5 Reasons It’s Better to Rent than Buy 4

Hello Sophisticated Spenders! The American dream of owning a home with a white picket fence is slowly changing. Many people are realizing the benefits and advantages of renting a home rather than owning one. As a landlord, I happily rent out a duplex in Chicago and a townhouse in the […]


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Blog And Income Stats May 2017

Hello Sophisticated Spenders! Time for my favorite part of the month, looking back and looking forward! May was an amazing month…so why didn’t I keep up the momentum for June??? I promised to not miss anymore posts but missed about a month of posts so far because..well, you’ll see below! Let’s […]


How Your Spending Compares To Others

Hello Sophisticated Spenders! This post originally ran right after I downsized from a 1500 square foot condo to 500 square feet (in June of 24014). It’s a pretty broad look at where my money goes and I’ve kept it pretty much the same except for my new sewing business.  Maybe […]

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2017 Life Goals Update #1 2

Hello Sophisticated Spenders! It’s time to look back at those life goals that I made back in January. Here’s how this works.  I have the original post below with my updates in parenthesis. It’s VERY important to look forward and look back.  It’s also VERY important to make changes to […]


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Blog And Income Stats April 2017 4

Hello Sophisticated Spenders! Time for my favorite part of the month, looking back and looking forward! I promised to not miss anymore posts.  So you WILL have new posts on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Let’s get to the numbers! Readership: 447 (+ 36) Blog Income: $65 (-65) Fitness Income (Zumba and […]


How Are You Getting Into The Millionaire Club? (2017 Update)

Hello Sophisticated Spenders! Check out my update on this post from April 2016.  My updates will be in italics. So this weekend, I was introduced as follows: Person A: I’d like for you to meet the Sophisticated Spender and she’s gonna be the next millionaire! Person B: Oh really! What’s […]

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What To Do With $1,000 Now (2017 Update) 1

Hello Sophisticated Spenders! In November of 2011 I wrote post that went a little something like this: This months money magazine had an article titled What To Do With $1,000 Now.  (Assuming you don’t have any credit card debt!) Here are some of the things they suggested.  Please tell me in […]


Get Outta Your Sunken Place 1

Hello Sophisticated Spenders! Themes of rebirth and renewal often use symbols from the spring season. Spring also refers to love, hope, youth and growth. -Google I love Spring! To me, Spring is all about hitting the refresh button. It’s a chance to get out of your Sunken Place. (Side note, the […]

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Blog and Income Stats: March 2017 2

Hello Sophisticated Spenders! I’ve missed waaay too many posts (I said the same thing last month)! Let’s get to the numbers! Readership: 411 (+ 15) Blog Income: $130 (+65) Fitness Income (Zumba and Insanity Instructor): $306.20 (I am STILL owed some monies, we’ll see if I get paid this month) […]