Simone's Blog: Money Magnet

As the Director of Affiliate Relations at HomeFree-USA, I’ve always been fascinated with how people handle their money. Like everyone else, I’ve had my financial ups and downs. In fact, it took me 32 months to pay off $32,000 in credit card bills and build up a six-month emergency fund. While that was a very difficult period, I am grateful – and wiser -- for the experience.

Through my personal experiences and working at HomeFree-USA, I’ve gained a ton of insight that I feel compelled to share. You’ll find those lessons here. Feel free to take the thoughts and ideas that resonate with you most and put aside the rest for later. I look forward to sharing my journey.

Leisa’s Unconventional Savings Tips


Throughout my life I’ve befriended many older women who've provided guidance in their area of life expertise. Leisa is my money and spirituality expert (I have money advisors and spiritual advisors. She’s the only one that blends the two). Leisa’s also a money coach, and offers a fresh perspective that may help those of you who find saving money to be a struggle.


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Is Fear Holding You Back?


I recently had a major Aha! moment: I’ve been working on a project for a while and kept wondering why it’s taking sooooooo long to finish. I also noticed that when opportunities came my way that could move things along (not to completion, but progress) I would often stall or just forgo them completely, hurting myself. Why, why, why would I do this???

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It's National Homeownership Month!


June is one of my favorite months of the year - it’s National Homeownership Month! If you pay attention to financial news you may know that affordable homes for first time buyers is tight, and the price of homes for sale is rising across the board. So is now the best time for you to jump into the market?

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How to Afford Being a Caregiver


During the final 10 years of my grandmother’s life, she was cared for by my Aunt Shirley, who did a fantastic job and kept her alive far longer than expected. This constant care took a toll on my aunt though, and she quickly had to put a few things in place to ensure she didn’t go crazy and broke caring for her mother. 

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Cut the Cost of Working Out Via Your Phone


It’s finally warm outside!!! Wearing lighter clothing has a way of reminding us to recommit to exercise and eating right, but suppose you have little time and even less money? Fortunately there are several apps that will adjust to your schedule and budget.

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