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Robin

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.

The Long Journey of a Side Hustler

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The Long Journey of a Side Hustler

Defying Stereotypes

Quick — when someone uses the term “side hustler“, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind?

  • A fast-talking charlatan, using sleight of hand to con you out of your life savings?
  • A 20-something jack-of-all-trades, picking up gigs to support video game downloads and extra beer money?
  • Or even an insta-famous social influencer promoting their must-see makeup hacks?

 

social influencer selfie - side hustler extraordinaire

 

Well, I’ve got some interesting news for you.

Because the stereotypical side hustler has evolved over the years.

And here’s one you may have never thought would meet the criteria:

Middle-aged corporate professional, with an aversion to social functions, and an affinity for creative expression.

Does that sound like a side hustler?

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Looking for Free Stuff? Be Careful — Sometimes Free Isn’t Really Free

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Who Doesn’t Love Free Stuff?

 

Everybody Loves Free Stuff

I was scrolling through Facebook the other morning, when something caught my eye.

It was brown and furry, with big feet, a pink button nose, and long floppy ears. OMG someone was giving away bunnies!!! 

Immediately, I was in love.

And I started going over all these plans in my mind. Plans of how I might bring this little puff ball into my life.

Because it would be as easy as stopping by the local farm, picking out a rabbit, and bringing him home. Easy peasy.

In my town, there are several large farms. These farms sell fresh produce, flowers, eggs, baked goods, various crafts, and are just altogether fun to go visit. Lots of times they’ll support a charity event by selling their wares, and also include a petting zoo to entertain the kids. Or me — cuz, like, I’m just a big kid at heart.

One of the events going on that very day was not terribly far from my house. They were having all of the cool stuff above, plus goats, chickens, and a bunch of other fun activities.

But the part that totally had me lingering on the post was about the bunnies. Apparently the farm was partnering with a local rescue organization to rehome these bunnies for adoption.

And their pictures were sooo cute — big fluffy squishy puffalumps, sitting on the laps of volunteers. They looked so happy, so content, and so cuddly! And they were FREE!!!!

OMG, how could we NOT get a bunny??

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Staying Focused to Pay Off Debt

Doing Bills to Pay Off Debt
Dude – Hit me up with another cup. We may be here for a while …

 

Current Progress to Pay Off Debt

I’ve started and stopped writing this post so many times, it’s unreal. Every time I wanted to post an update, I’d reconsider, thinking enough progress hadn’t been made.

The entire premise of this blog is based on my journey to pay off debt. The ways I’ve been trying to make money on the side, and pursuing side hustles, in order to do that.

But somewhere along the line, your priority list gets a little jumbled. And you forget what it was you were originally setting out to do. Which isn’t to say the debt journey documentation has ended, by any means. In fact, if anything — its existence has extended even further.

Not because we’ve added anything significant to our existing debt. But because we’ve been doing a cr*ppy job (in my opinion) of paying it down successfully.

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Money and Health Topics: Women Demand More

Women Demand More - Woman Facing Sunset

 

When Worlds Collide

So something really interesting happened last week.

I attended an online webinar in my workplace, and it had to do with topics that I write about on this blog.

Which was super exciting for me, because very rarely does my day job overlap with my after hour activities.

Yes, I do work in the financial services industry — but the actual topic of my work is not something I blog about. I’m not a financial advisor, and don’t offer actual money advice to any of my readers.

Because, c’mon — that would just be asking for trouble, now wouldn’t it?

Plus — see my Disclaimer — I will never even pretend to offer financial advice to anyone who reads my blog. Unless it were to say “Hey you, stop being like me! And cut up those blasted credit cards!!”

But other than that, I’m happy to just be the anecdotal example of how not to fritter your money away over the years.

Which is why I was tickled up and down to see my employer partner with Fidelity to offer this free online webinar. I jumped right onto that opportunity, and signed up for the very first presentation. And was chomping at the bit to discover all the discussion might entail, so I could share my learnings with you all.

And while the following may be specific to women, I’d encourage any fellas out there to read it as well. Think of it from the perspective of your wife, or mother, or sister.

Consider the information below as seen through the eyes of your daughter, or future granddaughter, or niece.

Note: This is not a sponsored or affiliate post. It’s just information I learned and wanted to share.

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