Over the last year on my podcast, I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with a collection of millionaire entrepreneurs, early retirees and personal finance experts. These conversations have allowed me to learn, grow and inspire others to win with their finances and create a better future for their family. After each episode, I share a quote that motivates me and the listeners of the podcast to take action.
The magical, mystical and all-powerful credit card …
If we want something really bad but we don’t have the money for it, credit cards solve our problems immediately. Don’t they? If we’re jonesin’ for some new threads, we want to buy a fancy dinner or even treat ourselves to a tropical vacation, we can swipe our way to happiness. Right?
Well, that quick and easy solution might cure our bad case of the “Wants”, but long-term credit card use without proper cash flow management will most definitely create infinitely more problems for us. In what seems like no time at all, we’re making payments with 18% interest on that tropical vacation we took 2 years ago! The memories of our good times on the beach don’t seem so glorious anymore.Continue reading “Obliterating $51k in Credit Card Debt and Empowering the LGBT Community – with John Schneider and David Auten”
I remember the day I received my first job offer. A $38,000 annual income! For a young guy right out of college, this seemed like an absolute boatload of money. I felt like Scrooge McDuck swimming through his vault of gold coins!
That same year, I leased an Audi Convertible, bought my first home with 10% down and traveled on a week-long vacation to Mexico using my home equity line of credit (HELOC). I was in my early 20’s, I was living paycheck to paycheck but I didn’t care. I was having a blast.
Student loans have become so commonplace in our country that everyone seems to be living with them. According to Forbes in February 2017, there are over 44 million people in the US living with student loans. Those loans amount to over $1.3 trillion dollars!
And it’s not just the nation’s millennials that are carrying around this heavy debt burden. Seniors receiving social security checks are starting to see their benefits reduced in order to pay back student loans they’ve owed for decades.Continue reading “Destroying $87k in Student Loans by Avoiding Lifestyle Inflation – with Kevin the Financial Panther”
Having an Emergency Fund is one of the first and most important steps in creating wealth. This simple act of saving will protect our families from the unexpected events of life and the dreaded ‘rainy day’.
Hello all! Andy Hill here … We have a new guest post from personal finance author Elle Martinez from Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money. Elle’s mission of helping couples improve their money-smart ways is right up my alley. Her article below gives you the skinny on how couples can truly take advantage of a dual income household. Enjoy!
Two incomes are better than one, right?
Marriage can be a beautiful partnership when spouses combine their gifts, talents, and support. Two incomes for a couple can also be a blessing – if used wisely. Let me explain.
Real estate investing has been something I’ve been interested in for a long time. The ability to own a home that provides a monthly passive income and grows in value at a consistent rate over time sounds quite appealing to me.
I don’t get as excited about flipping properties because it sounds like that’s a very detailed and focused skill. The margins are so tight that you need to be a master at your craft to succeed. Evidently, those well-produced HGTV home flippin’ shows make it look easier than it actually is.Continue reading “Investing in Rental Real Estate with Cold Hard Cash – with Peter Aquart”
Last month, I threw down a challenge to start living on a monthly budget. This wealth building habit gives a purpose to every dollar you earn so your money doesn’t go wandering off. That is the essence of a zero-based budget. Every dollar gets a job whether it is for spending, saving, giving or investing.
If you’re married, it is super helpful to have a monthly get together to discuss your family budget. Discussions around where you’re spending money, things you’re saving up for and, most importantly, what are your long-term dreams for your marriage and your family.Continue reading “Budget Your Way to Wealth (Results) & Protect Your Family’s Future”
One sign of hope coming out of the huge student loan crisis lately is that parents are starting to save more for future college expenses. According to Fidelity in 2016, families saving for college has increased from 58% to 72% over the past 10 years. With the cost of college increasing steadily, the more savings we have, the better prepared we’ll all be as parents.