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Life gets shitty so save your money

This winter has been the hardest season of my life. Right before christmas I found something out that broke my heart. In a moment, poof! the snowglobe I was living in broke apart and there I was – flopping like a fish on the ground, everything that used to surround me, gone. In the weeks…

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Buying a house? You made the wrong offer

I went on a long hike today with my friend. It’s 25 degrees in Portland but we walked for miles and miles before we turned back because he’s trying to buy a house in the impossibly hot Portland market and he just put in an offer on the house of his dreams and now he…

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3 best investments of 2015

If you’re like me, you spend the days between Christmas and New Years thinking about life. That’s what I love about this time of the year. People actually stop and think about their lives. What just happened to the last 365 days? What happened to me? My relationships? My body? My family? My money? I…

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Cheap dates end the same

**this is part 3 of a series on sharing money. Here’s part 1 and part 2** I remember the first big date that Andrew took me on. He picked me up at 6pm sharp. On the leather seat of his car was a single red rose. He had instructed that I should dress nicely, but wouldn’t…

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Sharing money, part 2

Earlier this summer, A and I started sharing money. I thought about writing that as “we combined money” but that sounds so passive. Sharing is the better descriptor – the daily act of taking what is ours individually and offering it with open hands to each other. Sharing is not an easy thing, but there are ways that we…

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Investing is like hot yoga

This is the thing about hot yoga – we hear about the amazing results, our friends are all bragging about it, we think to ourselves, yeah, I should get into that!, maybe we even buy a new pair of sweat-resistant yoga pants, but we just don’t know how to get started. If you want to get…

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Starving artists should buy houses

I get the same call every year: “Emma, this is your realtor. Just want to say congratulations on the anniversary of you becoming a homeowner.” The day I picked up my house keys for the first time, I drove alone to my new house, parked in my driveway and let myself inside. I walked through…

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