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.

We All Lose Control At Some Point


I LOVE food! It’s the one expense that I rarely skimp on. I do this both for my health and because I love the communal and cultural experience that comes through a good meal (which is why I gained 20+ pounds while living in Atlanta. I ate everything I could put my hands on).

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Think you want to buy a home, but not sure it’s for you?


If you make average income, have debt, and/or pay attention to economic news, it’s easy to feel like you’ll never be able to afford to purchase a home.

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Saving during a lazy, crazy, activity-filled Summer


You’re now in the thick of it: no school, many events and a whole lot of hot weather. All of that can make a budget a wish list item, as you do whatever is fastest, easiest, and the most fun. 

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Health Savings Accounts: Easy money you could be missing out on


It’s a fact that health care is expensive in America. It’s expensive even for those in great shape who rarely go to the doctor. They are required to pay as much as a co-worker who has an illness which requires ongoing medical care.  This has caused many people to drop their health plan entirely.

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To buy or not to buy travel insurance, that is the question


Summer is the biggest vacation season of the year, so I'm sure you've seen all the suggestions (or fear tactics) for protecting your trip with travel insurance. Before you opt in, here's what you need to know.

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