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It’s Time To Become a Financial Grownup – with Bobbi Rebell

There comes a time in our lives when we’re ready to take control of our finances. Perhaps we’re sick and tired of our mountain of student loans or our pitiful savings account.

Maybe we’re finally ready to invest for our retirement …

But where do we begin? There are so many things to do and we’re WAY behind!

Have no fear my friends … I’ve invited CFP and Personal Finance Author Bobbi Rebell on the show to share how we can all become Financial Grownups starting today.

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How to Become a Millionaire in Your 30’s: Interview 1 (Automation)

Have you ever wondered how an everyday person can become a young millionaire?

Me too!

That’s why I’m starting a series called “How To Become a Millionaire in your 30’s”. This will be an ongoing set of interviews with millionaires ($1M+ net worth) or “millionaires-to-be” ($750k-$999k net worth) aged 30-40. The goal is to learn how they’ve done it so we can all better our financial situation and build our wealth.

Our first interview is with Devin from Better Wealth Project.

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Should I Pay Off My Mortgage or Invest?

Our question of the month comes in from Luke from Indiana:


Hey Andy,

I was reading on your blog that you recently paid off your mortgage early. Congratulations!

I’m a Dave Ramsey guy like you and we’re getting close to baby step 6. I’m considering going heavy into paying off my mortgage like you did, but I’m also thinking it might be smarter for me to invest more for my retirement or just simply invest in the market. I also know market returns are unpredictable and we’re near all-time highs.

I have a 15-year mortgage at around 4% and the principal sits around $200,000. My wife and I are both working – we like what we do and combined we make around $200,000 per year. I feel like we could throw $50k per year at the mortgage and we’d be done in 4 years or less.

That could also be a good amount to throw at our retirement each year too.

What would you suggest for us? Should we pay off our mortgage or invest the money?

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Why You Need an Identity Outside of “Parent” and “Employee” – with Mark Bovair

As young parents, we can easily lose our identity. If we’re not feeding, clothing and cleaning up after our children, then we’re at our full-time jobs grinding away trying to pay the bills.

Where is the “me” time?

When do I get time for my hobbies and interests?

That’s what I’m exploring today with my special guest, Mark Bovair.

Mark is a single father of 3 who hails from the great state of Michigan (like me). Personally, I really enjoy his conversations and perspective around fatherhood, balancing work with a pursuit of your passions and discovering who you really are.

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Why Playing Games With Your Kids Will Save Them From Living Paycheck to Paycheck – with Paul Vasey

I’m all about giving my kids the very best in life. That all starts with equipping them with the ability to provide for themselves in the future. Basic financial literacy is a great place to start.

Given that 78% of Americans live paycheck to paycheck, according to CNBC, it is incumbent on us as parents to start the financial education process early so our kids will have better lives than we do.

There’s no one better to talk about these elementary (and crucial) math skills than Paul Vasey. Paul is the founder of Cash Crunch Games. This is a series of games for kids that teach money habits that will help them not live paycheck to paycheck and truly win in life.

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3 Smart Alternatives to Merging Money in Marriage

For the last 8 years, my wife Nicole and I have merged our finances. Our joint checking account has been the holding place for all of my paychecks and all of hers. It’s also been the account where all of our spending has come from.

Overall, that system has worked pretty well over the duration of our short marriage. We’ve rid ourselves of almost $50,000 of debt, we paid off our mortgage and we’ve grown our net worth by $800,000. Our lives are comfortable. We have two kids that are happy and healthy. Life is good.

Every once in a while though, Nicole and I have disagreements about money. What couple doesn’t, right? 

There are times when we don’t see eye to eye on spending or saving for the future. I’m always looking for ways to increase our wealth, security and create more time freedom. She likes those things too but is often more interested in enjoying today and not depriving ourselves.

Honestly, I see our “saver vs. spender differences” as a positive. She helps me live a little and I help her plan for the future.

It’s got me thinking lately about what other ways, we could arrange our money situation. I don’t want to stick with the same arrangement if we keep coming back to the same disagreements. Wouldn’t that be some marital lunacy?

I reached out to some friends in the personal finance community to get their thoughts and opinions. This community has helped me win with my money in the past … why not my marriage?!

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Grow Your Side Hustle into a Full-Time Family Business – with Tom and Ariana Sylvester

More and more Americans are embracing the side hustle lately. The massive amount of debt in our country is forcing people to get a second or even a third gig to make ends meet.

But what if you start to really dig your gig?

Maybe you see this gig turning into a real “grown up” business …

How can we leave our 9 to 5’s and pursue our new passion while still providing for our family?

I’ve invited two guests on the show today that will help us answer this very question. Tom and Ariana Sylvester are a married couple that not only raises children together, but they also build businesses together.

They run a coaching business called Lifestyle Builders where they help everyday people build their lifestyle through entrepreneurship. Also, they own a liquor store, invest in real estate and still have time to be present parents to their two small kids.

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When An 18-Year Old Learns How to Become a Millionaire

Have you ever encouraged someone to do something positive in their lives for a long time and then FINALLY they do it? This happened to me recently and I could not be happier with the result.

Last month, I checked Facebook and discovered this message from my sister:

Look what I found when I opened up the family computer this morning! :-O Thank you so much for having such a positive influence on my 18-year old!

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Strategies for Becoming a Young Multi-Millionaire and a Super Dad – with Physician on FIRE

When you truly take control of your money and achieve financial independence, doors start to open up that you never thought were even possible. As a parent with young children, this new-found freedom and opportunity allows you to enjoy more time with your kids and make life long memories together.

The Physician on FIRE is my guest today and he is a perfect example of this type of family financial success.

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Help Your Family With Their Money Questions (Without Freaking them Out)

Our question of the month comes in from Paul from Michigan:


Hi Andy,

I’ve been into personal finance and financial independence for years. I often have family and friends that approach me about investing and other personal finance topics. 

Money can be such an emotional topic and evoke feelings of shame or guilt. It can also be a very overwhelming topic.

How can I speak with people in my life about financial independence, investing and money without alienating or overwhelming them?

Thank you!

Paul

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