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When you’re looking for a way to increase your income, starting a side hustle can be a great and practical option. If you’re focused on your career, you may have always viewed side hustles as a distraction and a waste of time. However, there are a few specific ways that you can use a side hustle to advance your career, making them very much worth the time and effort.

There are a lot of different reasons that people choose to pursue a side hustle, including things like:

  • Extra income to save or pay down debt
  • Necessary income to cover gaps…

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Once upon a time, I was a shopaholic. Aside from retail and online binge-shopping, I would grab a wad of cash and head to yard sales, estate sales, and antique shops. I had more knick-knacks than your great aunt Bertha. Over the years, I accumulated a lot of things, and weeding through my garage one summer will forever be known as the “Nightmare of 2019.”

When you spend a lot of hard-earned money, it’s hard to say goodbye. Getting rid of items that still had price tags felt the same as dumping buckets of cash into Niagara Falls.

And then…


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Mini fit right into our goofy home.

Just over 8 months ago, an 11-year-old girl with curly brown hair, almond eyes, and an electric smile entered our home for the first time.

Amy and I were filled with nervous excitement as “Mini” (her nickname) was our first placement. We had been holding out for a baby, but due to the long wait, we decided to go ahead and provide another child with a safe, loving home.

Mini is very attached to her mom and brothers and being in foster care was the last place she wanted to be. This was very understandable for us. I can’t imagine…


I’ve played video games since I got my first Atari 5200 back in 1985. It didn’t take long for my addiction to kick in. When the glorious Nintendo (NES) released, I was glued to my tube television hopping over deadly mushrooms and getting sucked inside green pipes. All I wanted in life was to play a new game.

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As a grown-up, that desire in me has not changed. What has changed is that now I’m the one paying for this passion. The one thing all gamers know is that it is not cheap to play. Currently, I have a 1TB…


We really do live in a world where you can buy anything, including little humans. That sounds a bit crazy when you think about it in those terms. With 135,000 children that are adopted each year in the United States, you are looking at approximately 5 million dollars spent by hopeful families. No matter what route you take, connecting children with loving, adoptive homes is a beautiful thing and it doesn’t have to deplete your savings account.

If you are considering adoption, your first question may be, “how much does it cost to adopt a child?” The quick answer is…


In early February I woke up to my familiar life of having morning coffee with my fiancee’ Amy and giving extra treats to my two chihuahuas. That same evening, a child we had never met before, entered our home and we became an instant family. The next morning, my life was not so familiar.

My story will ring true to other foster parents out there. It will also serve as a guide to those who want to learn more.

Going from a family of two to a family of three overnight wasn’t without its challenges. How do you balance your…

Tristan Luciotti

Tristan is a foster dad, filmmaker, video game creator, and digital marketing wizard. He is ready to share his financial — and life — survival tips.

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