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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My Superpower: I Can Predict The Future – And It Says RECESSION

A recession will happen at some point. Be prepared.

You guys! I have this awesome superpower: I can predict the future. Thankfully for you, I’m not going to be selfish with this amazing power. Here’s something this power told me: a recession is coming. Seriously. You see, markets tend to be cyclical in nature. After a bull run – when the markets perform well and everyone’s feeling happy – there typically comes a recession. And boy, have we had a long bull run already of nearly 9 years. What goes up, must come down, as they say. That’s true of a baseball (unless you can throw it at escape velocity of 25,020 miles per hour in which case you might have a more badass super power than I do) […]

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Time is Your Best Ally

Time is your best ally when it comes to investing

When it comes to investing, lots of beginners just don’t know where to start. That can be a problem, because instilling bad habits from the onset means that changing them down the road is more painful. And it means that going the easy route while you’re young can make for a more challenging future. After I graduated college, I got a job in IT making decent money. I wasn’t rolling in the dough like some folks, but it was a comfortable salary. I remember not being content with the paltry 4% match provided by my company’s 401(k), so I doubled my share to 8%. With their match, I was putting a whole 12%. While twelve percent isn’t exactly something to […]

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What’s Going On in the Blogosphere: Episode 18

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. Budgets Are Sexy: How Will This Move Me Forward? A simple question that J$ at Budgets Are Sexy ponders. In everything you do, simply ask: how will this move me forward? It comes from […]

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Paying Off $250,000 of Debt And Full Of Doubts

paying off debt

You guys! I have an awesome guest post this Friday from the one and only Mrs Picky Pincher. Mrs PP is a frequent reader of MwM and one of my favorite bloggers! Mrs. Picky Pincher is the blogger and money-saving maven at Picky Pinchers. She writes about paying off debt while living the good life.  Today she’s sharing a bit of her back story and some of the battles she and her husband have been going through on their journey to knock out a quarter million dollars of debt. Back in the summer of 2015, I was newly married and spectacularly clueless about money. Even though I was flushing my earnings down the toilet in the form of Starbucks and salon […]

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