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.

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7 Smart Tips To Spend Less So You Can Live More

When Andy and I decided to become debt free I got excited, then depressed, then excited again. You see, I was excited about the fact that we were going to change our family tree, vacation a lot and do all these things we were dreaming up. However, I also knew that if we were going to realize these dreams, we had some very tight years ahead. Ultimately, I decided the short term-loss would be worth the long-term gain and I started figuring out ways to start spending less.

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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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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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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.

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2017 Goals: Marathon, Mortgage, Millionaire

2017 is right around the corner!  

I’ve made some exciting and challenging goals for myself for the new year.  Some are short-term and some are long term.  I like to dream big with my goals, but also infuse some reality into the process.

2017 is my “M&M&M” year … Marathon, Mortgage and Millionaire.

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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?

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7 Smart Gift Ideas to Improve Your Health

Staying healthy requires determination, focus and daily action.  If you’re on a journey toward improving your health, having the right tools will help you reach your goals faster.

Here is a list of gift ideas for that special someone in your life looking to improve their health.  Most of these products I enjoy personally and some are ones that I’m excited to try!

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15-Year Mortgage Paid Off in 5 Years

During late 2013 while I was traveling out-of-town for work, my wife Nicole found our “forever house”.

This home had everything she was looking for including an attached garage, open floor plan, updated kitchen, walk-in closet and a big backyard on a half-acre lot. She told me that this was THE ONE and as soon as I got home from out-of-town, I had to see it.

My wife has excellent taste and the majority of the time we are in sync. I wasn’t worried about liking it. I was worried about getting a BIG OLE MORTGAGE to pay for it!

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