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ChooseFI Book Review: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence

ChooseFI Book Review: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence

I remember the first time I learned the difference between an asset and a liability. Sitting on the couch in the living room as a young teenager, I wanted to share my new-found knowledge with my mother. I explained to her the difference between the two knowing that...

Don’t Like Using Cash to Manage Your Money? Try This…

Don’t Like Using Cash to Manage Your Money? Try This…

After people learn about the money jars system, I get a few who say, "I like the idea of dividing my money up into different jars but I hate using cash. I'm not a big fan of using cash either. To be honest, I don't. After the first two years of using cash, I...

Using the Money Jars System to Manage Your Money

Using the Money Jars System to Manage Your Money

Let's be honest, there are hundreds of ways to manage your money. But today, I'm going to tell you why the money jars system that I use to manage my money is the most effective. I tried the cash envelope system (which became messy), I tried saving everything in one...

Today Is Our 5 Year Proposal Anniversary

Today Is Our 5 Year Proposal Anniversary

My wife Kenzie and I got engaged 5 years ago today! What's even crazier is we dated for nearly 5 years before we got married. Now, here we are with an 18-month child, a mortgage, and a lot more responsibility. We started dating in high school. I was going into my...

How to Set Financial Goals and Actually Reach Them

How to Set Financial Goals and Actually Reach Them

Imagine taking a trip. You don’t simply get in the car and start driving. You need a destination and Google maps to guide you. Otherwise, how do you know when you've arrived? Having clear set financial goals will guide you to your financial...

Here’s What Happened at FinCon 2019

Here’s What Happened at FinCon 2019

FinCon 2019 is where money and media meet. This was the second year I attended the conference. They've been bringing together personal finance content creators for the past decade — bloggers, podcasters, YouTubers, financial planners and financial coaches all...

How To Read A Credit Report

How To Read A Credit Report

Once you know how to read a credit report, you'll have a better sense of what to look for. The credit report.  Most people know it exists, but few know how to find it — for free.  You have a different credit report at each of the 3 national credit bureaus:...

Why I Stopped Trying to Pursue Financial Freedom

Why I Stopped Trying to Pursue Financial Freedom

Growing up, we didn't have much. One of my biggest desires was to one day be financially free.  I read books as a teenager that mentioned how to become a millionaire and live the life of your dreams.  I believed if I became financially free...

8 Way To Get Paid To Study In College

8 Way To Get Paid To Study In College

Hundreds of thousands of students across the country will be starting college within the next week. If you're part of that group, here are a few ways to make get paid to study. According to a Huffington Post article, “Nearly 4 out of 5 college students are...

Money Management

Don’t Like Using Cash to Manage Your Money? Try This…

Don’t Like Using Cash to Manage Your Money? Try This…

After people learn about the money jars system, I get a few who say, "I like the idea of dividing my money up into different jars but I hate using cash. I'm not a big fan of using cash either. To be honest, I don't. After the first two years of using cash, I...

Using the Money Jars System to Manage Your Money

Using the Money Jars System to Manage Your Money

Let's be honest, there are hundreds of ways to manage your money. But today, I'm going to tell you why the money jars system that I use to manage my money is the most effective. I tried the cash envelope system (which became messy), I tried saving everything in one...

How to Set Financial Goals and Actually Reach Them

How to Set Financial Goals and Actually Reach Them

Imagine taking a trip. You don’t simply get in the car and start driving. You need a destination and Google maps to guide you. Otherwise, how do you know when you've arrived? Having clear set financial goals will guide you to your financial...

Debt Free

3 Debt Payoff Strategies to Destroy Your Debt

3 Debt Payoff Strategies to Destroy Your Debt

We all know what debt is. We've heard it's mostly bad but can be good for certain purposes. But, when does debt start to completely ruin your financial wellness and how do you get rid of it? Aside from just paying it off, there...

Personal Finance Statistics: How Do You Compare?

Personal Finance Statistics: How Do You Compare?

I don't know about you, but I always enjoy seeing personal finance statistics. They provide no actionable takeaways whatsoever but it's fun to see how you stack up with your peers.  The average 401(k) amounts by age per Nerd Wallet/NBCNews.com: Ages 20-29:...

How to Increase Your Credit Score

How to Increase Your Credit Score

As you begin improving your credit score, keep in mind it’s a marathon and not a sprint, it takes patience and hard work. A poor credit score could cost you tens of thousands of dollars over a lifetime. It can also become a source of serious...

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Why I Stopped Trying to Pursue Financial Freedom

Why I Stopped Trying to Pursue Financial Freedom

Growing up, we didn't have much. One of my biggest desires was to one day be financially free.  I read books as a teenager that mentioned how to become a millionaire and live the life of your dreams.  I believed if I became financially free...

Should You Use a First-time Homebuyers Program?

Should You Use a First-time Homebuyers Program?

In last weeks post, I mentioned that we bought a house. So today, I want to focus on first-time homebuyers programs. Buying a house comes with an overwhelming amount of decisions that need to be made. Things like, “is now a good time to buy,?” “Which lender should we...

The Economic Impact of a Mother

The Economic Impact of a Mother

Mothers are the backbone of the U.S. economy.My son will be 15 months old in four days and he's becoming a handful. Getting into things, climbing onto things, eating dirt, throwing food, throwing fits, and deciding randomly when he would prefer to be...

High Savings Rate

We Bought a House!

We Bought a House!

We officially bought a house and became homeowners! It has been a goal of ours for a few years to buy a house. We were pretty dead set on purchasing a house two years ago but didn’t. We met with a few lenders to get prequalified so we could start shopping around. But...

4 Ways to Save Money This Summer

4 Ways to Save Money This Summer

Summer is the time of year when most people spend more. With the warm weather and kids being out of school, we have more time to do stuff and vacation becomes a top priority. Save money this summer by doing these four things. 1) Save money on...

Minimalist Lifestyle

Today Is Our 5 Year Proposal Anniversary

Today Is Our 5 Year Proposal Anniversary

My wife Kenzie and I got engaged 5 years ago today! What's even crazier is we dated for nearly 5 years before we got married. Now, here we are with an 18-month child, a mortgage, and a lot more responsibility. We started dating in high school. I was going into my...

Financially Free By Wanting Less

Financially Free By Wanting Less

Let me start by telling you a story about wanting less. Have you ever had to fix a broken faucet? We recently bought a house that had a leak in the guest bathroom. I shut off the water to the house for a few minutes and took apart the bathtub faucet. An internal part...

Focus on Things People Can’t Take Away From You

Focus on Things People Can’t Take Away From You

I'm going to be honest with you. I sat down twice this week, looked at my computer screen and felt like I had nothing to say to you. Often life can feel so busy and it's hard to balance everything.  But then the thought creeps in, should I even write something...

Multiple Income Streams

8 Way To Get Paid To Study In College

8 Way To Get Paid To Study In College

Hundreds of thousands of students across the country will be starting college within the next week. If you're part of that group, here are a few ways to make get paid to study. According to a Huffington Post article, “Nearly 4 out of 5 college students are...

How I Consistently Make $300 Per Month on Facebook

How I Consistently Make $300 Per Month on Facebook

I'm going to share with you how I consistently make $300 per month on Facebook. But first, do you know how much time you spend per day on Facebook? The average daily user spends 27–41 minutes per day! It’s a love-hate relationship for me. Some months I’m on social...

A Practical Guide to Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

A Practical Guide to Blockchain and Cryptocurrency

I've wanted to share this post about blockchain and cryptocurrency for some time.  I know, you may be thinking, "why is he talking about blockchain and cryptocurrency?" To be honest, I'm a practical believer in the technology, but not a...

Investing

Can You Outperform the Market?

Can You Outperform the Market?

One company seems to think so… 98% of active managers can’t outperform the market. Perhaps you’ve heard this. I’ve always told clients not to try and outperform the market because they will almost always end up failing. But my thinking was challenged. A few colleagues...

Investing Mistakes I Made with a Roth IRA

Investing Mistakes I Made with a Roth IRA

I've made plenty of investing mistakes. Were you told investing was important when you were younger but didn't have the slightest clue how to do it? I know I did. When I was a teenager, I wanted to get started but had no idea how. This led to many investing...

5 Tips for Investing in IPOs

5 Tips for Investing in IPOs

Last week was a busy week as far as new companies going public.  What is an Initial Public Offering (IPO)? When a privately held company starts selling stock to outside investors, making it a public company. As small companies start...

Financial Independence

ChooseFI Book Review: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence

ChooseFI Book Review: Your Blueprint to Financial Independence

I remember the first time I learned the difference between an asset and a liability. Sitting on the couch in the living room as a young teenager, I wanted to share my new-found knowledge with my mother. I explained to her the difference between the two knowing that...

Here’s What Happened at FinCon 2019

Here’s What Happened at FinCon 2019

FinCon 2019 is where money and media meet. This was the second year I attended the conference. They've been bringing together personal finance content creators for the past decade — bloggers, podcasters, YouTubers, financial planners and financial coaches all...

How the FaceApp Could Help You Save For Retirement

How the FaceApp Could Help You Save For Retirement

If you took a picture of your face with the FaceApp, the Russians now basically own you. Let’s just say you made a big mistake. But it’s over now and there’s nothing you can do about it. Now that that's out of the way... Let's discuss the positive impact the FaceApp...

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