Republic Wireless Review: You Need To Run The Numbers

Republic Wireless Review: You Need To Run The Numbers

About a year ago, a Republic Wireless rep. reached out to me to see if I had ever heard of them. At first, I thought it was some sort of scheme for ads, so I ignored. But I eventually found my way over to their site, and realized that they had created something awesome, at a price point NO ONE could ignore. The Little Guy With A Big Idea They kindly sent me a demo phone with which to try out, which I didn't like much. It was old Android, and I owned a newer Windows Phone (don't hate) from work. But I tried out the phone for what is was good at, and it performed well. They used your home WiFi … [Read more...]

Man Risks His Life Everyday Driving A Used Car

Man Risks His Life Everyday Driving A Used Car

If you haven't read through my archive of posts on used cars, you should check them out HERE. I usually tout the virtues of the tens of thousands of dollars saved every decade by buying used. But I can no longer stand by that statement. I have recently obtained a top secret video of a man, who shall remain nameless, and his perilous daily journey of driving a used car. I cannot express how deep my concern is for his well-being, and wish, for the love of bleeding wallets, that he would have wised up and listened. He should have bought a new car so he wouldn't live in constant fear of … [Read more...]

How To Not Worry About Money Ever Again (And It’s Not What You Think!)

How To Not Worry About Money Ever Again (And It’s Not What You Think!)

Hi, I'm Jacob Wade. You may have seen in features such as "budget and love it" and "who said frugal didn't know how to partay?!" I'm here today to tell you about a revolutionary new way to think about YOUR money. It's an amazing tool that will allow you, the average citizen, to turn into a FINANCIAL SUPERHERO (cape sold separately). Come and learn how to not worry about money for the rest of your life! Do You Lose Sleep At Night? Do money troubles cause you to lose sleep? Are you irritable and annoyed when talking about money? Do you have a pile of unpaid bills mocking you every time you … [Read more...]

Life Is Too Short To Be Lazy

Life Is Too Short To Be Lazy

As I drive to work in my 300,000+ mile vehicle, I realize that, at the age of 28, I'm an old man. I listen to talk radio, yell at the stupid commercials, and glare at those "pesky teenagers bumping their techno-jazz-fusion-punk-rock music!" You know, unless they play a rap song from the early 2000's, then I'm crankin' that ish up and getting' crunk! ….. But back to the talk radio. On my way to work, I get to hear the exciting debate over the Seattle, WA minimum wage. If you're not from here, you might not know it, but we boast one of the highest minimum wages in the country. The national … [Read more...]

How To Travel For Free: Hawaii Trip Update

How To Travel For Free: Hawaii Trip Update

Hello everyone! I hope you didn't miss me too much. Just finished up another busy tax season, got promoted at my day job and tried to see my family in between. It's been nuts! During that time, I also kept the wheels a turnin' on our epic Hawaii trip plans. Last we left off, I had put all the puzzle pieces together on getting 7 free tickets to Hawaii for our family, and was about to book the tickets. Let's see how that turned out. 7 Free Roundtrip Tickets To Hawaii We are heading to Hawaii to celebrate my mother-in-law's 50th birthday, and to have a 10 day getaway from reality. Since … [Read more...]

You Are Being Boiled Alive

You Are Being Boiled Alive

I am never one to place financial blame on the government, or corporations, or anyone else for your financial problems. Those problems are yours, and you have MUCH more control over them than society thinks. But the majority of people I help through my financial coaching just don't see the impact of all the small expenses in their budget. I always try to show them the long term impact of these things, and many people are shocked at how a few simple items could delay their retirement a few years! Yes, the latte factor is in full effect, but this time it's not lattes killing the … [Read more...]

Your Ideal Budget: Family Of Four |$40,000 Income

Your Ideal Budget: Family Of Four |$40,000 Income

I love all things budget. And having put together quite a few budgets over the years, and worked with many people on this very site to create a financial plan, I have seen a few trends. I have also been able to find ways to save money in almost ANY budget category for our family, and for the family of those who I have coached. I have found that most everyone has unique goals and aspirations for their life, but there are a LOT of commonalities for ways to reach those goals. So I have decided to create "Your Ideal Budget", a place where I put together the IDEAL BUDGET for individuals and … [Read more...]

Reader Question: How Do I Convince My Wife That Used Cars Are Awesome?

Reader Question: How Do I Convince My Wife That Used Cars Are Awesome?

I love my readers. Not sure if I've said that before. But I do! You send me awesome questions, which I get to answer, and often they are thought-provoking enough to turn into a fun post. Today's reader question bring me it back to one of the most costly and wasteful things we spend our money on: new cars. Our reader, Dave, has seen the light and agrees that buying a new car is a complete waste of hard earned dollars. But he has a dilemma! He needs to convince his wife of this. Let's see what Dave says: I've read and agree with your articles on reliable older Hondas/Toyotas. My problem … [Read more...]