My Hail-Dented Badge of Honor

Hail about this size damaged my car

If there’s one thing I’m distinctly not known for, it’s my knowledge of cars. My dad equipped my brother and I with a lot of information and life lessons while we were kids. However for all his hard work, handiness in general is somewhat of an enigma in our family. So it’s a bit surprising that despite not being known for my knowledge of cars, one of my defining possessions is my 2011 Hyundai Sonata. First(ish) Car I purchased my Sonata, used, in 2010 with about 7000 miles on it. I got a super shitty car loan; I didn’t know better, my credit was ‘meh’ due to my credit card debt from college, and I needed a new car anyway. […]

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Financial Fridays: Net Worth – Take Stock Of Your Assets and Debts

You can calculate your net worth with paper and a computer or phone

Welcome to Financial Fridays #2! Over the next 6 weeks – every Friday from now until the end of 2017 – I’m going to share posts that will help you paint a picture of your financial life today and set you up for a prosperous 2018. We’ll touch on topics ranging from income and expenses to net worth, debt, career advice, and setting goals. These are some of the steps Kristin and I have taken to help set ourselves up to be able to afford our dream wedding, dream house, and plan for early retirement. Of course, a healthy dose of privilege helps and I’d be remiss to not mention how fortunate we’ve been in that regard. If you’re looking […]

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Be Thankful

Remember to be thankful this Thanksgiving

As we celebrate Thanksgiving in the US tomorrow, it’s a time for us to reflect on the things in our life to be grateful for. As people who even have the ability to read this blog, you have a ton of privilege and opportunities that many others don’t have. This year, here’s a few things I’m thankful for: Health. Lots of people don’t have this luxury, but I’ve been extremely fortune to not have many major health issues. Noteworthy exceptions go toward my mouth (spoiler alert if I’m ever doing a “two truths and a lie” icebreaker) and my knees. Family and friends. The people in my lives that I hold dearest make everything better. To make this year even […]

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Shop at Amazon? Do .5% Better.

Amazon Smile will donate money to charity when you make a purchase

FYI: This week is going to feature some shorter posts as I spend time with family in town for Thanksgiving. Please have a safe, fun, and happy holiday weekend if you’re in the US. As one of the largest companies in the world, chances are pretty good that you have shopped at Amazon at least once. As Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals roll around, many will take to their computers and find sweet details on the gigantic retailer. If you’re planning on shopping, PLEASE consider doing 0.5% better with your dollars. There’s no downside to you. Do 0.5% Better as a Shopper If you’re a shopper, swap out your bookmarks and instead go to https://smile.amazon.com and log in there. […]

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What’s Going On in the Blogosphere: Episode 20

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.   Mr. Jamie Griffin: Why Talking About Money is the Best Medicine for Your Relationship Jamie Griffin brings up some great points on talking about money in your relationship. You know I’m a huge […]

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Financial Fridays: Track Your Income and Expenses

Track your income and expenses on a computer or pencil and paper

Welcome to Financial Fridays #1! Over the next 7 weeks – every Friday from now until the end of 2017 – I’m going to share posts that will help you paint a picture of your financial life today and set you up for a prosperous 2018. We’ll touch on topics ranging from income and expenses to net worth, debt, career advice, and setting goals. These are some of the steps Kristin and I have taken to help set ourselves up to be able to afford our dream wedding, dream house, and plan for early retirement. Of course, a healthy dose of privilege helps and I’d be remiss to not mention how fortunate we’ve been in that regard. If you’re looking […]

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Life Lessons from Monopoly

Monopoly taught some great life lessons

Growing up, we used to play a fair amount of board games. I love board games for a number of reasons – a topic I’ll touch on later this year. They were great times to bond as a family, even if I lost more than I won. One of our favorites was Monopoly. Pretty much everyone’s familiar with Monopoly – especially now that there’s so many dang versions of it! Chances are you either like it or you hate it – I’ve met few people who are neutral about the game. Regardless of your personal thoughts on it, here are a few lessons I picked up from my years of playing. Free parking is FREE Alright first off let’s get […]

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Find Your Why

I found my why in London

Making big life changes can be scary. Often they push us to feel uncomfortable. In this discomfort – or even in the anticipation of it – we have two choices. We can either push through and follow these life changes, or we can decide to turn back around and follow the easier path. Familiarity is EASY. Without a compelling reason to be uncomfortable, it’s easy to resort to what you’re familiar with. Unless you find your why – the reason for why you’re actually, truly, making a life change – it’s even easier to follow the comfortable path. Finding your why is critical to solidifying the decisions you make. It can help you make the most of them and keep […]

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What’s Going On in the Blogosphere: Episode 19

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. Minafi: Data Says the Millennial Early Retirement Age is 40 Adam had put together an insanely awesome Interactive Guide to Early Retirement and Financial Independence that was all the buzz on Reddit, Rockstar Finance, […]

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How We Dropped 35lbs For Our Wedding

When Kristin and I were looking at ourselves earlier this year, we realized that we needed to make a change. We switched up our diet, and started eating much healthier. I’ve written a little bit about it here before, but if you want a better story, check out my recent feature on Picky Pinchers blog. Here’s a little appetizer:   We were fat. Not like the cute kind of fat that babies get when they’re growing. The kind of fat that you get when you find true love and you just kind of … let yourself go. Okay, so neither my wife nor I were ACTUALLY fat, but at the beginning of this year, we realized we needed to make some changes. […]

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