Dollar by dollar, I managed to unload over $100,000 in less than three years. I am pretty sure I kept a few retailers in business and helped pay for a few mall fast food employees' college tuition with the way I blew through my cash. Now, I did not earn any of this money, mind you. I actually received it in a lump sum at age 18. How Did I Get It? It's actually a sad story how I received the … [Read more...] about How I Blew Through $100,000 Before I Turned 21
Lately, when I decide to get up on time, I have been privileged to enjoy the amazingness that is riding the bus. Standing out on the corner in the rain while the bus running 5 minutes late reminds me that being frugal is sometimes a bummer. Saving $5 a day on gas looks like me spending almost an extra hour on travel per day and bearing the elements. The nice thing is, I am able to do some blogging … [Read more...] about Winning the Lottery: What Would YOU Buy?
Caution: Budgets Ahead! (Photo credit: 401K)Here on iHearBudgets, my goal is to help people see how awesome budgets really are and how they provide freedom to tell you money where to go. This site was born out of a passion of mine to help people get out of the day-to-day stress of living paycheck to paycheck and not seeing any progress in their finances. I love to talk personal finance and … [Read more...] about Budget Fridays
To say that I have made poor choices with my money is an understatement. When I look back at all the stupid things I decided to do with money it sometimes hurts. By the time I turned age 21 I had wasted over $100,000 in three short years. SICK! If you missed that, let me write that again for emphasis. I WASTED OVER $100,000 IN LESS THAN 3 YEARS BY THE TIME I TURNED 21 YEARS OLD! Now, I won't get … [Read more...] about Broke vs. Poor
If you know me, you know I love budgets. Like, borderline obsessive about it. My spreadsheets are simple works of art, delivering powerful, functional information that helps me get a handle on our daily spending and overall financial picture for the month. I can easily say that, without our budget, we would not have a home, my wife would not be a stay-at-home mom, and we’d most likely be … [Read more...] about Budgeting Basics (Part 1): Laying Your Financial Foundation
Welcome back to the budgeting basics series! Last week, we talked about creating a priorities list to use as a filter for where your money should go. I ended the post by suggesting that you should write down your income and expenses to see where you money is going and to compare that with your priorities. I realize that this is no small task, especially for someone who has not ever put together a … [Read more...] about Budgeting Basics (Part 2): Tracking Your Income and Expenses