Money Makeover Monday Part II: Get a Little Wiggle Room in Those Jeans

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Written by Jessica Swesey of LifeTuner
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Remember when you were younger and you seriously thought that more money would mean fewer problems? Then you grew up and realized this is sooooooo not the case. In fact, people with more money often have the same kinds of problems that they did when they had less.
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Here's a reality check: People with more money than you may still be living paycheck to paycheck. So it's not what you make, really, it's how much you've spent (and saved)!
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This kind of paycheck-to-paycheck lifestyle can cause all sorts of stress. You essentially have no safety cushion—it's like walking around with no wiggle room in your favorite jeans. One tiny potato chip and the seams burst, exposing your booty to the world.
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The truth is that there are universal things that we can do for our money—no matter our income levels—that can do wonders in getting us out of paycheck-to-paycheck living. Some are obvious like keeping an emergency savings fund, while others may be not-so-obvious like making sure you have the right level of insurance. This is why I wanted to share this podcast interview with Michael Rubin, a financial literacy educator and author of "Beyond Paycheck to Paycheck: A Conversation About Income, Wealth and the Steps in Between."
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Check it out. Jot down some of Michael's tips, and give yourself some wiggle room!
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Part two of a four-part guest post series by Jessica Swesey who is the Managing Editor of LifeTuner.org, a place to get financial tools, tips and direct access to financial experts who answer your questions online.
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An active part of the Mom It Forward team, Jyl primarily writes about parenting, social good, and all things travel related. In a past life, Jyl was an award-winning copywriter and designer of corporate training programs for Fortune 100 companies. Offline, Jyl is married to @TroyPattee; a mom to two teen boys and a beagle named #Hashtag; loves large amounts of cheese, dancing, and traveling; and lives in the beautiful Rocky Mountains. Topping her bucket list is the goal to visit 50 countries by the time she's 50.

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