Sinking Funds: The Secret to a Successful Budget

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.

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Over $100,000 of Debt Destroyed on a Teacher’s Salary – with Allison Baggerly

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.

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With a New Baby, How Do We Prepare Financially?

Our question of the month comes in from Stephen:

Hey Andy!

My wife and I are expecting our first child this year, so it will be a true test on how we work around the new costs we will be accruing. I am on pace to pay off a student loan in 3 years and I don’t want to break that. We max out our 401k and we pay extra on our mortgage and my student loan each month.

I don’t want to lose this momentum we have — we both promised ourselves we would never decrease our 401k contributions because we value investing in our future too much. I guess I’m divulging all of this to ask …

What do you advise so I don’t lose momentum when the baby comes?

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10 Budget Apps That Make Your Personal Finance Goals Easy

There are mobile apps for just about everything nowadays. This includes apps designed to help you improve your personal finances through budgeting.

Using a budget is an excellent way to eliminate debt, save money, and reach your financial goals faster. With new budgeting apps available to download every year, which ones are the best for you and your family to improve your finances?

Here are 10 budgeting apps to that we like.

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How to Increase Your Net Worth by $800,000 in 8 Years

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!

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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.

We were kinda broke.

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Become an Everyday Millionaire for your Family – with Chris Hogan

After interviewing dozens of 30-something millionaires and accomplished multi-millionaires, it is fair to say I’m a little bit interested in the inner workings of a millionaire.

Well today, I have a very special guest who’s going to share the results from the largest and most comprehensive study of millionaires ever done.

Author and National Speaker, Chris Hogan, is joining me today to talk about his new book Everyday Millionaires: How Ordinary People Built Extraordinary Wealth—And How You Can Too.

Who wants to become a millionaire with me?!

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5 Tech-Focused Gift Ideas for a Smart (and fun) Home

The world is changing rapidly. Every day there seems to be a new product or app released that helps us live more efficiently.

These new efficiency-focused advancements have now made their way into our homes. And I’m welcoming them with open arms. The less time I spend on meaningless time-consuming activities, the better my life will be.

Here are 4 gift ideas that will help you stay up with the latest technology trends and make your home more efficient (and fun).

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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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