Save on Taxes in 5 Easy Steps

It’s tax time!

At least it was for the Hill Family this weekend. We cranked out our taxes while the kids rode their bikes around on an unexpected 60-degree weekend. Equipped with our laptop, our nerdishly organized tax document folder and with some surprisingly cooperative kids, we finished in just under 3 hours.

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If I Could Do It Again – 9 Pieces of Financial Advice For Me in My 20’s

The other day I was emailing with Heath, a listener of the podcast. Heath commented that my show has a family-focused tone to it, but it can really be enjoyed by single guys (like Heath) who don’t quite yet have a family as well. The compliment was extremely appreciated – thank you Heath – and it got me thinking. What advice would I have for myself 10 or so years ago before I met Nicole before I had kids and before I knew anything about money?

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5 Easy Tips to Lower Your Grocery Bill

Food … Evidently, you need it to live. Fine, fine, fine … As frugal as I am, I still like living. But why does it take up so much of my monthly budget?!

We are currently spending around $900 per month on average on our grocery bill. This includes things like toiletries, paper towel and laundry detergent. I find this number to be way too flippin’ high for my liking! 

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How We Paid off $48,032 of Debt in 1 Year

In May 2010, I married my dream girl. She was funny, beautiful and chock-full of 90’s TV trivia. Our first couple of dates consisted of a lot of Saved by the Bell and Seinfeld jokes.

Outside of knowing the Soup Nazi episode verbatim, Nicole and I both came into the marriage knowing the general basics of personal finance. You know, advice like:

  • “Don’t carry a credit card balance”
  • “Always have some savings for a rainy day”
  • “Good debt is okay to have”

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Smart Retirement Investing the Vanguard Way – with Maria Bruno

For decades, Vanguard has been a trusted name in the investment community. In this financial blogger world that I’ve entered into recently, it’s a resounding theme that Vanguard is the way to go when it comes to investing for your retirement. Billionaire Warren Buffett thinks Vanguard is an excellent choice. Personal Development Coach, Tony Robbins wrote a book called MONEY: Master the Game where he praises Vanguard for being the only recommendation for many of the billionaires he interviews.

Since that is the ever-present case, I decided I would give Vanguard a call and get retirement advice straight from the source and share it with all of you.

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Create Your Budget on Mint in 10 Simple Steps

If you want to improve your financial situation, you need to develop and live on a budget. By doing this, you are creating a detailed map that will guide you to financial freedom.

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5 Ways I’m Promoting Gender Equality for My Daughter

Audi of America took a bold stance this weekend with a Super Bowl commercial focused on the importance of gender equality.

The :60 spot entitled “Daughter” shows a father watching his daughter in a boxcar race where she’s competing mostly against other young boys. The father contemplates how he’ll teach his daughter that she is worthy and equal in this world despite all of the obstacles, biases and prejudices that exist. In the end, she wins the aggressive boxcar race (of life) and she and her father confidently walk off into the sunset.

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Budget Your Way to Financial Freedom in 5 Steps

When my wife Nicole and I started our marriage, we were $50,000 in debt and spending money like it was our full-time job.  I, for one, had no issue going on vacations, driving cars and updating our home all on credit.

When we started thinking about having kids, Nicole and I knew it was time to break our addiction to debt.  We knew we needed a plan to master our money.

We had heard that developing a monthly budget could help us in eliminating debt, saving more money and reaching our goals.  So, we gave it a go.  It was rocky at first, but soon it became habit.

Fast forward six years later, we’re debt-free, our net worth has increased by $800,000 and we are mortgage free. We’ve never been happier.   

The catalyst for this major change in our lives was creating and sticking to a monthly budget.   

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Upgrade Your Diet to Upgrade Your Life – Donnie Desanti

I know I can’t be a super Dad, a kind and caring husband or a master of my money if I’m not feeling my very best. And that all starts with the food I eat.

In 2011, I went to my doctor for a regular physical exam. You know the one I’m talking about, they whack your knee with that little hammer, prick you with some needles and tell you to turn and cough.

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How to Make a Stay-at-Home Mom Feel Appreciated in 1 Week

Being a Stay-at-Home Mom can be incredibly difficult. Long days, no contact with adults and repetitive tasks that feel like rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic can make you lose your marbles. Yes, it is incredibly rewarding and you develop an unbreakable bond with your children, but raising small kids can be physically, mentally and emotionally draining.

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