They Picked The Wrong House: Our Recent Experience With A Salesman

The details of the phone call seemed a bit strange, but we were enticed by the promise of a gift card for the grocery store.  It didn’t take long to realize that we had been duped into subjecting ourselves to a sales presentation.  The “snake oil” was a water softening and purifying system, for which we were offered a “great deal” on a ten-year lease.  We’ve been purposely avoiding sales pitches for the past few years due to our mission to fix our finances, so  this experience was actually somewhat, um, interesting.

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The Better Way To Track Finances In 2017

I am so proud of the way that we are destroying our debt.  It is both rewarding and motivating to see how far we’ve come in just a few short years.  Tracking financial progress can provide an immense boost of resolve to continue, and even step up, our diligence.  That is why we’re trying something new in 2017, to keep better track of our finances.

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How Are We Going To Pay For College . . . With Five Kids?

Reactions to our news about expecting twins, when we already have three young kids, have been pretty interesting.  There is usually a bit of shock, followed by one or more of the following questions: (1) are you going to move, (2) are you going to buy a new vehicle, and (3) how are you going to pay for college with such a large family?  The twins were a surprise, but whether we ended up with four or five children, it would still cost hundreds of thousands of dollars to take on the entire cost of a college education.  We have a plan, consistent with our new financial priorities and definition of success, for how our children will be able to attend college.  And, it doesn’t involve any type of regular contribution to investment accounts.

 

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Milestones & Aspirations: Our Goals For 2017



January is all about making goals and getting motivated for an awesome new year.  It represents a chance to start fresh and focus on moving forward, instead of worrying about setbacks from the previous twelve months.  We all have tons of things that we would like to accomplish, but some things belong on a fill-the-bucket list, for some indefinite point in the future.  My plan for 2017 is to set a few specific goals, one for each quarter.  Then, we have a bunch of more-general, aspirational ideas for how to stay true to our top priorities throughout the year.

 

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New Year’s Reflections: Getting Back To The Why

This past week has brought me back to the beginning of our financial semi-independence journey.  Whereas short-term goals may help keep you focused, I find that the vision of achieving your long-term goals can light a fire.  The full picture may be somewhat unclear from this distance.  However, the confidence that something extraordinary is waiting for you in the future can provide all the motivation and drive you need to get through trying times.

 

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Financial Review Of 2016: Our Starting Point For A Better Year



Happy New Year everyone!  I hope that all of you made some great memories during the holidays.  2016 was a rough one for a lot people.  The hateful goodbye messages on social media were proof enough of that fact.  We faced many challenges of our own, but survived and came out ahead.  Now that there has been some time for relaxing and the countdown is over, we’re reflecting on our progress and how best to channel the lessons from another year into making the most out of the next one.

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The Price Of Christmas Memories

As we count down the last few days until Christmas, the world around us seems a flurry of holiday activity.  Everyone is finalizing preparations and checking things off their family to-do lists. We’re looking forward to a break from school and work that will start on Friday, but the hustle and bustle of Christmas has been going on for weeks now.  Holiday spending isn’t limited to presents under the tree, but festive activities as well.  Parents are filling every possible moment with holiday cheer for their children.  Instead of feeling guilty for not buying fifty dollar, First Class tickets for the Polar Express, I’ve been thinking about what Christmas memories will actually stay with my kids for years to come.

 

 

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Tips For Keeping Your Financial New Year’s Resolutions

This time of the year tends to make us reflective.  We look back and assess what we’ve done well and what we’d like to change as we move forward. The clean break of the New Year gives us a great opportunity to make new goals for our personal lives, careers, and our finances.  Out with the old and in with the new.  We always have the best intentions for our New Year’s resolutions, but very few people have kept their resolutions by the time summer rolls around.  If you’re one of the many who plan to include financial goals in their aspirations for the New Year, how do you stick to this type of resolution? 

 

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Is It Financially Irresponsible To Have Another Child – If You’re In Debt?

Personal finance is all about the spending and saving idiosyncrasies that make each of us unique. A lot of people don’t seem to give much thought to their money, earning and then spending their paychecks, over and over again. I think that anyone who has taken the time to really evaluate their priorities and come up with the best way to use their assets to facilitate their dreams, is on the right path. We’re all going to have different plans and goals, but being smart about money goes beyond being frugal or spendy. There is a deeper understanding of the power of conscious spending and saving among most of us in the personal finance community. This knowledge is what gives us the chance to live unique and extraordinary lives.

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It Is Only Money: A Review & Giveaway

This journey to financial semi-independence started with a gradual adjustment of priorities.  I suffered a sort of early, mid-life crisis.  Over a period of at least one year, I did a lot of soul-searching, reading all sorts of things online and spending time reflecting, in my search for a more-meaningful life.  While there are several mental shifts to thank for my new goals and outlook, the new perspective on money was a key factor in changing our trajectory.  I often think about how best to educate others to see their true financial options and try to use this blog to provide as much helpful information as possible.  So, I was super excited to receive a copy of “It Is Only Money” by Cara MacMillan that I can share with one of my lucky readers.

 

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