Melanie Allen

Melanie launched Partners in Fire in 2017 to document her quest for financial independence with a mix of finance, fun, and solving the world's problems. She's self educated in personal finance and passionate about fighting systematic problems that prevent others from achieving their own financial goals. She also loves travel, anthropology, gaming and her cats.

Yuengling brewery tour

Yuengling Brewery Tour – Exploring America’s Oldest Brewery

Dark tunnels, old tricking springs, the smell of yeast in the air…and free samples? The Yuengling Brewery tour has it all! At the height of coal’s popularity, Pottsville, PA, was one of the richest cities in the county. Funded by the coal of the surrounding mountains, it was a lively place rich with culture. It …

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self advocacy

Self Advocacy is More Important than Ever. Here’s How to do it

People, especially women, don’t advocate for themselves enough. We’ve been taught to trust the experts, to be nice, to make others feel better about themselves, to not make waves. But we aren’t taught something even more important – to stand up for ourselves, to speak up when something isn’t right, to demand to be heard. …

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twitch hate raid

Combating Twitch Hate Raids: How Streamers and Viewers Can Protect Themselves

A new, horrifying trend has made its way onto the Twitch scene. It’s an insidious raid, full of bots (and unfortunately people) saying hateful things, following then unfollowing again, and doing whatever they can to disrupt not only the streamers but the viewer’s Twitch experience. These horrible events are known as Twitch hate raids, and …

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money conversations

13 Money Conversations You Need to Have with Your Partner

Money Conversations are hard. Just the thought of sitting down with a partner to discuss variations in spending habits can cause a sense of existential dread. What if it doesn’t go well? Can we still be together if we don’t have the same money goals? Are our differences insurmountable? The thing is – financial problems …

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bullet journal

Starting a Bullet Journal – Everything You Need to Know

Journals are amazing. I’ve written numerous posts talking about the benefits of journaling, not only for self-care and wellness but for inspiration and fun. Productivity and organization are also great, and I’ve written about being more productive, planning your day, and getting stuff done. But did you know that there’s a tool that seeks to …

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