5 Quick Ways to Improve Your Finances Before the New Year

It’s almost the New Year!

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.

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How to Become a Millionaire in your 30’s – Interview 18 (Financial Gladiator)

Young millionaire status and financial independence can both be attained by building up your passive income through real estate and lowering your cost of living. That’s what has worked well for the blogger known as the Financial Gladiator!

By investing early and growing his portfolio, the Financial Gladiator achieved financial independence in his early 30’s and now enjoys life traveling the globe as a scuba instructor. Now, that’s the life!

Let’s learn how he did it!

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I’ve maxed out my 401k. Where else can I invest?

Our second question of the month comes from Angela from California:

Hi Andy,

I’m enjoying your podcast and wanted to ask you a question as I’m starting to get into more aggressively saving for my retirement.

I’m 32 years old. I recently modified my contributions to my workplace 401k so I’ll be maxing it out at $18,500 this year. I recently paid off my last student loan and had extra money. My husband is matching his 401k too after a little convincing. So we’re really getting serious about our retirement savings now. Both our companies match so that’s another perk.

I do feel like I’m behind overall though. Where else should we consider investing outside of our 401k?

Any feedback you have would be great.

Angela

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With no mortgage, what do you do with the extra money?

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):

Andy,

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?

From, Nick from Teach My Kids Money

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Why We’re Giving $100 Tips This Holiday Season (And Why We Want You to Join Us)

As we’re out and about enjoying the holidays this year, we will more than likely interact with someone in the service industry. We may be served by a waitress, greeted by a host or checked out by a cashier.

These folks are hustling to pay their bills and hopefully, they will make enough to have a happy holiday with their family. Unfortunately, these positions are some of the lowest paying jobs in the US. The average waiter or waitress in the US makes around $20,000 per year.

While we can’t easily change the landscape of the service industry, we sure can give back to our neighbors who are working hard during the holidays.

As a small gesture of thanks and paying it forward, my wife and I are planning on giving two random $100 tips to someone in the service industry this year. Rockstar Finance has already joined in on the fun by supplying us with $100 for the effort! We’re hoping you will join us too.

We’re calling it #BigTipTuesday! Here’s how it’ll go in 5 easy and fun steps:

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Managing Gift Expectations with your Kids During the Holidays

It’s that time of year again! The holiday season is upon us and we’re about to start shopping for gifts for our kids.

Yes, we want to see their faces lit up with joy when they get that new toy they’ve always wanted, but we also want to make sure we’re not going into major credit card debt to get those smiles.

With the “perfect” gifts, you and your kids may both be smiling in December, but come March when you’re still paying down that debt … you won’t be smiling anymore.

According to Magnify Money, shoppers in the US racked up an average of $1,054 of debt during the holidays and more than half of those surveyed expected it would take at least 3 months to pay it back.

This doesn’t mean we shouldn’t buy anything for our kids. It just means we should do it responsibly.

Here are 5 strategies for getting through the holidays debt-free and managing your kid’s expectations in the process.

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Don’t Time the Market – with Rocky Lalvani

It is so important to evolve and to keep up with the ever-changing world. Because when we’re complacent and stuck in our ways, opportunities, excitement and potential wealth can pass us by.

I’ve invited someone on the show today who lives by this credo and his name is Rocky Lalvani.

Rocky is a life and money coach who has built a multi-million dollar fortune, not from his coaching biz, but from living a life focused on flexibility, frugality, and family.

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I’m not a saver. How do I get motivated?

Our question of the month comes from Chad from Ohio:

Hello Andy,

I know I’m supposed to save, but I just don’t.

I read your blog and hear you talk about saving and it sounds natural for you. I’m not sure I’ve been blessed with the saver’s gene.

Do you have any advice for me to get motivated?

Thanks!

Chad


Thanks for writing in Chad!

I totally get where you’re coming from. Saving, budgeting, investing  … they can be super boring.

I talk to my wife about these topics all the time and I just put her to sleep. In order for me to talk to her about these topics, she requires that I give her a back massage while doing it so she’s at least getting something out of it.

But you didn’t come here to hear my marital bedroom talk … you asked for motivation. And Chad, I’m going to give it ya brother!

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How to Become a Millionaire in your 30’s – Interview 9 (Frank)

When you consistently deliver quality work, it pays.

At least it has for Frank from 8th Great Wonder. He became a millionaire in his 30’s through providing superior work in comparison to his colleagues. When it came to raise time, Frank was considered first.

Check out my interview with Frank on how he capitalized on those pay increases and hit 7-figure status in one of the highest cost of living areas in the US.

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How to Become a Millionaire in your 30’s – Interview 8 (Drew)

This week’s millionaire 30-something interview features Drew the DIY Money Guy!

Drew and his wife are well on their way to multi-millionaire status at the rate they’re going. Check out our interview below and learn how they’ve grown their wealth while raising three young kids. My heroes!

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