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Robin Rose

Robin is a full-time business professional who has worked in the financial services industry for over 20 years. She is also a personal finance blogger who shares her first hand experience with the struggles of money and debt. On Mastering the Side Jam, she focuses on ways to maximize efficiencies to make & save money, pay off debt, and live your best life. She has been been featured on The Money Mix, Rockstar Finance, The Financial Diet and Women's Money Talk, and has been quoted in various online publications.

9 Ways to Celebrate the Holidays Without Buying Gifts

Shopping for the Holidays

It’s the holiday season.

Are you done shopping for gifts? Have you even STARTED shopping yet??

Orrrr…….

Will you be shopping for gifts at all??

*Dun dun dunnnnn …….*
(dramatic sound effect)

Would I be a total Scrooge if I suggested you not buy any gifts at all this year?

Lately I’ve been contemplating the things I LOVE about Christmas, aaand the things I hate don’t like quite as much about Christmas.

Things to love:  

  • Memories from when I was a kid
  • The season’s first snowflakes making landfall
  • My two dogs playing in the snow
  • Christmas carols
  • The smell of a real Christmas tree
  • Driving through the neighborhood looking at all the festive holiday lights

 

Things I could do without:  

  • Pushy, inconsiderate people at the mall
  • Long lines at the grocery store
  • Crowded parking lots
  • Coworkers pushing deadlines onto you at the last minute so they can leave for Christmas vacation
  • Traffic jams
  • People who don’t sneeze into their sleeves
  • Post-Christmas credit card hangover

 

Now some of the things above cannot be avoided.

You can’t exactly tell your coworker to take their work assignment and shove it up their *ahem* chimney.

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The Reason for Your Season

This is NOT a post about the holidays.

You’ll see a lot of blog posts around this time of year, talking about the true meaning of Christmas, or whatever holiday you happen to be celebrating. While I do thoroughly enjoy those type of holiday-themed posts, this is not one of them.

This blog post is more about you. The reason for your season. Whatever phase of life you happen to be in.

Whether you’re just starting out, recently graduated, making a career change, or settling into your groove.

If you’ve built a solid resume of specific experiences, or have bounced around as a Jack or Jane of all trades.

Or if you’re embracing a new phase in life, ready for retirement — whatever that specifically means for you. That may mean you want to slow things down, or it could also mean you’d like to be more active, traveling the country, or even the world.

And it could mean nothing is really changing work-wise. Just that you will now spend time doing the type of work that actually makes you smile.

Whatever season of life you are in at the moment –

What motivates you? What makes you tick?

It’s finding out your “why” —

 

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Make Money on the Side with Car Sharing – Side Jam Interview #11

Make Money on the Side With Car Sharing
Make Money on the Side with Car Sharing

 

Make Money on the Side with a Car Sharing Side Jam

Hey everyone — It’s been a while since I’ve shared a Side Jam interview, but here’s a new and interesting one for you. Do you have a car that you maybe only use part time? Do you travel for work, or even work from home?

If your vehicle spends its days sitting in your garage, then you may want to look into car sharing. With peer to peer car sharing platforms, you can make money by renting your vehicle to others.

Meet Justin, who makes money on the side by successfully renting out his vehicles. He uses the car sharing website Turo to list his cars and find customers who are interested in renting them short term.

By the way — Do YOU have a Side Jam you’d like to share?

Let me know by filling out THIS FORM, and you could be featured on my blog!

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13 Lessons Classic Horror Movies Teach Us About Personal Finance

13 Finance Lessons Learned from Horror Movies

I grew up watching horror movies. Which is a bit comical, since I’m pretty much a big chicken.

No joke. If someone jumps out at me from around the corner yelling “Boo!”, I’m gone.

You’ll find me two miles down the road, without a thought of returning until the whole house has been purged of evil spirits.

I don’t know why I consented to watch all of these films. Maybe it was a sign of the times.

Because it seems like the 80’s was the decade of scary movies. Or that could just be my warped recollection.

But family fun night — let’s watch Friday the 13th!

Teenage sleepover — of course, Sleepaway Camp!

And for the annual Halloween party — well, I’d expect nothing less than gathering together to watch our favorite silent masked villain — no, not that one, the other one. Michael Myers, of course.

Watching horror movies was a legit rite of passage when I was a kid.

And it went hand-in-hand with checking under my bed, sleeping with the lights on, and asking my dad to check for monsters in the closet.

And yes, as a full grown adult, I am still afraid of the dark.

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