What’s Going On in the Blogosphere: Episode 13

The personal finance blogosphere - the world of blogs - is vast

Each week I’m going to try to put together a list of 3-5 great blog posts I’ve read from other personal finance bloggers. These posts are a collection of things I find interesting and thought-provoking, and if you like the content I’m posting I’d encourage you to check out some of the posts in this list. There are many more posts I recommend throughout the week on Twitter – if you aren’t following me yet, please head over there and give me a Follow or follow me on Facebook.   Financial Samurai: One Spouse, Two Cars, Three Houses, Four Jobs For A Wonderful Life Sam runs one of the largest personal finance blogs on the internet – Financial Samurai. In this post he […]

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Harness Your Purple Squirrel

Harness your purple squirrel

Earlier this week, I was meeting with a coworker to review some of the work I’ve been doing the past few months at my job. He was brought in a few weeks ago as a senior member of the project team, and will be working closely with me on a few things. At the end of our meeting, he said to me something that I didn’t quite understand. After wrapping everything up, he looked back at me and said: “You know what they call you? A purple squirrel.” I was perplexed. I had never heard the phrase purple squirrel before and I didn’t know what it meant. Off to Google/Wikipedia I went! Purple squirrel is a term used by employment recruiters to […]

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The 5-Step Blueprint to Pitching Life Changes to Your Better Half

The blueprints for life changes don't have to be complex

Money talks can be tough. Whether it’s talking about debt, planning out longer-term goals, or even simpler talks about budgeting, it can be an uncomfortable experience to talk about money. Things get even more strange when you start pursuing this weird thing called Financial Independence. From the outside it almost sounds a bit…cultish. After I was (re-) introduced to the concept of financial independence, I desperately wanted to share my thoughts and plans with Kristin. She was not as receptive as I’d hoped – initially – but over the course of a few months that’s changed a bit. What follows is a bit of a blueprint in how to bring up some of those “weird” money goals with your significant […]

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 6 Smart Ways to Save On Your Wedding Day

There are lots of ways to save on a wedding.

Today I have a guest post from James from BasicFinanceCare. James is a finance blogger who loves to write & educate people about personal finance, money management and frugality. Visit his personal finance blog to find more about him. Your wedding day is approaching in months and you’ve already started biting your nails looking at the expenses: don’t worry. Here are 6 smart ways to handle your finances in such a way that you can save a lot on your wedding day. Handling finances is not just about managing your day-to-days expenses but planning for future events as well. Everyone has big dreams when it comes to planning for their wedding, but handling the finances for it doesn’t seem so […]

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What’s Going On in the Blogosphere: Episode 12

The personal finance blogosphere - the world of blogs - is vast

Each week I’m going to try to put together a list of 3-5 great blog posts I’ve read from other personal finance bloggers. These posts are a collection of things I find interesting and thought-provoking, and if you like the content I’m posting I’d encourage you to check out some of the posts in this list. There are many more posts I recommend throughout the week on Twitter – if you aren’t following me yet, please head over there and give me a Follow or follow me on Facebook.   Debts to Riches: The Debt Bonfire Method Most people are familiar with two main methods of tackling your debt – the Debt Snowball (made popular by Dave Ramsey) and the Debt Avalanche. Debts […]

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We’re DINKs And Damn Proud Of It

We are DINKS and proud.

Being DINKs, it’s not uncommon for us to get comments in passing about how easy and nice it must be. Clearly we must have more time, more money, and more energy than people with kids. Obviously we’re wrong for not wanting kids and we’ll want them at some point. Right?! It can get aggravating at times, and I’m dedicating today’s post to tell people to stop treating childless-by-choice people like we’re some sort of fluke, don’t know what we want, or are irresponsible for not bringing another life into this world. Let’s dig into some of the bullshit things Kristin and I hear semi-frequently. If you couldn’t tell, this is going to be an epic rant. You’ve been warned. “Don’t worry, […]

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Save Ten Bucks a Month On Your Internet Bill

Do you want to save on your internet bill?

If you pay for internet access at home – which I imagine almost everyone reading this does – take a look at your bill. Lots of times companies will give you a base package amount and then tack on extra fees and taxes. Take a closer look at the fees. Most people can shave of ten bucks each month with just a few easy steps. Who doesn’t want to save on your internet bill? The Modem Trap Do me a favor right now: log into your account at your internet provider’s web site (Comcast, Centurylink, Time Warner, etc.). Pull up your bill. Go ahead, I’ll wait… … … Back? Good! Take a look at the fees on your bill. If […]

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Second Generation Debtors

Debt is a weird thing – few people talk openly about the debts that they have (even with spouses sometimes) and yet most Americans have debt. Why are we so afraid to talk about it, yet so comfortable with having it? We’ve come to expect that it’s just a fact of life. Our parents had (or have) debt, and so therefore it’s normal – and expected – to have your own as well. A Brief History of Modern Debt Debt is a weird paradigm that’s accelerated in the past 100 years, but really has taken off since the 60’s. Back in 1919, GM introduced automobile financing. Welcome to the century of car loans. This got extended a bit to financing […]

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What’s Going On in the Blogosphere: Episode 11

The personal finance blogosphere - the world of blogs - is vast

Each week I’m going to try to put together a list of 3-5 great blog posts I’ve read from other personal finance bloggers. These posts are a collection of things I find interesting and thought-provoking, and if you like the content I’m posting I’d encourage you to check out some of the posts in this list. There are many more posts I recommend throughout the week on Twitter – if you aren’t following me yet, please head over there and give me a Follow or follow me on Facebook.   Apathy Ends: Turning Savings Hacks into Charity Hacks The great thing about being more conscious of what we’re doing with our money is that it increases our capacity to help other people, both […]

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Guest Posting at The Dad Wallet

Good morning! Today I don’t have a regularly-scheduled post for Married with Money. Instead, you can head on over to The Dad Wallet where I have a guest post up. I will talk about transitioning from being in debt to saving and investing. If you’re in this stage, approaching it, or maybe already past it but not where you want to be on the saving and investing front, give it a read! Here’s a brief snippet:   You’ve slaved away at your debt for months – or in some cases years. Scrimping and hustling to knock out debt has been your focus for as long as you can remember. And then, perhaps anti-climatically, you find yourself gazing at the horizon, […]

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