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Author: Andy Hill
Andy Hill, a mid-30’s father of two living in the metro Detroit area, pens the MarriageKidsandMoney.com (MKM) blog taking you through the trials and tribulations of being a young parent and husband who is planning for his family’s future and winning with money.
For some people, their pile of debt can feel so huge that paying it off just feels like fiction. It feels impossible. It feels overwhelming.
Well today, I’ve invited someone on the show who felt the same exact way, but then she took action and won the battle against her debt.
Allison Baggerly and her husband partnered together to pay off $111,000 of debt in 4 ½ years. They completed this difficult feat on two teacher’s salaries with two little kids at home. In our interview, she’s going to share with us how she did it.
For our Fintech Spotlight segment this month, we are featuring qplum, a company that is bringing AI, data-driven strategies, and affordability to the world of investing. I’ve invited the co-founder and CEO of qplum, Mansi Singhal, to tell us more about the company today.
We’re also going to discuss why monitoring our investment portfolio might actually be a really bad idea.
Andy Hill: The markets have been up and down a lot lately, and I’ve been checking my portfolio a lot more frequently. Why is that not a good idea?
My wife and I are expecting our first child this year, so it will be a true test on how we work around the new costs we will be accruing. I am on pace to pay off a student loan in 3 years and I don’t want to break that. We max out our 401k and we pay extra on our mortgage and my student loan each month.
I don’t want to lose this momentum we have — we both promised ourselves we would never decrease our 401k contributions because we value investing in our future too much. I guess I’m divulging all of this to ask …
What do you advise so I don’t lose momentum when the baby comes?
One fall night in 2010, my wife Nicole and I were watching the Suze Orman Show. (Yes, I used to DVR it). There was this fun segment where someone would call in and Suze would analyze that person’s financial health and give them a grade. It was called How Am I Doing?
One term that we kept seeing over and over again on this segment was “Net Worth”. Since we were personal finance newbies, we had no idea what this meant. Nicole and I were making a combined six-figure income together so we figured our net worth must be HUGE.
After the show was over, we decided to see how rich we really were. There was no doubt in our mind that we’d be better off than most of the jokers that call in to the show and get an “F” grade from Suze!
We walked upstairs and started to write down all of our numbers on a big white board. By separating our “assets” (what we owned) and our liabilities (what we owed) into two big columns, we started to discover that we weren’t rich.
Over the past two years when I run into someone and tell them about my podcast, one major question that continues to come up is “What have been your biggest takeaways?”
It’s a great question.
It’s the whole reason I started the show. I wanted to learn from some incredibly smart, family-centric, wealthy, philanthropic, independent, in-control of their future rock stars that would motivate me to give my family the best life possible. And it’s worked.