What Super Bowl 49 Should Teach You About Money

What Super Bowl 49 Should Teach You About Money

If you didn't know, I'm a Seattle native. I've lived in the area my whole life. And let's be honest, sports have mostly sucked around here. We had the great Mariners run of '95. I think the Sonics won some junk before I was born. And the Seahawks lost a Super Bowl a while back. But the last 2 years have been a bit crazy. The Seahawks have finally got this town going again and have put us back on nation's map as a sports town. Sure, most people hate us because we're arrogant or something, but it's been a fun run to be in back to back Super Bowls. But man that last play … [Read more...]

Go Ahead, You Deserve It

Go Ahead, You Deserve It

They say that money is far more about what happens in-between your ears than what happens inside your wallet. The psychology of personal finance is VERY fascinating, and probably the most important part of getting a handle on your money. There are tons of different psychological traps we can fall in to that cause us to veer off course with our financial plan and make dumb money decisions. Today, I want to dive into the psychology of one of the biggest reasons for the mis-handling of your precious dollars, and what we can do to combat this financial temptation. The Trap Getting on a budget … [Read more...]

How To Turn Your Resolution Into A Goal (And Actually Accomplish Something!)

How To Turn Your Resolution Into A Goal (And Actually Accomplish Something!)

Welcome to the New Year, everyone! I hope you're ready to kick some butt! While everyone is patting each other on the back and complimenting each other on their wonderful New Year's Resolutions, over here at iHeartBudgets we're getting our wimpy budgets in shape by kicking lame "resolutions" to the curb and coming up with something strong and durable… GOALS! And before we jump in to the details of how to pump those weak-sauce resolutions with some goal-juice, let's talk about what a resolution and a goal actually are. Resolution: Defined Straight from the dictionary: A firm … [Read more...]

In-Depth Interview On ObjectWealth.com!

In-Depth Interview On ObjectWealth.com!

Hey Everyone! Here's an early Christmas Present from the bottom of my wallet heart. I did a sweet in-depth interview on ObjectWealth.com about "How to create a budget that works." We also talked about how budgets are like fine wine, how sometimes "no" means "yes", and how I really enjoy taking advice from bald guys. Want to hear more? Click the link below and enjoy! ObjectWealth.com Interview With Jacob Wade (<- click here)   p.s. what's with the ridiculous close-up of my face at the top of this page?? ^ kinda creepy.... … [Read more...]

Life Updates

Life Updates

Hey everyone. Man, what a summer it's been, eh? (no, I'm not Canadian). I have been absent lately, and I apologize for that. There's been some major life changes and also, it's been sunny out in the Seattle area, which is an absolute rarity, so I have found it hard to sit inside and type away at a screen instead of enjoying playing baseball in the backyard with my son and crawling around in the grass with my baby girl. We have also been having fun adventures at "Gammies cabin" in a warmer part of the state, and have basically been enjoying every second we can milk out of this beautiful … [Read more...]

Personal Finance Rap Video

Personal Finance Rap Video

Yes. You read that right. My buddy Matt over at Listen Money Matters is talented. Not only does he have a wicked-cool site and podcast, but apparently he can rap. And not like the "my buddies and I were drinking one night and I rapped about how drunk I was" kind of rap. No, he's got FINANCIAL SWAGGER, and has absolutely set the bar for entertaining personal finance songs. So, without further ado, here is "All My Money" by Matt Giovanisci. For more details on the sing, including lyrics and a "Making Of" video, check out THIS POST. … [Read more...]

Used Cars Are Not Money Pits. New Cars Are.

Used Cars Are Not Money Pits. New Cars Are.

And it's time again for my monthly car rant, the game where I show you, the readers, how buying new cars and getting car loans is single-handedly keeping the middle class broke. For those that aren't familiar, feel free to review a few of my favorites, including: You Don't Need A New Car Things I Couldn't Do If I Had A Car Payment How To Buy A Used Car Like A Boss Wisdom About Cars From My Grandpa We Only Drive Fancy Cars And of course… Your Hybrid Car Is A Waste Of Money Today we're going to tackle the ridiculous idea that "cars with high mileage are too unreliable … [Read more...]

You Can’t Take It With You

You Can’t Take It With You

Life has a way of cruisin' along just fine for a long while, and then completely overwhelming you all at once. It ebbs and flows like the tides of the ocean, but can hit you like a tidal wave without warning, destroying your reality and leaving you there to pick up the pieces. I lost two grandparents in the past month. Cancer Sucks Before Michelle and I even got married, we were already talking about baby names. In fact, we had already picked out our first daughter's name while we were dating. And it was no question that her middle name would be June. My grandma June was the sweetest, … [Read more...]