My wife has brought it to my attention that while I often say “make a budget”, and I still think that’s good advice, many people may not know just how to go about doing that, especially for the first time. I've boiled down the process that my wife and I went through when we sat … Continue reading How To Make A Budget: A 10-Step Complete Guide To Your First Budget
If you’re in the Northeast like I am, you’re ready for spring. Even though we’re expecting 4-8 inches of snow in the next few days, spring is here. While the weather hasn’t turned yet, the calendar and the clocks have, and it’s time for some Spring cleaning. “Cleaning” in the financial sense is more so … Continue reading A financial Spring cleaning checklist
It can be disheartening and discouraging for a few reasons the first time you sit down to budget. First of all, in our case, we looked at the money and just said… where the hell has all of this money gone? How is it that we’ve made all this money for this period of time … Continue reading The emotions of budgeting
Volatility is back! And that is a very good thing for the stock market. As a 26 year old, I have seen very little market volatility in my investing lifetime. You wouldn't know that if you happen to get a day off work and sit around and watch CNBC all day. The talking heads to … Continue reading 3 Reasons to celebrate when the market goes down
Dave Ramsey frequently refers to credit cards as the “financial cigarette”. I couldn’t agree more, and I don’t think even he realizes how poignant that comparison is. The more I look into this analogy, the more parallels I find between the two. As a former smoker (for 6 years) and a current (responsible and very … Continue reading Credit cards (financial cigarettes) cause Debt (financial cancer)
I recently had a conversation with a friend that not only upset me, but really got me thinking about the general attitude surrounding money today. A close friend of mine, who is a physical therapist, told me about a conversation he’d overheard at work. He overheard a co-worker telling her story of going to see … Continue reading Why being broke isn’t the same as being poor
I find myself asking that question every time I sit down to write a post. I asked myself that a thousand times before I ever sat down to write a post. It kept me from starting this blog for about 6 months before I finally realized I was asking the wrong question. I’m not anyone … Continue reading Who am I to Give Money Advice?
Warning: Money Nerd Stuff Ahead! As you'll see below in our projected budget spreadsheet for the month of March, it's going to be a big month. It will likely be our biggest month of 2018 and it's coming early. If you'd like a more detailed breakdown of our approach to budgeting please check out our … Continue reading March 2018 Investing Plan
While that may cause some of you to recoil, I’d like to explain why, in my opinion, that’s the most empowering phrase in the English language. How different could your life be if you approached every situation you found yourself in with that assumption? Now I certainly don’t mean to extend that line of thought … Continue reading You are not a victim, and everything is your fault.
My wife and I sit down monthly to discuss what our projected income will be, what our expenses look like for the month, and what we would like to do with the money that’s leftover… now that we actually have some. Budgeting has been the backbone of our financial life together. It’s a board meeting … Continue reading March 2018 Budget and Income Projections