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J Simpson

J. Simpson is a prolific freelance writer, blogger, and musician, based out of Portland, Or. He is fascinated with every aspect of modern living, and how to make the best of it, frequently writing about business, technology, and spirituality, as well as every aspect of culture - music, art, literature, cinema, TV, and comics. For more from J., follow him on Twitter at @for3stpunk.
New Research On The Best Way To Pay Off Credit Card Debt
New Research On The Best Way To Pay Off Credit Card Debt

New Research On The Best Way To Pay Off Credit Card Debt

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Paying off credit card debt is hard at the best of times, let alone while paying rent in an unsteady economy. Researchers from the Harvard Business Review have been conducting studies to find the quickest, most effective way to pay off credit card debt and the answers may surprise you. Here’s what they have found…
7 Things You Need To Know About Rent-To-Own Condos
7 Things You Need To Know About Rent-To-Own Condos

7 Things You Need To Know About Rent-To-Own Condos

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This post was originally published on our sister site, MyFirstCondo.com. Home sales are still below the peak reached before the housing bubble burst in 2008, and many Millennials are still reluctant to buy their first home, choosing instead to rent or live with family and save for the future. This challenging real estate market has…
5 Apps To Help You Furnish For Cheap With Online Yard Sales
5 Apps To Help You Furnish For Cheap With Online Yard Sales

5 Apps To Help You Furnish For Cheap With Online Yard Sales

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Do you remember waking up early on Saturday mornings, to go loot through other people’s knick-knacks with your Aunt Suze or your Granny K? If so, you might remember garage sales and yard sales as unsorted, slightly-dirty collections of used tube socks; squirrel candles with their heads burned off; cross-stitch samplers from deceased elderly relatives;…
How To Make A Good Impression On Potential New Roommates
How To Make A Good Impression On Potential New Roommates

How To Make A Good Impression On Potential New Roommates

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Getting a call back from a Craigslist ad can seem like a major victory, especially when potential roomies are swarming like ants on a pool of honey. Getting a call back, however, is just the first hurdle to overcome. You’ve got to make a good impression on your potential new roommates. Much like trying to…
5 Tips To Make Apartment Hunting On Craigslist More Efficient
5 Tips To Make Apartment Hunting On Craigslist More Efficient

5 Tips To Make Apartment Hunting On Craigslist More Efficient

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Craigslist is truly an inexhaustible wishing well of awesome apartments, condos, and rooms for rent. The only trouble is, you’d have to be glued to your phone or monitor 24/7, forsaking food, work, and even sleep to be there when your dream apartment hits – and sometimes a few minutes can make all the difference…
When Is The Best Time For Apartment Hunting?
When Is The Best Time For Apartment Hunting?

When Is The Best Time For Apartment Hunting?

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The accepted wisdom is that the summer is the best time for apartment hunting, but each season, time of month and even time of day have their plusses and minuses. With many college graduates decamping for new adventures, May through September months have the most vacancies, but also the most competition. Meanwhile, winter has fewer…
3 Ways To Use Instagram In Your Next Apartment Search
3 Ways To Use Instagram In Your Next Apartment Search

3 Ways To Use Instagram In Your Next Apartment Search

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Everybody knows that social media and online communities are an essential part of every modern apartment hunter’s gig bag. Unfortunately, that’s also part of the problem. How many times have you seen your dream apartment or room share pop up on Craigslist, Facebook or Twitter, right in your price range and in the perfect part…
5 Recommended Money Management Apps
5 Recommended Money Management Apps

5 Recommended Money Management Apps

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Having all of your money available digitally can be great. It lets you pay your bills, at any time, no matter where you; buy things online that you can’t find anywhere; shop for the best deals; even the ability to pay with your phone. Unfortunately, all of the things that make digital currency so great…
Tattered Elegance: An Introduction To Shabby Chic
Tattered Elegance: An Introduction To Shabby Chic

Tattered Elegance: An Introduction To Shabby Chic

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If you are a budget-challenged first apartment renter, there is a design trend called Shabby Chic that is perfect for you. It’s typified by rustic designs, upcycled accessories, elegantly faded trimmings -such as drapery and linens – and eclecticism, in a way that is both functional and beautiful. Shabby Chic is a wonderful choice for…