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WOULD YOU BUY YOUR CHILD THEIR FIRST CAR?

first car

***Update 05/26/19*** It’s a question many parents ask themselves.  Should you purchase a first car for your child, versus having them save the money on their own. My son turned 16 about six months ago, and is currently shopping for his first car. Naturally, this has led to many conversations with other parents about their own experiences. What I’ve found, …

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What We Spent On Our Bermuda Vacation

bermuda vacation

This post contains affiliate links. Please see our full disclosure below. We just returned from our ‘end of winter/early spring’ vacation to visit our family in Bermuda, so I thought I’d put together a short post on the money aspect of our trip. This is a personal finance blog, after all. 🙂 In a few weeks, I’ll write a more …

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The Many Advantages Of Tent Trailer Camping

advantages of tent trailer camping

The 2019 camping season begins this morning (kind of), with the opening of the camping reservation website where we live. Thousands of campers will flood the site beginning at 7 AM. There’s always a mad rush to book the best sites on the most popular weekends. It reminded me of this popular post I wrote about a year ago, and …

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Kids and Money: The Value Of Planting Seeds

planting seeds

Depending on who you ask, my son and I shared some great bonding time this afternoon. And while I’m not sure he views the experience in quite the same light, it was an activity I’d been looking forward to for months. I can’t tell you the number of times over the past few weeks that I reminded him, “Hey, remember …

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January Goal Confessional: I Missed Every One.

January Goal Confessional

My apologies to the “it’s all about the hustle” crowd. There’s no point in trying to sugarcoat this. I set 3 personal goals for the month of January…and came up short on every one. If you didn’t catch my goal setting post in early January, allow me to bring you up to speed. Tired of the ‘same old’ no-spend Januaries …

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My Goals For January 2019 (and why I’m not doing a no-spend month)

goals for January 2019

If you’ve been a long time reader, you’re probably aware that for the past two years, I’ve kicked things off in January with a month long spending freeze. I affectionately refer to it as my no-spend January, which meant that for 31 days, I didn’t spend a cent on non-essential items. Not a dime on that daily coffee habit, or …

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35 KICK-A$$ WAYS TO IMPROVE YOUR FINANCES IN 2019

ways to improve your finances

This post may contain affiliate links, see full disclosure below. Updated, December 23, 2019. If you’re looking for ways to improve your finances, you’ve come to the right place!  In this post, I give you 35 ways you can begin to change your financial situation in 2019.  1. Understand your financial values. When it comes to money, many people feel stuck …

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The Hidden Cost Of Small Town Living

small town living

My wife and I are raising our three kids in a small town, about 40 minutes drive from my work in the city. We chose small town life many years ago for several reasons; family supports, proximity to schools & church, general peace and quiet, that kind of thing. The lower cost of living, town vs. city, was also a …

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The $1500 Rule For Car Buying

car buying

Is there a financial decision that people agonize over more than buying a vehicle? A house is undoubtedly a bigger purchase, but it isn’t one that comes along as often, at least not for most people. I often find myself in conversations with friends and colleagues who are trying to figure out how buy a car without it breaking their …

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Something We All Need

Something We All Need

Editors Note: This post touches on the very serious issue of abuse, which is a tragic and all-to-common reality. While it is a partial recounting of a story that was told to me this week, I can understand that it may make for difficult reading for some. Personally, hearing the story firsthand was nothing short of heartbreaking. Thankfully, it was …