Millennials: Why Are You Financing Concert Tickets? #FridayReads

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Some articles caught my eye this morning and I had to share them with you: Millennials are financing everything from bed sheets to concert tickets These millennials spend their days on the beach and still make money. Here’s how How Running Helped Me Face a Decades-Old Eating Disorder This CEO was once hired by Google … Read more

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7 Must Have DIY Tools For Weekend Warriors

7 must have diy tools for weekend warriorsDo you watch shows on HGTV and think “I can do that!”? Do you idolize the work of designers like Joanna Gaines? Well, I have a great list for you below! It’s the 7 Must Have DIY Tools for Weekend Warriors like yourself.

Now, before you go trying to knock down walls or hang some old flea market find on the wall in your study, make sure you have these DIY tools. You don’t want to pull a Steve Urkel and go from “I can do that!” to “did I do that?”.

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5 Ways to Make Training for Your First 5K Not Suck

training for your first 5kLook, I think it’s great that you’re training for your first 5K. However, if you haven’t run a mile since high school — or never run period — it’s not as simple as jumping off the couch and hitting the road.

Well, it is in theory. But, there’s much more involved to prepare you before you line up on race day.

Running isn’t something you just go and do on a whim. It takes dedication. So, if you’re not up for missing a football game or the latest episode of The Bachelor, then forget it. You might as well stay on the couch.

That said, if you’re ready to put the damn video game controller down, let’s get started. Below, I outlined basic, but necessary steps to get you from thinking about being a runner — to actually getting that finisher’s medal around your neck.

The hard work begins now. So, stop reading if you’re too scared.

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3 Lifestyle Changes To Make While Paying Down Debt

lifestyle changes*** Hey Run The Money fans, I want to share a guest post with you today from our buddy Jacob over at DollarDiligence.com. He’s giving us some great insight on lifestyle changes he made while paying off his debt. 

Fun fact about Jacob: Aside from his teaching career, he likes to learn & write about managing money and going on road trips to new locations. Make sure to follow him on Twitter @DollarDiligence! Take it away, Jacob! ***

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If you are like many Americans, you may find yourself in debt. Whether you owe money on a mortgage, a car loan, student loans or have crushing credit card debt, finding yourself “in the red” can cause tremendous stress and anxiety.  Yet it is possible to work your way out of debt — with smart planning and changes to your lifestyle and finances to slowly by surely dig your way out of your financial hole.

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Top 7 Most Popular Gadgets on Amazon Under $200

most popular gadgets on amazonWhat technology, gadgets and electronics can you absolutely not live without? Chances are they made the list of the most popular gadgets on Amazon — and under $200 no less!

Consider this a chance to indulge for all you techies out there. Some things you may have, some you may want, and some you may not know you even wanted (add those to your Amazon wish list).

Regardless, you can be thrilled to know you won’t need to spend a fortune on your next tablet, television, or streaming device. Oh, and I included Amazon’s own branded products as well.

Enjoy!

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10 Takeaways from the 2017 Hardest Cider Run in Biglerville, PA

hardest cider run race reviewDo you want do the Hard Cider Run? Well, if you’re a fan of challenging 5Ks, a competitive racing atmosphere, awesome runners’ swag, and, of course, hard cider — you’ve got to do this race. Check out my 2017 Hardest Cider Run race review — and seriously consider signing up for a race near you.

As I mentioned previously, the folks over at The Color Run reached out to me in June to run in the Hershey, PA Color Run. I happily obliged as it would be the first time I was able to represent Run The Money in person. It also gave me the idea to reach out to the awesome crew at Sour Fish Events and inquire about the Hardest Cider Run in Biglerville, PA.

And let me tell you — I’m so very glad I did! Working with Chloe to secure my spot and help promote this race and their upcoming Great Pumpkin Runs in Pennsylvania and Maryland has been nothing short of exciting.

But, enough about that. Let’s get to the Hardest Cider Run race review. That’s why you’re here.

Here are my takeaways. Enjoy!

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Boost Your Financial Health with a Smart Investment

smart investmentMaking a smart investment is about making choices that will not only meet your unique needs in the present, but also ensure you are able to accomplish your financial goals in the future. This will likely be dictated by your personal circumstances that affect the decisions you make. Nonetheless, whether you are saving for retirement, a home or education for your children, it is imperative to have a plan that ensures the healthy growth of your finances. Therefore, before choosing any investment instruments, you need to consider some strategies.

1. Investing principles to consider

a. Know where you are

When looking to make an investment, it is important to consider where you are. For example, if you are approaching retirement, the safest bet will be to invest in risk-free instruments such as certificates of deposits or money market funds. However, these investments only offer dismal returns. On the other hand, if you are not nearing retirement, you can afford to invest in areas that pay higher yields. In addition, you need to figure out if you are investing for the long term or short term. This will help you in aligning your investments according to your needs.

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13 Perfect Gifts for Fitness and Running Fanatics

gifts for fitness and running fanaticsIf you never know what to get people for holidays or birthdays, you may want to consider what their hobbies are. For instance, if you need gifts for fitness and running fanatics in your life, we have some interesting ideas that will make you the gift-giving king or queen! We covered it all. You will definitely be able to find something useful to the runners, cyclists, or yogis in your life. Check out our affiliate links below for more information.

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8 Money Blogs To Help Keep Your Finances in Check

personal finance bloggersDo you have any favorite personal finance bloggers?

As a personal finance (and health) blogger myself, I have quite a few that I look to for inspiration and knowledge of the subject. After all, I realize I have so much more to learn. I consider myself a constant student of the subject.

Also, I enjoy commenting on various blogs and having a chance to engage people. It’s a great way to learn from each other as well as get Run The Money a little exposure.

I thought I’d share with all of you the personal finance bloggers that I follow. What’s fun about the blogging world is everyone has a different voice and perspective. So, it’s interesting to see the view each blogger takes on all matters personal finance.

Check out my list below and compare it with the personal finance bloggers you check in with on a regular basis. Let me know more about who you follow in the comments

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10 Side Hustles Anyone Can Start Right Now

10 side hustlesI’ve always been a huge proponent of the side hustle. That’s why today I found 10 side hustles I think you’re going to love and all you can begin right away.

If you’re not particularly a fan of being chained to a desk and/or clocking in and out somewhere, it’s a way to begin plotting your escape. On the other hand, if you do like your job, it’s a way to supplement your family’s income.

Either way, side hustles are a win-win!

Here are 10 side hustles I’ve found to be particularly interesting. They can all be started today and get you on a path to earning more money! I’ve also included some of my affiliate links to help you get started right away.

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