10 Easy Ideas to Make Your Next Budget Session Fun

This month, I’m challenging the listeners of the Marriage, Kids and Money Podcast and the readers of this blog to live on a monthly budget. Let’s make this budget challenge fun!

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Why You Need Life Insurance Today – with Jen Fowler

Life is precious. One day, we’re spending quality time with our family and making beautiful memories together. And the next day, we’re diagnosed with inoperable stage 4 brain cancer. I don’t say this to be flippant. I say this because we truly don’t know what tomorrow will bring. That is why we need to protect our family’s financial future with life insurance.

I’ve spent some time on Reddit lately reading stories of families who have recently lost a loved one and how life insurance (or the lack of it) has affected their lives. Not only does death take an immense emotional toll on the family, it can take a huge financial toll as well.

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3 Reasons Newlyweds Should Merge Their Money

The commitments Nicole and I made to each early on in our marriage have helped us to remain a strong, supportive and loving couple. One of those difficult decisions was whether or not we should combine our finances together when we got married. We figured that if honesty and teamwork were the pillars that hold up a strong relationship, joining our bank accounts and declaring it’s not “my money” and “your money” anymore was a great place to start.

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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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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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How to Talk to Your Spouse About Money – with Elle Martinez

Building wealth is a lot like building a strong marriage.

Both require determination, passion and the ability to communicate effectively.

Determination

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Freedom Through Minimalism – with Claudia and Garrett Pennington

We work hard.  We earn money.   We buy stuff.

Then, that stuff requires repair, maintenance and software updates. Before you know it, your stuff is out of style.  You’re on version 3 when the rest of the world is on version 7.

We work harder.  We earn more money.  We buy more stuff.

Are we in control of our things or are our things in control of us?

Experience Freedom Through Minimalism

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6 Family First Tips for Business Travelers

I’ve been in the corporate event marketing business for a little over 12 years now.  It’s a fun industry to be part of.  The thrill of a live event, being a part of a global product launch and traveling around the world can be very exciting.

That life can also be quite draining on your relationship with your family.

I’m writing this as I’m traveling on a week-long trip to Europe for a global sales opportunity.  If we win this business, it could be a big deal for our company.  But honestly, all I can think about is my family and how I can’t wait to go home.

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How to Fight Cancer as a Family – with Gene Villeneuve

According to the American Cancer Society, more than 1 million people in the United States get cancer each year.  Globally, that number rises to around 15 million people.

As sad as those statistics are, they are just that … only statistics.  Until cancer affects you, your family or someone close to you, you don’t realize the seriousness of the disease.  At least that was the case with me.

One of our close family members was recently diagnosed with breast cancer.  She is a young mother of four, a wife, a daughter, an aunt, a cousin and a friend to so many.  Because she is a light in so many people’s lives, her struggle to fight this disease has become her family’s struggle.

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Honey, I died.  Here’s what to do with the life insurance money.

Hello Nicole.  I’m not really dead.

Sorry about that spooky title.

But if I do die unexpectedly, I want you to give you and the kids a clear path to feel safe and well taken care of …

Hence why I’m writing this letter to you today …

The Warm Blanket of Life Insurance

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