Announcements & Freebies

Recently, I’ve been creating free extras to go with my recent posts. Instead of making you chase them all down to download them, I’ve rounded them all up in my free resource library: The Furry Finches Freesource Library!
Introducing the Freesource Library
To go along with my recent series, I’ve created a workbook to help you through the entire process of creating a successful debt repayment plan. This workbook is one of the most recent items included in the library, along with the free Debt Repayment Plan checklist.
If you’d like to read through the series after you get your workbook, you can read through the series here:

  1. What it is and why it’s important
  2. How to calculate your debt pay-off date
  3. Common budgeting techniques
  4. The best way to apply extra payments
  5. Tips for controlling spending
  6. Making better financial choices
  7. Creating strong financial goals
  8. Putting it all together

If you’d like access to these freebies, and MORE, sign up now!
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Goal Check-In: Day 150

Today marks the 150th day of the year! That means it’s the 150th day of my 2016 goals, including my savings challenge. I posted an update at the 50 day & 100 day marks to help me stay accountable. I’ve made it a goal to post an update every 50 days to help hold myself accountable.
Unfortunately, the past 50 days have been a significant drop in my savings. This is partially due to a decrease in my Food cash category ($250 biweekly to $150 biweekly).
Here is my 150 day savings update:
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The Complete Guide to Creating A Debt Repayment Plan

Today, we’re going to be wrapping up the Debt Repayment Plan Series! We’ll be putting it all together to create our successful debt repayment plans!

If you have been following along with the Debt Repayment Series, you’ll notice a lot of today’s final post is a review of previous posts. If you would like more detailed information on a specific topic, simply click on the heading to be taken to the original post.
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What to Know About Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder

Today I’m going to be focusing on Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder (abbreviated OCD), another anxiety disorder. OCD affects 1-2% of the population. While this isn’t a high number, it’s not excluded from media portrayal, by any means (Monk, As Good As It Gets, etc.)
If you’ve never heard of OCD, here’s a brief rundown: Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder is made up of two distinct parts of the disorder: obsessions, and compulsions.
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Creating Strong Financial Goals (DRS #7)

I started to include this a previous post, Making Better Financial Choices, but it made it way too dense. Today we’re going to be looking at how to develop strong financial goals.

Types of Goals

There are typically 3 groups of goals: Short-term, Mid-term, and Long-term. I break them like this:
Short-term goals can be completed in less than 2 years.
Mid-term goals will take somewhere between 2 & 4 years to complete.
Long-term goals will take 4 or more years to complete.
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Friday Favorites: The ONE Thing

I just finished listening to The One Thing by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan, and I enjoyed it so much I’ve decided to make it my Friday Favorite! This is not a sponsored post and all opinions are 100% my own. I have included an affiliate link to the book on Amazon, so if you buy it through that link I might get compensated.

The One Thing by Gary W. Keller and Jay Papasan has been very inspiring, particularly related to my journey with blogging. The book inspired me to create a strong plan of action, focusing on my ultimate goal and working backwards to what I should be doing now. I am a new blogger and have struggled with feeling overwhelmed by the many, MANY things that go in to running a blog. Listening to this book helped me to calm down and whittle down to my ONE thing, focusing on my priority and working towards my ultimate goal with focus and purpose.
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Changing It Up Challenge: Making Better Financial Choices (DRS #6)

This is the 6th post in the Debt Repayment Plan Series! If you’re new to this series, start here.

Throughout life, we make many, many choices. Many of those choices are financial, whether we realize it or not. And I’ve made some pretty odd financial choices, according to society. For example:

  • I kept the fixed repayment option for my student loans because it would cost me the least amount overall.
  • I only spent 3 years getting my Bachelor’s, because
    1. I could, and
    2. It was cheaper that way.
  • I bought The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Personal Finance in Your 20s and 30s when I was 17 because I knew I wanted to have control of my finances.

That’s just the beginning. I’m a giant weirdo when it comes to money and debt. And you know what? I’m proud. I’m not comfortable having debt and I want it gone, as soon as possible.

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What I've Learned From My First 3 Months Blogging

This has been a crazy three months. I can’t believe my first quarter blogging is almost over! It’s been a blur!
I started this blog on Valentine’s Day after about 3 months of contemplation. I originally had kind of a general idea of what I wanted to write about, like my journey towards becoming debt-free, why dogs are incredible, and information about mental health. But I wanted to feel restricted in what I wrote, so I threw myself into the lifestyle umbrella.
I came up with a weekly schedule for posting (Money, Wednesday, and Friday). I started out with some theme days: What I’m Reading Wednesday and Friday Favorites. After I got more comfortable (and switched to handwriting my posts first), I shifted to writing lengthier posts with fewer theme days.
Then I decided to do a series about the different pieces that go into creating a successful debt repayment plan. I might have done it a little early into my blog, but that’s okay. I’m trig to decide if I should turn it into an email course or a workbook. Feedback is appreciated!
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Important Facts About Depression

Today I want to share some information about depression with you. I’ll start with some basic facts, like the actual title of depression: Major Depressive Disorder (abbreviated MDD).
People typically think of depression as extreme sadness. While sadness is one symptom of depression, it’s just the tip of the iceberg. There are a lot of symptoms that often get overlooked, like: Read more