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 First Month of Blogging

So it’s actually been about a month and a half … In hindsight, I should’ve started this list waaay sooner. There are tons of things I’ve learned through trial and error, which seemed totally monumental at the time. But once you get over that so-called mountain, all of the angst and frustration disappears and you move on to the next thing. Regardless, here is what I’ve learned during my first month blogging — which, let me tell you, doesn’t even begin to scratch the surface. Although I do feel it’s important to document some of the basics (which I’m sure …

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Why You Might Choose to Start a Blog Anonymously

Why I Choose to Blog Anonymously

Starting a blog is a scary thing. You’re putting yourself out there for the whole world to see.  All eyes are on you. Will anyone read it? Will anyone take you seriously? And if they do take you seriously, will they hate everything you’ve written? There are so many great bloggers out there … how can you possibly compete with their awesome-ness? What if one of them reads your stuff and calls you a fraud — or what if NO ONE reads your stuff??? Aaaaccckkkk!!!!!! You open yourself up to such intense criticism, who knows if you will ever recover.     …

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Talk to Your Kids About Credit Cards & Debt

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My son went shopping yesterday for a new bathing suit. He came home with a new Speedo, and a department store credit card. First, let me clarify that the Speedo is a pair of swim trunks, and not the piece of stretchy material that is typically imagined when one thinks of a Speedo. Now that we have that particular visual addressed, I’ll get back to the issue at hand — his first credit card. My son is a recent college graduate. He’s 22 years old, so clearly an adult who can make his own choices. And yet, I feel extremely protective (and …

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7 Ways to Help Someone with Social Anxiety

So this post is going to be a little different … I don’t have much to say about making or saving money. I don’t have helpful tips on how to build your blog. I have no courses or affiliates to recommend.  This post is different, because yesterday was a really tough day for me. Yes, I said that heinous word “me” — instead of “you”. Because when you start a blog, it’s all about the audience, and I get that. You’re not supposed to talk about yourself, because strangers aren’t particularly interested in your life — They visit your blog to …

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