January 2014

Highs & Lows for the Week. PLUS: My Baby!

January 31, 2014

Happy Friday money lovers! We haven’t done a 5 For Friday up in here in a while, nor one of our Hits and Misses series, so today’s post is kind of a concoction of both. Inspired by a similar exact post done by the beautiful Cait over at Blonde On a Budget – one of the most sweet, and genuine, bloggers I know. She’s always […]

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Is There a Black Hole in YOUR Budget?

January 30, 2014
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[Guest article today by my blogger friend, John Schmoll from FrugalRules.com] What do you think of when you hear the term black hole? According to NASA, some of the hallmark characteristics of black holes are invisibility and varying size. They literally can’t be seen, and can be sized anywhere from a puddle to a sea. What does this have to do with budgeting? A lot […]

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TIP: Treat Savings as a Bill

January 29, 2014
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You might have heard of this one before, but it’s one of my favorites because it’s such an easy way to think and plan ahead. Especially since people usually pay attention to this AFTER they’ve done all their bill paying – as if it’s the least important?? Some may call this “paying you first,” but I never fully understood what that meant. So I just […]

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Breaking News: Budgeters Have $150k More in Net Worth

January 28, 2014
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And by “breaking news,” I mean “from a new infographic that’s being passed around right now” ;) By a software company called HelloWallet that offers “high-quality, individualized guidance to all Americans.” And, apparently sexy research too. Because, unlike you fine readers, people tend to not believe me when I say budgets are sexy… It’s like, come on! What’s a guy gotta do around here to […]

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Cash as Gifts: Awesome or Tacky?

January 27, 2014
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My wife and I had a heated healthy debate the other day on what to give a 5 y/o for his birthday. She wanted to go searching for the perfect gift that would show how much time and thought went into it for him, and I told her the best thing you could EVER give a kid is money. Outside of your love, spending quality […]

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Yesteryear in Pictures [And Stats]

January 24, 2014
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Last year I wrote 350 articles here. A handful of them were awesome, half of them were decent, and the rest were just “meh.” Today’s post highlights some of those in that first category for all those who might have missed out on ’em… Or shall I say, “forgotten” ’em since I know you wouldn’t dare skip a day reading this most magnificent blog, would […]

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Side Hustle Series: I Get Paid to Speak

January 23, 2014
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[Please welcome our guest hustler today, Jeff Greene, as part of our Side Hustle Series] I was kind of a ham growing up, I have to admit. In fourth grade, I launched my own “weather forecast” by watching The Weather Channel and then using a marker board to draw upcoming storm systems for my classmates. In sixth grade, I won the part of “emcee” at […]

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$47,150.29 – The Total Spent on Our House Last Year

January 22, 2014
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I write today’s post with both disgust, and relief. Disgust because we shelled out over forty-seven THOUSAND freakin’ dollars on our house last year (!!!), but a sweet relief that we’re finally out of that dang place and onto greener pastures… as well as getting all those renos out of the way too. But it still stings looking at the numbers no matter how you […]

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“Help my husband quit his gym membership!!”

January 21, 2014
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[That would be my fellow reader’s husband, not my own. No one’s supposed to know about him, shh!] Here’s the email I just got asking for some advice… sounds like every other guy I know ;) My money situation with my husband is kind of tight. Right now, we have two car payments and a mortgage, have to repay my student loans soon. We […]

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My One-a-Day Habits (And Why They’re Important)

January 20, 2014
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There’s a lot of stuff I’m horrible at with life and money, but thankfully there are pockets of awesomeness here and there which help keep me at arm’s length from trouble. But only an arm’s length, mind you ;) One of these things are habits. Stuff I do every single day to help me get closer to my goals. I’m not the greatest at tackling […]

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21 Facts About our Nation’s Currency

January 17, 2014
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As many of you know, I’m obsessed with money. I collect it, I talk about it, I use it in art, and of course I make as much of it as I possibly can ;) So any time I come across a few interesting facts about our money, it takes complete willpower to keep it all to myself and NOT share it with you guys […]

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Side Hustle Series: I Sell Women’s Hankies

January 16, 2014
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[Please welcome my new friend, and hustler, Steve Chou to the show today! We’ve bumped into each other many times over the years at our financial blogger conference, but this last one we made it a point to actually get to know each other a little bit. And I’m glad we did – he’s a pretty smart guy! And hopefully you enjoy his story and side […]

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In Which You Pay LESS For The *Same* Service?

January 15, 2014
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There’s not too many things that surprise me anymore with money, but apparently I still haven’t came across them all yet. My wife walked into my office this week and proudly exclaimed, “Our daycare rate went down! For doing nothing!” “Ummm… how is that possible??” I confusingly shot back. “Baby Money moved up to a new class size w/ fewer teacher-to-child ratio. We’re gonna save […]

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Who Makes The Money? Who Manages the Money? Who Spends The Money?

January 14, 2014
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There’s a new blog I’ve started following, and each article on the site is half written by the wife of the team (Angela), and the other by the husband (Kirby). It’s pretty weird at first reading two people going back and forth on the same post, but once you get used to that it’s kinda interesting :) The blog’s called, The Simple Money Blog – check […]

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