Transform from Starving Artist to Money Master

I am continually amazed with the amount of talent we have in our world. Designers, creators, entrepreneurs, artists, developers … These are people who push the bounds of what is possible to create a product, service or business that revolutionizes their respective field. While these folks might be masters of their craft, the creative class can sometimes lack the financial know-how to be masters of their money.

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5 Ways to Avoid Becoming House Rich and Cash Poor in a Seller’s Market

It’s home buying season! If you’re looking for a house right now, this very well could be one of the most difficult times to buy real estate. The amount of available homes is super low and prices have skyrocketed. In metro Detroit where I live, available homes have dropped 38% from last year to this year and prices have increased 9% already. As I googled other real estate in major metro areas, a similar story of low inventory and high prices spanned the country.

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Skip the Toy and Give the Gift of College

The cost of college is completely out of control. Every year, the cost to attend a 4-year university increases by twice the inflation rate. To put it in some more personal terms, by the time my 5-year old little girl goes to undergrad, we’ll need around $200,000 to make a 4-year in-state university a reality. Did I mention I have two kids?!

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What Our Mortgage Freedom Looks Like at 35

The home mortgage is quite often the largest expense in your typical annual budget. Since your mortgage eats up such a huge chunk of your monthly income, completely ridding yourself of it could be quite freeing.

My wife Nicole and I completely agree with this sentiment of mortgage freedom. We’re just not interested in having a mortgage anymore. So, we’re getting rid of it.

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Why You Need Life Insurance Today

Life is precious. One day, we’re spending quality time with our family and making beautiful memories together. And the next day, we’re diagnosed with inoperable stage 4 brain cancer. I don’t say this to be flippant. I say this because we truly don’t know what tomorrow will bring. That is why we need to protect our family’s financial future with life insurance.

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Retirement Target Date Funds: Pros and Cons

Retirement Target Date Funds are rapidly surging in popularity lately. Investors are flocking to this “set it and forget it” retirement tool as an easy way to diversify their portfolio and eliminate the fees of working with a high cost broker.

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My FICA, Federal and State Income Tax “Breakdown”

A few days ago, I pulled up the tax detail on my paycheck to see how much I was paying to Uncle Sam. Since I don’t get paper checks anymore as it’s all electronic through my job, I tend to forget how much of my hard-earned money is going to the government.

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