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The Top 3 Reasons Marriages End (And How to Prevent It) – with Kimberly Holmes

One of the most important decisions anyone can make is who you choose to spend your life with. Marriage impacts us emotionally, socially, legally, financially, and in so many other ways.

While the divorce rate in America is dropping, so is the marriage rate. That means married couples understand marriage is important, we might not know exactly where to turn for good advice.

Today, I sat down with Kimberly Holmes, the CEO of Marriage Helper, to learn more about the reasons why marriages end and what couples can do to save them. Kimberly explores three broad categories of marriage trouble, details some of the warning signs, and outlines steps that we can take today to be better partners tomorrow. 

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10 Simple Steps to Save Up for Your Next Home Down Payment

Rachel from Chicago has a question about saving up for her home down payment.


Hey Andy! 

My husband and I are trying to save for a down payment on a house. We are pretty good at living within our means. 

Any advice on how to make this easier, smarter, more fun?! 

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Investing On Your Own Without a Financial Advisor

Adam from Tampa is skeptical about working with a financial advisor and wants to know how to invest on his own.


Andy, 

I have a hard question for you. 

For most of my life, I have been told what to do with my money. I had a family member work for Morgan Stanley and he invested for us for years. 

Last year, we had some issues within the family and decided to part ways. My wife and I quickly decided to go with another guy who does good but the last email was life insurance focused.

The main question is I want to handle all of this on my own. I feel like I can’t teach my kids what is best without knowing. Any advice?

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How the Great Recession Inspired Me to Pay Off My Mortgage Early – with Christin McKamey

The Great Recession (2007-2009) caused higher levels of unemployment, plummeting real estate values and a lot of people to feel uneasy about their financial situation. Many parts of the United States were hit hard during this financial crisis, especially my home town of metro Detroit.

Today, I talk with Christin McKamey, a fellow metro Detroiter and the blogger behind Veggie Chick. We discuss how the Great Recession affected her and her husband Robert financially and emotionally. At one point, Christin found herself in nearly six-figures of debt with no job prospects. Her drive to improve her financial situation helped her to eliminate her debt and eventually become mortgage-free.

We chat about her and her husband’s financial past and upbringing, how she earned extra money to get rid of her debt and what they will do with their money now that they are mortgage-free.

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How We Paid off $50,000 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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Climbing Out Of $1,000,000 of Debt to Achieve Financial Independence – with Wendy Mays


Being neck-deep in debt can make you feel like all the odds are stacked against you, especially when you reach almost the seven figures!

Today, Andy talks to Wendy Mays on how her family is climbing out of nearly $1,000,000 of student loans, home mortgages, car loans, and other consumer debt. Wendy is the host of the House of FI podcast, a part-time work-from-home lawyer and a mother to six children. 

We talk about how she and her husband accumulated their debt, the turning point that led them to fix their situation and their progress on their journey to financial independence so far. 

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How We Can End Hunger in America Together – with Zuani Villarreal

For our “Be The Change” segment this month, we are featuring Feeding America. They are the nation’s largest domestic hunger-relief organization. Together with individuals, charities, businesses and government, their goal is to end hunger in our country.

I’ve invited the Director of Communications, Zuani Villarreal to tell us more about the organization.  We’re also going to discuss the state of hunger in our country, how this affects our nation’s children and what we can do about it.

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Why Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) is a Bad Side Hustle – with Melissa Blevins

Multi-level marketing (MLM) is a $36 billion industry, but according to AARP, 73% of people who participate in MLMs make no money or lose money.

So what’s the appeal? Why do people keep coming back with such a high failure rate?

Today, Andy talks to Melissa Blevins from the Perfection Hangover about the two MLMs she took part in to make some extra money while staying at home with the kids and how she ended up losing money.

We talk about what MLMs are all about, Melissa’s personal experiences and her current side hustle (that has become more profitable for her).

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5 Major Money Mistakes I’ve Made (And How You Can Avoid Them)

Lately, I realized that I’ve been sharing a lot of really great things that are going on in my life (paying off our mortgage early, net worth wins and transitioning to my small business full-time). While that news fun to share and can be motivating for those of you reading my blog, I think it’s also important to share some of my money mistakes as well. 

That’s what the financial journey is all about. We’re not always hitting big wins all the time. There are a lot of mistakes, but those mistakes can sometimes be the biggest lessons and help us learn a lot.

And then there are mistakes that just really suck and you don’t learn anything from them!

Here are 5 major money mistakes I’ve made in my life. Hopefully, by sharing these money mistakes, it’ll help you avoid them in the future. 

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Mortgage Payoff Calculator: 10 Steps to Pay Off Your Mortgage Early


Our question of the month comes in from Mike:


Andy,

I saw the Business Insider article about you paying off your mortgage early.

We’re in a similar situation. With $228,000 left on our mortgage, our plan is to pay it off in 6 years. We’re looking for advice and shortcuts!


That’s awesome to hear you want to pay off your mortgage early, Mike!

You’re looking for steps, shortcuts, and advice on how to pay off your $228,000 mortgage in 6 years … Let’s do this!

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