Robin Rose

Robin is a full-time business professional who has worked in the insurance 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.

What I Learned My Second Month of Blogging

What I Learned My Second Month Blogging -- WordPress Tips, Website Optimization and Pinterest - What I'd recommend, and what I'd do differently

Last month I shared my very first post on what I learned in this amazing world of blogging. It was such an eye opener, and I eluded to the fact that my comments wouldn’t even scratch the surface. Well, I’m here to tell you, as of my second month blogging, that is still the case! There is soooo much to learn, on many days I’ve just felt lost, floating around in a canoe that has no oars. But you know what? I’ve also learned so many little pieces of information. And when putting it all together, it somehow begins making …

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A Journey to Get out of Debt

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  Dealing with Credit Card Debt Here we go — Round Two of this Credit Card Debt Repayment Journey — Last month I started documenting my progress toward paying off the credit card debt we’ve accumulated over the past couple of years. The point was to understand exactly where our debt is, and gain structure around what we can pay off each month. While it hasn’t been an exact science, at least it has been a starting point. And then there’s the whole accountability thing. If I’m putting this all out there for the world to see (albeit anonymously), at least …

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How to Use Pinterest to Boost Blog Traffic

How to Increase Your Blog Reach with Pinterest Getting Started with Pinterest In my last Blogging Update, I posted about dipping your toes into the Pinterest waters, and trying the various tools that can supposedly drive more traffic to your blog. I’ve been experimenting with some of these, and wanted to share what I’m learning so far. This post contains affiliate links as well as my honest opinions (which I’m sure may fluctuate over time.) Feel free to peruse my findings, poke at any of the flaws, and come to your own conclusions. Also note that I am a part-time …

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Gen X Student Loan Debt – How I Got There

Closing the Generation Gap - Millennial Student Loan Debt

I’ve been reading a lot about Millennials and how they are handling their student loan debt. There are tons upon tons of articles and blogs out there documenting how the younger generation has successfully managed and paid off their debt. And I think that’s awesome. In fact, I would be ecstatic if my son would take a page from any of those books, so he can eventually implement a creative strategy of his own. But that’s a story for a different day. It’s not my story. My story starts a little earlier than that, since I’m not a millennial. I …

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