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How to save money by negotiating your bills

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Choices abound, but we’re taking a look at four companies disrupting how we think about paying bills: 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 her…

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Estate planning and will for single parents

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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?

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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

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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 boyfriend to the kids?

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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, apply makeup and a spritz of…

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How to save money on a low income

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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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Why Mental Health Matters to ALL of Us

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Mental
Health is so important that the entire month of May has been dedicated to this
issue for the past 70 years. 
Internationally recognized as one of the world’s most critical topics,  everyone from the British Royals to the United Nations have devoted time,
money and resources to this urgent  discussion.

“What mental health needs is more sunlight, more candor, more unashamed conversation.” ~ Glenn Close A Global Issue

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Will Your Divorce Be Safe Without A Protection Order?

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If you’re a victim of domestic abuse then it’s highly likely that your divorce will not be safe without a protection order. And sadly a protection order will only go so far.
Abuse, whether it’s physical, emotional or financial abuse, makes ending a relationship much, much harder. We know that on average it takes a victim seven attempts to leave an abuser before staying away for good. We also know that the risk (more...)

How Can I Save Money On My Divorce?

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Today’s guest post is by Hannah Clark
Every divorce is unique and will have different issues and outcomes based on the circumstances. However, most divorces have one thing in common – they can be costly. While there will always be fees and court costs associated with a divorce, not every divorce has to break the bank. You want to start your post-marriage life in the best possible situation, so it’s always important to consider how (more...)

If You’re In A Sexless Marriage, Should You Divorce?

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Does a sexless marriage mean you’re destined for divorce?
Well, maybe. Maybe not.
For sure, judging by the number of books and articles and the search requests for my blog, it’s a common issue. My clients and free consults, frequently remark that they’re living more like roommates than lovers.
What exactly is a sexless marriage? What do you do if you and your spouse aren’t having sex? Is it always a (more...)