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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 Ways To Get Paid To Study In College

8 Ways 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 8 ways to get paid to study. According to a Huffington Post article, “Nearly 4 out of 5 college students are...

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...

How To Track Your Income And Expenses

How To Track Your Income And Expenses

If you haven't taken the time to track your income and expenses it can be hard to find the time to do it.  As involved as I am in finance, at times I forget about my own. Maybe you thought I spend hours a day tracking my finances and...

Money Management

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...

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:...

Debt Free

Student Loans Weighing you Down?

Student Loans Weighing you Down?

Carrying a mountain of student loans after college can start to feel like a heavy weight that starts to weigh you down. How can you pay them off?

Look Both Ways – 10 Controversial Finance Topics

Look Both Ways – 10 Controversial Finance Topics

When it comes to personal finance, there's no single "right" way to do things. Since beginning my $$$ journey years ago, I've been surprised by the amount of differing opinions. More controversial finance topics exist than you would think....

Lower Expenses

Super Bowl 2019 Consumer Fun Facts

Super Bowl 2019 Consumer Fun Facts

Well, that was a boring game. Tom Brady does deserve some respect though. No one has done what he has done and I love watching professional athletes perform at a high level and what he's been able to do is incredible.  With a viewership of the Super...

Year in Review + Top Posts From 2018

Year in Review + Top Posts From 2018

Here’s a review of 2018, goals for 2019 and the top blog posts as far as views and engagement from 2018. Here’s to an awesome 2019!

High Savings Rate

Is Black Friday For or Against You?

Is Black Friday For or Against You?

Is Black Friday set up for you to really save money or is it a way for businesses to sell more merchandise and get you to spend more than you planned?

Minimalist Lifestyle

The Value of DIY: Money Saving Ideas

The Value of DIY: Money Saving Ideas

When I began working in construction at a young age, I became familiar with power tools and learned to build things. One summer in high school, I even worked in a woodshop and built high-end wood cabinets. Woodworking became something I loved to do. Since then,...

Be Positive

Be Positive

You can take almost any situation and look at it in two ways. Be positive or you see all difficulties as more evidence that life is hard and unfair.

Multiple Income Streams

Top 3 Personal Finance Apps To Download In 2020

Top 3 Personal Finance Apps To Download In 2020

One for tracking, one for investing, and one for saving money. After publishing, "79 Apps That Will Make You Better With Money (Some Will Even Pay You)," I received a lot of good feedback! A reader reached out to me and asked what my top 3 personal cash...

Investing

Financial Independence

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...

How to Uncover & Change Your Limiting Money Beliefs

How to Uncover & Change Your Limiting Money Beliefs

Money. Some call it the root of all evil, while for others it’s their main pursuit in life. Like it or not, everyone has a relationship with money. We all use it. We all need it. And our experiences with money shape our beliefs and influence our decisions.  I set...

5 Simple Steps to Achieve Financial Independence

5 Simple Steps to Achieve Financial Independence

Financial Independence can seem like a far distant dream that will never be reached — so how do you get there? Follow these 5 steps to become financially independent. Financial independence can be defined in two ways. 1) the moment when your income from your...

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