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My experience living roommates and house hacking for 13 months.
Is having roommates all it’s cracked up to be? 

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In today’s mini episode I share why I rented out two bedrooms in my house and some of the challenging situations that I had to deal with while living with roommates. What was living with two roommates like? I would be lying if I said that living with roommates was easy but after 13 months of house hacking, I can look back at my experience, appreciate the lessons and move on with my life. 

Living with two roommates was extremely challenging – there were plenty of stressful moments, lots of annoying moments and quite a few tears. The truth is, after signing the dotted line and buying a house back in May 2017, I quickly realized that I wasn’t financially prepared for the aftermath.

What was living with two roommates like? 

Here I was the owner of a beautiful home but I had no furniture or working appliances. My house was empty and I didn’t have any money saved up for furniture or decorations. 

Slowly buying what I needed, I got roommates to help pay off all the credit card debt that I accumulated and offload some of my monthly expenses.

What’s important here is that I had a goal for the extra income. I used the extra income to pay off debt, pay my monthly bills and I saved the rest. 

Although there are obviously plenty of financial benefits to having roommates, it’s not always about the money. You have to also think about how having roommates may affect your mental and physical health.

Overall, I’m thankful that I’m at a point where I can afford to live on my own now. 

Helpful Tip: When saving for a house also save up for furniture, appliances and repairs. 


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Meet the Host – Danielle Desir 

My name is Danielle Desir, and I believe that when we make informed financial decisions, we can go extremely far. As a financially savvy traveler, I also believe that anyone can afford to travel, and this podcast shares the tools and resources, secrets and stories of how travelers from around the world are making smart money decisions to afford to travel more, pay off debt and build wealth.

Read more about me here.

Ogechi the founder of One Savvy Dollar Talks Tuition Reimbursement Programs

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Ogechi Igbokwe understands how student loan debt can wreak havoc on our lives. How it robs us of our peace of mind and the ability to pursue our goals like buy a house, travel, get married or start a family.

Ogechi is a certified financial educator and founder of One Savvy Dollar.

One Savvy Dollar is a personal finance website that helps people find companies that offer tuition reimbursements and empowers them to save more, pay down debt, increase their net worth and build wealth. As a money expert, she helps people make money moves today that their future self will thank them for. She’s been featured on sites like Nerdwallet, Clever Girl Finance and more, and I’m so excited to chat with her about her debt repayment journey!

In this episode, Ogechi shares her debt repayment story and how she’s helping recent grads get a leg up in life by taking advantage of tuition reimbursement programs through their employers.

Tuition reimbursement programs are important because they help you reduce your student loans and you get paid to work and earn your degree at the same time!

“To be savvy is to be knowledgeable and smart about your life.” – Ogechi

In this episode we talk about:

  • What motivated Ogechi to pay off her student loan debt
  • How she paid off $26,000 of student loan debt in 3 years
  • What are employer-sponsored tuition reimbursement programs?
  • How to figure out if your company offers tuition reimbursement
  • Other options to consider if your employer doesn’t offer a tuition reimbursement program
  • Industries offering employees tuition reimbursement benefits 
    • Healthcare
    • Technology
    • Education
    • Financial
    • Oil & Gas
    • Airlines
    • Manufacturing and more

Connect with Ogechi

Website: https://onesavvydollar.com

Facebook Group: https://www.facebook.com/groups/1495558457163470/

Instagram: @onesavvydollar

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The Thought Card - Check your paychecks

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In today’s mini episode, we talk about the important lessons that I learned from not checking my pay stubs. Yet, I bet that I’m not alone in this. Many people don’t check their paychecks often enough. But what happens when something goes wrong and there’s an error that may actually affect your pay? I share my mistake story and why I now take a few minutes to make sure everything is accurate on my paychecks.

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Listen to Teaching English in China and Living Abroad with Richelle Gamlam. In this episode, Richelle shares tips for teaching English in China and lots more about living abroad in Asia.

 


 

Meet the Host – Danielle Desir

My name is Danielle Desir, and I believe that when we make informed financial decisions, we can go very far. As a financially savvy traveler, I also believe that anyone can afford to travel, and this podcast shares the tools and resources, secrets and stories of how travelers from around the world are making smart money decisions to afford to travel more, pay off debt and amass wealth.

Read more about me here.

Timeshare Presentations and Owning a Home at 26 with Tiffany Grant

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Tiffany Grant is a self proclaimed money nerd and after years of giving impromptu advice to family and friends she started a blog Money Talk with T where she covers a wide variety of money topics from saving for retirement to paying off student loans.

On Money Talk With T – Tiffany offers practical tips and tricks to use in everyday life and she shows how to live below your means so you can retire comfortably.

By saving, keeping a close eye on her credit and living below her means, she bought a house at the age of 26 while being a single mom of 2 kids. She has aspirations of being debt free (beside her house) by the age of 30.

 

In this episode we cover:

  • The important things that people need to know about timeshares
  • The sales tactics and demographics timeshares target
  • Why we would go to another timeshare presentation (we love the perks)
  • Buying a house in your twenties
  • Tiffany’s favorite personal finance podcasts

 

Resources Mentioned:

 

Tiffany’s Articles: 

 

Danielle’s Articles

Why I Asked For A Refund 2 Days After Buying A Timeshare

First-Time Home Buyer Tips for Buying a House in Your Twenties

 

Personal Finance Podcasts: 

Ramsey Solutions Podcast: Listen to debt free screams and personal finance questions from live callers.

The Clark Howard Show: Find deals, frugal living and other money saving tips.

Stacking Benjamins: This show infuses humor into financial topics and is a good fit for those who know a moderate amount about personal finance.

Motley Fool Money: More advanced financial topics, specifically investing.

 

Connect with Tiffany:

Blog: https://www.moneytalkwitht.com/

Facebook: @moneytalkwitht

Instagram: @moneytalkwitht

Twitter: @moneytalkwitht

YouTube: Money Talk with Tiff

 

See you next time for Episode 5 where we analyze 2017 airfare trends.

Do you have a travel fund? Listen to Episode 2: Why You Need a Travel Fund and learn why having a travel fund is an important part of making travel a financial priority.

 

Have you considered buying a timeshare? Why or Why not?

 


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