The following is a post from Jackie at The Debt Myth. Check out her sweet blog and debt iPhone App after reading how to rock your financial life. Thanks for sharing, Jackie, as I finish up the last tax returns this week! Did you know that debt and the failure to thrive financially are often caused by just two things? They're things that can be fixed with a little bit of persistence and … [Read more...] about The Surprising Way to have an Awesome Financial Life
As tax time comes to a close, many Americans are waiting in anticipation of their tax refunds to hit their bank account (or come in the mail). The average tax return in 2012 was nearly$3000! And though it is tempting to take that money and buy a 108" TV for your 1-bedroom apartment, let me pitch to you another idea that will have FAR more benefit that having life-sized football players running on … [Read more...] about Best Place To Put Your Tax Return Money
Ok. This is getting ridiculous. As you know, I set some goals at the beginning of the year. I was able to hit one of those goals right away, which was doubling my 401k investment and meeting the maximum employer match. Done and done. But then my paycheck was smaller, so I adjusted my withholding to get it back where I wanted it (since I got a decent refund, I'd rather take the pay home than loan … [Read more...] about Financial Automation Required
I rarely listen to music anymore. I'm not sure if it's just that I'm becoming an old man (I'm a ripe 27, for gosh-sakes! Can't keep up with these young whippersnappers!), or that my brain couldn't process any more Autotune coming through my ears without imploding. Whatever the case, I listen to a lot of talk radio. And it's funny, the commercials are definitely geared more toward upper middle … [Read more...] about You Didn’t Save Any Money
Remember when I told everyone why we weren't refinancing our mortgage? And then I ate my words by posting about our upcoming mortgage refinance? Well, good news, ladies and gents! Our mortgage refinance has finally closed, and there were NO ISSUES! Yes, really, it was as smooth as the other side of the pillow (wait, what's the saying again?). Either way, it was awesome, and now we're saving $200 a … [Read more...] about Mortgage Refinance Completed!
Financial temptations are everywhere. Don't believe me? Just flip on your TV for more than 15 seconds. Heck, even if a commercial is not on, product placement is all over your favorite show, even if you don't notice (though lately, it's blaringly obvious to the point where Michelle and like look at each other, roll our eyes in disgust, and even chuckle a bit at how over the top it is. I mean, … [Read more...] about How To Kill Financial Temptations