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Clean out your jewelry box and rid yourself of clutter

By Emma Johnson | May 31, 2019 | 2 Comments

Clutter is the enemy, and not just because stuff makes your home a mess, your closets, and drawers difficult to manage. Clutter hold you back in life. Sell your bridal jewelry or other diamond jewelry to minimize this physical, mental and emotional clutter — and make money while you're at it! Worthy is the leading site…

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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 | 3 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 | 178 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…

Share happy stories about your kids' dad [co-parenting tip]

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 | 123 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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When to sell your antique and estate jewelry & questions to ask

By Emma Johnson | May 14, 2019 | 4 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…

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24 questions to ask before paying for online therapy

By Holly Johnson | May 10, 2019 | 0 Comments

Are you considering therapy? Sometimes getting to an on-site therapist isn’t possible, but that’s no longer an excuse for not getting the help you need — and deserve. According to the World Health Organization, two-thirds of people who knowingly suffer from mental illness don't seek treatment. If you suffer depression, anxiety, overwhelm, relationship or career…

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EliteSingles review

By Stacey Freeman | May 8, 2019 | 0 Comments

Thanks to the ease of use or the increased potential for finding a match (be it for romance, partnership, a hookup, marriage, or anything in between), online dating has become a mainstream choice for those of any age, walk of life, and lifestyle. According to The Knot, online dating is the #1 most common way…

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How to become a bookkeeper and find at-home bookkeeping jobs

By Holly Johnson | May 7, 2019 | 0 Comments

If you love numbers and math and actually enjoy tracking data in spreadsheets, a career as a bookkeeper can be a great fit for moms — especially since these high-paying jobs are often available on a part-time basis, as a work-at home side gig. Some bookkeepers earn $60 per hour while working from home, and…

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13 financial steps to a rich life as a single mom

By Emma Johnson | May 6, 2019 | 37 Comments

Are all single moms destined for poverty, loneliness and effed-up kids? Quick answer: NO. Keep reading for details on how to build an amazing life, find love and raise happy kids as a single mother, including my own journey to building a business, income, savings, investments and wealth. Here are my steps to living a…

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Online dating apps: The ultimate guide for single moms

By Emma Johnson | April 24, 2019 | 18 Comments

If you're new to online dating as a single mom, it can be overwhelming and confusing. Which online dating apps are the best? Which dating sites are full of freaks and pervs? Where can you find nice guys? What about single dads looking for a relationship? A fun date? Love? Hot sex? All of the…

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How to create a single mom budget you will stick to

By Emma Johnson | April 24, 2019 | 1 Comment

Tired of reaching the end of the month, wondering where in the world all your money went? Have some big financial goals you're trying to reach — buy or refinance a house, pay off the car, get rid of debt, save for a vacation, help your kids pay for college? What about just creating a…

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How to get through divorce without going bankrupt

By Emma Johnson | April 19, 2019 | 0 Comments

Fact: Divorce is one of the leading predictors of both bankruptcy and home foreclosure. Women are especially prone to a long-term financial fallout from divorce. Within a year of the end of their marriages, women are three times more likely to live in poverty than men, according to U.S. Census Bureau data. The London School…

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How to buy your first car as a grown-ass woman

By Emma Johnson | April 17, 2019 | 0 Comments

I recently read this post in my Facebook group, Millionaire Single Moms, and it made me feel all the good feels: At 40 years of age this happened today: I purchased my first car on my own — no male input, no ex-husband choosing which car, no parents weighing in on my choice… this beautiful…

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Best gifts for single moms for Mother’s Day

By Emma Johnson | April 15, 2019 | 1 Comment

While brunch and a card are always nice, consider getting the single mom in your life something a little more persona. Thoughtful. You could even blow her mind. I recently asked members of my Facebook group, Millionaire Single Moms (have you joined yet?) what they would give to a friend whose divorce was just finalized,…

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What every single parent needs to know about taxes for 2018 filing

By Emma Johnson | April 11, 2019 | 3 Comments

Updated Jan. 8, 2019 to reflect the newest tax laws. Gah! Taxes! No one likes them (except maybe accountants and sadists), but you and I know we have to deal with them. As a single mom or dad, there are specific considerations you must take when filing your taxes — things your married parents don’t…

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9 steps for single moms to pay off debt for good

By Emma Johnson | April 8, 2019 | 23 Comments

Are you a single mom who wants to pay off debt for GOOD? If you live with consumer debt, you are not alone. According to U.S. Federal Reserve data U.S. households have on average $15,863 in credit card debt and $33,090 in student loans, while the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau reports that a full 52% of…