Archives for June 2013

Why I’m Not A Part-Time Financial Advisor (Yet)

Why I’m Not A Part-Time Financial Advisor (Yet)

A few people might know this about me, but most don't. I've been trying to break into the finance industry for a few years now to no avail. Well, sort of. I am now a professional tax accountant, with and Enrolled Agent license (you can read all about enrolled agents here). But I didn't originally start out to become a tax professional. I wanted to help people with money professionally. To be clear, I LOVE my day job, and have no plans of moving on, because it's a great gig, a good team, and I don't feel the desire to go anywhere. But I've always wanted to help people with money on the side, … [Read more...]

5 Attitudes That Will Save You Money

5 Attitudes That Will Save You Money

  The follow is a post from my buddy Jon over at 2-Copper-Coins.com. He went to college with my wife, has just started a financial blog with his wife, and I'm really enjoying it! Check out the awesome tips here, and then head over to say "hi" on his blog. Thanks for reading! 1) I can fix it, or I will find out how We lose money when we give up on the items we already have. Our lawn mower breaks down and instead of taking time to fix it we just scrap it and buy a new one. Our television's screen gets a little scratched and we don't even consider replacing it (plus we're not really … [Read more...]

Cut The Crap

Cut The Crap

  As I was writing my post about income for the Ultimate Budget Series, I started to think about why people need more and more income to "just get by". There seems to be a common agreement among those who are struggling with money that their problems would be solved with just a little (or a lot) more money. It's the same old refrain of "If I just had a better job", or "If I won the lottery", or "If I could just get that raise…" and this mindset is what is keeping middle class America broke (you can read what I mean by the word "broke" here). I don't know if it a fear of responsibility, … [Read more...]

Credit Card Review: Chase Ink Bold and Ink Plus

Credit Card Review: Chase Ink Bold and Ink Plus

Welcome to my "Credit Card Review" Series. I've gotten a bunch of emails since I started writing about my fun credit card churning experiments, collecting tons of points for airline and travel rewards. I've had a blast doing research, finding deals, and taking some sweet vacations all on the credit card company's dime. So I figured I should probably start putting together some reviews of the cards I enjoy, and maybe even some I don't. I'm going to be coming from the perspective of someone who enjoys getting sweet signup bonuses, but also does NOT allow any credit card rewards change my … [Read more...]

Back From Vacation!

Back From Vacation!

I don't have time for a great write-up of anything, as I'm still catching up from being gone for almost 2 weeks! So here's some pics of our free vacation on credit card points :) There would be pictures of us all over Disney and at the pool, but we were ON VACATION! Which means phones and such were put away, drinks and food were out, and we enjoyed the sun without have to DOCUMENT EVERY LAST THING! And you know what? It felt awesome. I suggest you give it a shot, maybe starting on your next date night that you have in your monthly budget. It is in your budget, … [Read more...]

Ultimate Budget Series: Part 3 – Income Taxes

Ultimate Budget Series: Part 3 – Income Taxes

Welcome back to the Ultimate Budget Series. If you haven't have a chance to check out the rest of the series, here's what we've got so far: Introduction Income Tithing I remember when I got my first job at Fred Meyer (a grocery store for those not on the West Coast), and I BEYOND EXCITED to earn $6.25 an hour. I was scheduled for about 20 hours per week to start, so I quickly did the math and figured out I'd be $125 richer every week. BALLIN! But when I got my first check, I about died. Not only did I have to pay union dues (the crap am I going to do with a union at 16?), but I also … [Read more...]

Another Free Flight and Hotel on Credit Card Points

Another Free Flight and Hotel on Credit Card Points

I feel like we just talked about this a few months ago. Oh wait, we did. Back in April, Michelle and I went to Portland and stayed in a fancy pants hotel for free, along with using our Chase Sapphire Preferred rewards card cash back bonus to pay for the meals, wine tasting and bottles of wine. We made out with $1,250 worth of free vacation, some great memories, and a half dozen bottles of wine. W00t! And less than two months later, we're back at it again, this time it's going to include a free flight AND hotel on credit car points. "I'm Goin' To Disneyworld!" In a few weeks, I'm flying out … [Read more...]