Money basics, the obvious issue, improving credit, budget hating and more.

1. Four Money Basics My Mother Couldn’t Teach Me — Because She Didn’t Know Them Herself

The Simple Dollar — Ilona’s mother immigrated to the U.S. from the former Soviet Union. Back then, she didn’t have Google or personal finance websites that could provide answers to her money problems. She figured them out the hard way.

But after speaking with her mom recently, she realized: “So many of the things she struggled with were the same ones I still experience confusion over myself.” The four issues include how to pay for college and credit cards. This post highlights the importance of personal finance education.

2. The Obvious Issue With Your Money Problems (And How To Fix It)

Family Money Plan — Andrew starts the post out with a story about a small child fetching water. He then replaces the child with an adult fetching money everyday. There is a moral to the story and it fits with his “obvious issue.”

I won’t discuss the issue. I’ll let you discover it for yourself. He ends the post with some advice. Check it out, it’s entertaining and thought provoking. Then read this post about how money problems stress out millennials.

3. Track and Improve Your Credit

Moolanomy — We’ve heard it from other personal finance bloggers and from the writers at — tracking your spending and your credit will improve your finances. If you’ve never tracked your credit before, check out this advice.

The first thing you must do is get a copy of your credit report. The report tells you if you’ve been late on payments, “the number of inquiries you’ve had on your credit” and much more. Review the two other things you must do and start tracking your credit.

4. 3 Reasons Why Your Spouse Hates the Budget (And How to Fix That!)

Couple Money — Sometimes couples aren’t on the same page with their finances. One spouse may have a goal that the other doesn’t share or even care about. That usually screws up the family’s budget, because the rogue spouse spends too much. But you can change that with Elle’s help.

She provides three reasons why your spouse may not like the budget and steps to win them over. One reason is the couple never communicated about the budget and one feels left out. Read about her other reasons.

5. Ten Ways to Find Time for Your Side Hustle

ESI Money — ESI starts off making a great point. He says, most people complain about not having time for a side hustle, but what they really mean is “I don’t want to make the time.” Is that true, people?

So, he comes up with some great time-saving tips. I love the fourth one: “Cut back on social media.” He found a stat in Social Media Today stating “the average person will spend nearly two hours (approximately 116 minutes) on social media every day.” Check out his other tips.

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