With summer here and more people traveling, I have an easy way for you to save.  New Jerseyans-  it is possible to take up to two points off your license as well as get a discount on your car insurance. 

To read the article click the Lists, Links and Other Aides Tab and download the file. It is in a Word document so you shouldn't have a problem downloading it. However if you should, feel free to let me know and I will send you the file in a format which you are able to open. 

 My email is jacqueline.m.smith01@gmail.com

Hey everyone,
Our first contributor has given us a GREAT article. The Title is Mary's Staging Advice. It's loaded with steps to help you 'stage' your house yourself. This is usually done in real estate if the feedback is that the house is not tidy, cluttered or extremely styled. Sometimes, your house reflects you which is great, except if your trying to sell it to any potential buyer. Sometimes people have a hard time visualizing the house as their own and Mary's tips on how to stage without paying a fortune to have it done includes one item that anyone could try whether they're staging their home, having an open house or having company and want to give the house a baked apple pie smell. It's an extremely cost effective recipe you more than likely already have the ingredients for. The article is in the Tips From Professionals section of the page and Mary's contact information is listed on the NEW 'Contributors' section. 

Recipe for a mock apple pie potpourri:

        Four Apples, cored

        Four Tabs of butter

        4tsp. of cinnamon

        4tsp. of pumpkin pie spice

        Dark soda

 Fill the four cored apples with one tab of butter, 1 tsp of cinnamon, 1tsp of pumpkin spice and a dark soda. Place in the oven on 350 and five minutes before the viewing is scheduled, turn off the oven and let the fragrance fill the house

A Word version of the article complete with biographical information will be available shortly. Until then, you can find it in the contributors page along with the contact form for her.. also coming is her own website, links for that will be posted shortly. There you will be able to communicate with her directly, view her current listings, and get real estate advice as a buyer, seller and/or an agent

So about a week today took a little time away from the computer and spent some time with my aunt and uncle. My aunt gave me some great tip sand links that I'll be sharing with all of you of great sites, people and tv shows. I'm excited to see where this goes and some big updates are coming! Don't forget to check out the new interactive Forum, having trouble finding the link? Scroll your mouse over to where it says "more" a drop down list will appear  and a link that says "Community" will appear, share your good days and bad days, let us know what you want to see added to the site,etc. Thanks for checking in have a great day and keep stopping by for updates.  
It's still difficult to realize I'm starting all over again. But, I realized, you know I took a risk, got some great new skill sets and maybe I'll be in a position to help someone else from my experiences in the future. 

I saw a great you tube channel last night. I've written to the admin and asked if he would mind my posting his videos and what not on here. The're really practical, easy to understand and overall easy ways to save money when things are difficult financially. Hopefully more to come on him but for now I'm back to the grind.

Thanks for checking in everyone! Hope your day runs smooth to and keep your chin as high as you can get it. 
Let me begin by saying this; I never expected to be a millionaire with my degree.  I do not want anyone to read this and think- "Anthropology, how do you make money off of that?" I took the degree because I thought I would end up in a NGO. I wanted to help people, I was interested in traveling and making a difference in the world. I never thought my road would go quite like this. Let me explain a little with a brief bio.

I grew up in a suburb in New Jersey. My immediate family relations can be described at best- difficult. However, I had an amazing Aunt and Uncle and two cousins that would prove to be a strong support system my whole life. My parents divorced while I was in high school (it was a good thing hold off on the kleenex). My mother and I actually grew to have a good relationship for a few years. Then, during my last year and a half of school my mother's relationship and I deteriorated with many tears and a fight on my own end. I moved in to my Aunt and Uncle's home and after graduation I moved into an apartment with a very close friend of 15 years. However, that did not quite go as planned and I was left with a heavy financial burden. 

Needless to say I quickly threw myself into working and worked every hour I possibly could. I worked at my peak three jobs to make ends meet. Just to note these jobs were not high paying or high level positions which even required a Bachelor's Degree.

Not long after, and because of my one menial job I found the love of my life who has meant more to me than I could ever explain here. At one of these jobs, my co-workers and later boss, introduced me to him. He was unbelievably sweet and continues to be so. Since then, (almost two years) we've had our ups and downs due to this job market and my roller coaster ride on it. 

A lot of people understand and have been there but I've noticed something. We're spending an incredible amount of resources (i.e. time, money) having our resumes professionally critiqued, created, buying the infamous "interview suit", searching all the job sites, following up on the hundreds of applications we've made, using our networking skills, etc. but I haven't heard as many open up about the affects this market has had on them, how they're coping, how they got back to work, how they are making ends meet or even how they've helped someone else going through that situation. So what the hell got me here is this- where is the support for someone struggling with being unemployed?