Category: Making Ends Meet

Not all lawyers make a lot of money. And even a high salary might not be enough to live a luxurious lifestyle and pay off debt. Sometimes you just have to go to basics in order to make ends meet – minimalism, frugality, budgeting. It’s being smart, and there’s no reason to feel embarrassed. Every dollar saved goes toward your future – whether in the law or in another profession. Every dollar goes toward your independence.

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Live on a Budget Without Embarrassment

An ex once told me that I was impossible to embarrass. He was exasperated by this, but I took it as a compliment. (I couldn’t fathom leaving the house if I were as easily embarrassed as him). This lack of embarrassment makes frugal living easy....

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Three Steps to Restart Your New Year’s Resolutions

January 1 is easy. You’re filled with excitement and hope. And you’re surrounded by other people with the same optimism. January 2-5, you might still be coasting on that optimism and the successes of your past. And January 6 onward is hard. Ok it’s all...

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How to KonMari Your Finances

There’s so much bad personal finance advice out there – so much clutter. It’s time you all learned how to KonMari your finances. Get rid of the bad advice – the tips that are wrong, or don’t fit you or spark joy in your life....

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Side Jobs for Lawyers – A Terrible Idea?

Not every legal job pays well and some pay so poorly that lawyers are forced into side hustles. As lawyers, though, side hustles come with a word of caution. Practicing law on the side has a slew of pitfalls that could imperil your job and...

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Cheap People Are the Worst

Personal finance is personal – one person can choose vacations over a nice house whereas another person would rather keep her creature comforts (and herself) at home. Both the people listed above are prioritizing what they want – which is good and not cheap. Cheap...

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5 Outdated Money Tips That Everyone Still Believes

Reading quick money tips is my junk food. But sometimes the tips are so outdated, they leave a bitter taste in my mouth. A lot of (lazy) personal finance writers would argue that their advice is timeless but that cannot be true. The world is...

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How to Be Happy on a Low Income

It’s easy to think that the rich life is the happier life, but it’s sometimes easier to be happy on a low income. Fact of the matter is, opulence can be an impediment to happiness. For instance, my friends still talk about a certain buffet...

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The 50-30-20 Budget is Stupid; Here’s What to Do Instead

The 50-20-30 budget is one of the most popular budgets according to personal finance “experts.” In it, you spend 50% on needs, 20% on savings/debt reduction and 30% on “wants.” This is a terrible plan for almost every income and lifestyle. The 50-30-20 budget is...