This fall, I’m attending a conference called FinCon. This 3-day event focuses on the business of personal finance media. Bloggers, vloggers and podcasters from all around the country come to grow their small business and learn how to provide the most value to their audience.
In an effort to build up our savings lately, I’ve been researching a lot about how we can cut back our annual expenses. I’ve found that there’s a fine balance between reducing our overall spending and maintaining our current level of family happiness. After all, we could save 100% of our income, but that would leave us with no food, no home and no fun. (Insert sad face emoji here).
Six years ago, I decided to go credit card free. I had gone through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University where the credit card was labeled as the enemy of financial freedom. Since Mr. Ramsey’s advice had helped me in so many other areas of my financial life, like paying off our debt and getting proper insurance coverage, I thought avoiding credit cards completely was the smart way to go.
When I read the Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey in 2011, I knew going through all of the 7 baby steps could take quite a while. The book’s structure of saving money, paying off debt and investing was simple and easy to understand, but it definitely had some years attached to it. This was not a “get rich quick book” for sure. Nevertheless, I was intrigued and inspired to follow Dave’s 7 steps and see where it took me and my new family.
You have been persistent, you’ve become best friends with Zillow and your hard work has paid off. You have finally found your dream home. Now, it’s time for the important next step of choosing your mortgage.
Hello MKM Readers! For all you recent grads out there, we have a new guest post from Laur Davidson. She is freelancing her way through her university debt. Give her some student loan crushing encouragement in the comment section below. Enjoy!
For many college graduates the perfect job is one that pays well for the knowledge and skills they spent tens of thousands of dollars to acquire. However, the nature of today’s competitive job market requires more latitude when trying to meet all expectations.
Tomorrow is the 241st anniversary of the United States of America declaring its independence from Great Britain. While I’m preparing to spend a fun family day filled with hot dogs, beers and fireworks, I remembered that I also made a declaration of my own at the beginning of the year about my goals for 2017. We’re halfway done with the year so I thought I’d check in, share my progress and hopefully, you’ll do the same with me.