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How to get dads involved in divorce and separated families

By Emma Johnson | January 2, 2019 | 3 Comments

Other ways to listen: iTunes  ♦  Stitcher   ♦  TuneIn   ♦  SoundCloud ♦ Google Play   This is an important episode. Terry Brennan, co-founder of Leading Women for Shared Parenting, an activist organization responsible for introducing legislation in 20 states, that makes equal, shared parenting the presumption in family court. This is a critical issue for children, who suffer…

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How to make money

By Holly Johnson | December 20, 2018 | 0 Comments

No matter how much income you bring in every month, most moms feel they could can use a little more cash. Or, a LOT more cash. Most of us could use more spending money, and there’s always debt to pay off or college tuition to save for. If you don’t have any other uses for…

Common limiting beliefs that hold back single moms

By Emma Johnson | December 14, 2018 | 3 Comments

Emma Johnson When it comes to single moms, there are specific limiting beliefs that I see women struggle with time and again. Messages we assume based on what the world tells us we are capable of, what our rates are.  None of it is pretty.  Common single-mom toxic, liming beliefs we will unpack, debunk and…

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How to invest in art (for everyday people who aren't rich)

By Emma Johnson | December 12, 2018 | 1 Comment

This post was created in partnership with Masterworks.io. Over the past few years as I’ve started to make good money and max out of tax-sheltered options (401k and Roth IRA), I’ve explored other investment asset classes, or types of investments outside of traditional stock markets. Especially stuff that I can enjoy in real life. Like…

Zoosk Review: Online dating profiles and matching made easy

By Emma Johnson | November 29, 2018 | 2 Comments

Online dating can feel impersonal, and too many options can be a burden rather than a blessing. After a tiring day at work, preparing and feeding the kids dinner, lots of laundry loads, and one or two (or perhaps dozens) of disappointing first dates, online dating might have lost its charm for you. Not to…