Hello all! Andy Hill here … We have a new guest post from personal finance writer Amy Beardsley from Early Morning Money. Amy is a self-described money geek that is obsessed with simplifying money and breaking free from the burden of debt. Her article below shares why we all need sinking funds in our budgets to help us create that freedom we desire. Enjoy!
When it comes to your family’s finances, you already know you need an emergency fund to protect you from a job layoff or major medical illness. But what about all of those little expenses that come up year after year, like car insurance, Christmas, or your annual family vacation?
That’s what sinking funds are for, and they’re the secret to a successful budget.
When money is tight, or you’re working on a big debt-payoff
goal, covering all of your expenses is key to making it work. With sinking
funds, you can easily stick to your budget even when faced with costs that
don’t come up that often. Here’s how to get started.
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.
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.
It is time to take some massive action to improve our financial situations before the year is up. That way we’ll kick things off in January with confidence and more money in our pockets.
If you made a list of goals or new years resolutions earlier this year, now is the time to look at that list and assess how you’re doing. Think about what action you can take to accomplish those big goals you set for yourself earlier this year.
Now if you didn’t make any goals or can’t find that list, that’s okay! I have 5 goals for you to consider to help you improve your financial situation before the new year.
Our first question of the month comes in from Nick from Tampa who responded to a blog post I wrote about paying off our mortgage (here’s the article):
I love this blog post. As a former Dave Ramsey groupie myself, I’m really excited for y’all! Would love to hear about your perspective one year later. I’m curious where you’re at with this? Have you followed through on your plans to allocate your savings like you say at the end of the post?
Have you invested in other opportunities?
How have the vacations gone?
Do you regret paying the mortgage off or do you still feel it was a smart decision?
Our question of the month comes from Joe from South Dakota:
Like you, I have a young family (wife + 2 young kids), a house, and a blessed life. However, I do have a mountain of student debt (~200,000) that I have accumulated through a doctorate in Chiropractic that creates considerable stress in our little world.
Wouldn’t it be incredible to have a business you can call your own?
A business that allows you to pursue your passions, utilize your creative talents and work wherever you want.
A lot of people crave this location independent lifestyle, but few know how to achieve it while still making an income to support their family. Especially in a high cost of living city …
Well, I found someone who’s doing it all and he’s going to inspire us today.
Eric Rosenberg joins on the show today. Eric is a father of two, entrepreneur and full-time writer. His business has done so well this year that he’s consistently exceeded $10,000 in income each month.
Our first question of the month is from Brian from Michigan:
After reading one of your millionaire interviews, I found your debt freedom story and your path sounds like mine.
My wife and I have gotten serious about paying off our debt after we learned she was pregnant 6 months ago. We are now nearing the debt-free finish line. Only two more months to go and we’ll be student debt free, car debt free and credit card debt free … really all debt free outside of our mortgage.
All in all, we’ll have about $600 extra each month when we’re done. Outside of going on a weekend getaway to celebrate (no drinking because of the baby *snap*), we want to keep building wealth. Any suggestions for the extra cash each month that will keep moving us forward?
Eliminating the largest debt in your life … Owning your home outright.
If you’re reading this and you’re thinking, “Well … you always have a mortgage. That’s just something you need to pay forever. No one pays off their mortgage.”
Well, I have a guest today that completely disagrees with that statement.
Talaat McNeely joins me today on the show to discuss how he and his wife, Tai, paid off their $330,000 mortgage in just 5 years. Not only did they complete this impressive feat incredibly fast, but they did it on a single income.