Posts filed under: Life

I remember when my oldest daughter, now nine, was about five years old. She enjoyed dumping all the money out of her piggy bank just so she could count it.All. The. Time.Naturally, this led to many instances of missing money that finds its way under beds and buried under toys in her room. Oh, the heartbreak.As a father, it’s my job to teach my girls how to be responsible with their money while also giving them enough freedom to make mistakes and find their way.While I know they won’t be perfect, I want to know that I’ve given them all...
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On April 3rd I will be at the ripe age of 35 years old. Time. Flies. And that’s not all that is making me feel like time is flying. I started dating my wife just over 17 years ago—that’s just under half my life! My daughters are nine and six years old. My dad passed......
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Studies have shown that not very many people keep their New Year’s resolutions. A few years ago, U.S. News reported that two weeks into February, about 80% of those who set resolutions had given up on them already. Back in 1988, a study was published by John Norcross and Dominic Vangarelli where a group of......
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I just got back from a very restful vacation to Disney World with my family. It was great to see my wife and kids the whole day. My mom even came with us this time, which was enjoyable. But Disney World is a double-edged sword these days for me. Note: I promise there is a......
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I’ve been studying personal finance—and helping people budget—for the better part of 15 years. In that time, the number one reason that people seem to struggle with their finances is their motivation and mindset. Motivation is one of the biggest hurdles we encounter when we want to reach any goal. We’ve all been there. We......
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Budget burnout is a very real thing. You get the motivation to make some changes, make some progress for a few months, and then burn out from the effort you’re putting in. After a few months, you feel like spending money and don’t feel like doing anything to track or take care of your finances. What’s worse......
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A great manager is a great coach. And a great coach has methods that relate directly to personal finance. At the end of April 2017, my manager left the company where I am employed. At the time, I had worked under him for almost all of my career at my current company. Honestly, he’s probably......
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Every time one of my kids walks down the stairs I’m always sure to blurt out “Be careful!” I have two little girls at home, ages seven and four. I watch them wobble down the stairs with toys and blankets (and whatever else they can grab) in their hands so they can keep playing. At......
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Hey All! Today I’ve got a great guest post from Mrs. Picky Pincher! Mrs. Picky Pincher is the blogger and money-saving maven at Picky Pinchers. She writes about living the good life while paying off $225,000 of debt. Enjoy and comment! When I announced my engagement in October of 2014, family and friends were elated. And......
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Have you ever mowed a lawn before? Do you mow one now? How about when you were younger? With a wife and two little girls in the house, sometimes I go out and mow the lawn whether it needs it or not!  All joking aside, it’s nice to get out there on a beautiful day......
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