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How do I buy stuff I can’t afford?

By Robyn Evans | June 20, 2019 | 0 Comments

You may be thinking about buying things you currently can’t afford — or don’t think you can afford, yet. Would you like to buy a home, new car, or go on vacation? What about a college education? Maybe you’re saving up for a divorce, retirement or want to pay off debt. Whatever your goal, take…

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How to save money by negotiating your bills

By Robyn Evans | June 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

Choices abound, but we’re taking a look at four companies disrupting how we think about paying bills: TrueBill Arcadia Power BillBargain BillShark Trim These and other bill negotiation services earn money by helping you save yours. Bill negotiation services A bill negotiator is the same way. She takes time to uncover money-saving hacks as if…

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Tips for caring for your aging parents—when you are a single mom

By Emma Johnson | June 14, 2019 | 0 Comments

Patrice is a smart, hardworking single mom with limited involvement from the father of her two elementary-school-aged kids. She works full time as support staff at a logistics firm, while she runs a tight ship she consistently feels like she has her hands full. Then suddenly, her 67-year-old mom, who lives two hours away, experienced…

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Estate planning and will for single parents

By Emma Johnson | June 12, 2019 | 0 Comments

What happens to my kids if I die? Whether you’re a parent of teens, or have recently welcomed a new baby into your life, chances are you’ve asked yourself this question: What happens if I died? This question can be especially loaded if you’re a single parent. Don’t you want to do everything possible to…

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Hey single mom— Do you tell your son he's the man of the house?

By Emma Johnson | June 10, 2019 | 7 Comments

Ever since he was a tiny boy, my son has been a little dude. By this, I mean he takes on typically masculine roles. Even when he was 3 years old, he would make sure his older sister and I stood behind the orange safety line while waiting for the subway train — maneuvering his…

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Sex and money advice from a 90-year-old single mom

By Emma Johnson | June 9, 2019 | 10 Comments

Last week, my kids and I visited my mom at her Milwaukee condo, the complex of which is occupied mostly by senior citizens. While lounging by the pool where my kids caused a ruckus, mildly amused and mostly annoyed by the very loud woman who went on and on and ON about how she could…

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When should single moms introduce a boyfriend to the kids?

By Emma Johnson | June 6, 2019 | 55 Comments

Short answer: Whenever you want. Growing up, my mom, who was divorced, dated a lot for a few years. I loved it. I loved watching her get dressed up to go out to dinner or dancing. I'd sit on her bed as she'd stand at the dresser and set her blond, permmed hair on rollers,…

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Should you sell your engagement ring (or wedding band) after divorce?

By Emma Johnson | June 5, 2019 | 151 Comments

Short take: Don't hold on to a token of a relationship gone wrong —  sell your bridal jewelry to and use the money for a positive new start.  More info: I had a really spectacular engagement ring. It wasn't that it was huge or particularly expensive. It was unique — the 24-carat yellow gold…

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How to save money on a low income

By Holly Johnson | June 5, 2019 | 0 Comments

Saving money on a low income is not an easy feat, and that’s especially true when you have kids and all the expenses they bring. Once you’re done paying for kid’s sports, camps, clothing, and school needs, it’s easy to find yourself with nothing left at the end of the month. You may find your…

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37 reasons all moms need $1,000 in a savings account in her own name (and how to find it)

By Emma Johnson | June 3, 2019 | 1 Comment

If I have one goal in this lifetime, it is to help women see the connection between their financial security, and their personal power. When you have a strong income and earning potential, you make better decisions about your romantic relationships — dating men not who will pay your rent, but men who rock your world.…

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Clean out your jewelry box and rid yourself of clutter

By Emma Johnson | May 31, 2019 | 2 Comments

I’m a big fan of cleansing your life. Clutter is the enemy, and not just because stuff makes your home a mess, your closets, and drawers difficult to manage, and gives your housecleaner way too much work. Sell your bridal jewelry or other diamond jewelry to minimize this physical, mental and emotional clutter. Clutter — even…

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7 best free online checking accounts

By Whitney Odolo | May 30, 2019 | 0 Comments

Quick top pick: BBVA. Free checking, ATMs, cash-back debit card rewards, bill pay and mobile deposit. Plus: BBVA also has a high-interest savings account. Sign up for a free BBVA checking account >> Whether you’re tired of being charged a monthly service fee, or looking for a fresh start with a new bank, or want…

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How to get a background check

By Robyn Evans | May 28, 2019 | 2 Comments

I still remember the raised eyebrow stare my brother flashed my way. I told him I was meeting a male friend I hadn’t seen since high school. “Be careful,” he said, looking at me sideways. “You missed two decades.” My friend and I had a great time, but my brother had a point:it pays to…

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Do you feel guilty for divorcing a nice guy?

By Emma Johnson | May 24, 2019 | 177 Comments

Recently a mom emailed me: I feel so guilty for leaving my marriage. My husband is a really, really nice guy. He is a great dad, loves me a lot, has a good career. There was nothing really wrong with our marriage. I just didn't love him any more and wanted out.  Now, our divorce is…

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It's Just Lunch matchmaking service review

By Emma Johnson | May 22, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you’re ready to delete dating apps off your phone after years of disastrous dates, or you’re just thinking of dating after divorce, a breakup, a bad dating experience like getting ghosted from someone you felt a connection with, or long, dry spell, a matchmaker can be a great option. In fact, The Wall Street…

Sharing happy stories about your kids' dad (and a tribute to my ex-husband's hairy back)

By Emma Johnson | May 21, 2019 | 7 Comments

The past few months Helena has been obsessed with family stories. “Mommy, tell me a story about when I was  a baby,” she'll ask, and I'll tell her about how once, as a sleeping infant, her laugh broke the pin-drop silence of one of New York Public Library's reading rooms, eliciting a symphony of chuckles.…

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Who deserves to call themselves a “single mom”?

By Emma Johnson | May 17, 2019 | 122 Comments

Updated May 17, 2019 Below, you will find a polite, academic picking-apart of the who-gets-to-call-themselves-a-single-mom debate. It rages on, constantly, and after 7 years of blogging about single moms (and being one myself for 9 years), I have come to this conclusion: The argument about who is, and who is not a single mom is…

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Best robo-advisors for single moms to get started investing

By Emma Johnson | May 15, 2019 | 0 Comments

Robo-advisors are one of my favorite financial tools to recommend for long-term savings and investing goals. (It's one type of investing account.) While the name can be intimidating, good robo-advisors are easy to set up and manage, have very low fees, and require little work over the long term. I am a fan of robo-advisors…

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When to sell your antique and estate jewelry & questions to ask

By Emma Johnson | May 14, 2019 | 2 Comments

Recently, I was chatting with my good friend Sarah, who mentioned that she'd inherited her beloved grandmother's large antique sapphire-and-diamond brooch. I was surprised to hear this — after all, I've known Sarah for years, and see her a couple times per month. I've never seen or heard about this knock-out heirloom bling! “Oh, it…

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8 reasons online therapy is great for busy moms

By Emma Johnson | May 13, 2019 | 1 Comment

You're stressed. Feel like you're doing it 100% alone. Likely lonely. Maybe depressed. Therapy might sound good — but who has the time or money? Related: Questions to ask before paying for online therapy Plus, depending on where you live, and your situation, it might be embarrassing if your friends, colleagues, neighbors knew you went…