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Monthly Progress Report: Mothers and Fathers Edition

As spring turns into summer, we celebrate both Mother’s and Father’s Day. Time is a precious thing, so be sure to spend your time wisely and let your parents know how much they mean to you.

This month has been really exciting for me, financially that is. If you didn’t hear the good news announced a couple days ago, you’ll want to continue reading.

Once a month I like to feature other blogs, authors and posts I enjoyed reading. There are so many awesome bloggers that share a wealth of information, I can’t help but pass it on.

This is also a great way for me to keep track of my updates and progress for my anti-resolutions and leap list goals.


Top 5 Favorite Posts

10 Steps to Stop Dreaming and Start Packing – Live Bold and Bloom. I’ve followed this blog for awhile, and it’s one of my favorites! It doesn’t really have anything to do with finances, but it’s inspiring and constantly encouraging me to live life in a bold way.

Tax Tips to Live by For the First-Time FreelancerBrazenCareerist. As a freelancer, keeping track of tax related expenses and income can be really confusing. This article explains some simple tips to understand freelance taxes 101.

Putting Your Health Before Your FinancesModest Money. Neglecting my health is something I’ve done in the past because I was too focused on work. But this post is a good reminder of why our health should come first.

Helping You Get a PromotionDinksFinance. We all want to make more money, but we aren’t always equipped with the right methods to get it. If you’re working towards getting a promotion, these tips are just for you.

10 Frugal Ways to Save Big on BoozeYou Have More Than You Think. I know this article wasn’t published this month, but I just found it and had to share. I mean who doesn’t want to save money on alcohol?!


Popular Posts I’ve Written

8 Summer Vacation Ideas that Won’t Break the Bank – ReadyForZero Blog

5 Travel Hacks to Make the Most of Your Summer Trip – Careful Cents

3 Types of Income that Will Grow Your Wealth – PerkStreet Blog


Featured in the Media

I started off 2012 with the goal to get featured on a major media websites, like Lifehacker or The Consumerist. And last month, I officially met that goal! This month has been relatively quiet, since most of my energy went towards becoming debt free.

Let’s Talk Money Series – Interview at Tackling Our Debt


Guest Posts

This year I plan to publish at least one guest post per month. Below is the list of guest posts for May.

Starting Your Own Business: 5 Time Management Tips – GoGirl Finance


Other Awesomeness

I’m a regular guest for a weekly podcast on iTunes, and it’s gained more and more listeners every week. A new episode is released every Monday morning.

Take a moment to check out the blogs from my fellow podcasters:

And for the grand finale……………..THIS MONTH I AM FINALLY DEBT FREE!!! Getting out of debt is no easy feat, and I have a ton of respect for people who have done it, and are doing it.

In the next few weeks I will be explaining more about my debt free journey and how I paid off $14,000 in 14 months – making $37,000 a year.

Was May a good or bad month for you?

 Photo Credit: jenniferlstoddart

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About the author: Carrie Smith is a financial writer, business consultant and freelance coach. After paying off $14,000 of debt she quit her accounting day job and launched Careful Cents as a blog and community aimed at helping freelancers overcome financial mountains and build client-based businesses through meaningful relationships. She works one-on-one with freelancers and side-hustlers who are ready to make a profit without selling out. When she’s not writing about finance, and geeking out over numbers, she enjoys painting, sketching, and making food with her chef husband. You can connect with her in real time on Twitter or Instagram: @carefulcents.

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  • Modest Money May 31, 2012, 12:35 pm

    Thanks for the mention Carrie.  I’m going to have to remember to give my dad a call on Father’s Day.  Since my parents divorced when I was young we have a bit of a weird relationship.  We don’t keep in touch very often and he’s not the type to remember to call on birthdays.  So I end up feeling a little bitter and keep the cycle going by not reaching out to him on days like Father’s Day.  I should be more thankful for the effort he did make while I was growing up.

    • Carrie Smith May 31, 2012, 10:10 pm

      Having relationships with parents can be tough sometimes, and I don’t pretend to know your situation. All I can say is, once those moments are gone, you can’t get them back. So just do the best you can, with what you’ve got.

  • Benjamin Feldman May 31, 2012, 3:58 pm

    What??? You’re officially debt free? I missed your post on Tuesday! That is phenomenal, Carrie… Congratulations! Paying off $14,000 in 14 months is a pretty difficult accomplishment, so you should be very proud of your efforts. I can’t wait to hear more about how you did this. 

    • Carrie Smith June 3, 2012, 1:08 pm

      Yep! I’m finally debt free :) Thanks for being there to encourage me along the way. I definitely couldn’t have done it without the RFZ software.

  • AverageJoe June 1, 2012, 5:23 pm

    We’re giving away a copy of your favorite work-related book, Carrie: Work Revolution, signed by Julie Clow herself. All someone needs to do to win is to listen to what we tell you to do during the show. It takes 2 minutes to enter AND you get to listen to the cool Carrie Smith talk finance. What could be better?

  • Shawanda June 1, 2012, 5:55 pm

    Thanks for the link love, and congratulations on becoming debt free! I just subscribed to the podcast. Podcasts are awesome! Can’t wait to check it out. 

    • Carrie Smith June 3, 2012, 1:07 pm

      Thanks for subscribing to the podcast. Let me know how you like it!

  • Ash @ Sterling Effort June 7, 2012, 7:04 pm

    Hey Carrie,
    I’ve been a bit (a lot) out of the loop lately (for ever) so just wanted to say that it’s awesome to see you doing so well. Congrats on April and May :)