Life After Dave Ramsey’s Baby Step 7

When I read the Total Money Makeover by Dave Ramsey in 2011, I knew going through all of the 7 baby steps could take quite a while. The book’s structure of saving money, paying off debt and investing was simple and easy to understand, but it definitely had some years attached to it. This was not a “get rich quick book” for sure. Nevertheless, I was intrigued and inspired to follow Dave’s 7 steps and see where it took me and my new family.

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20 Empowering Quotes about Money and Personal Finance

Over the last year on my podcast, I’ve had the pleasure of speaking with a collection of millionaire entrepreneurs, early retirees and personal finance experts. These conversations have allowed me to learn, grow and inspire others to win with their finances and create a better future for their family. After each episode, I share a quote that motivates me and the listeners of the podcast to take action.

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5 Smart Reasons to Have An Emergency Fund

Having an Emergency Fund is one of the first and most important steps in creating wealth. This simple act of saving will protect our families from the unexpected events of life and the dreaded ‘rainy day’.

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The Easiest Way to Build Wealth as a Couple

Hello all! Andy Hill here …  We have a new guest post from personal finance author Elle Martinez from Jumpstart Your Marriage and Your Money. Elle’s mission of helping couples improve their money-smart ways is right up my alley. Her article below gives you the skinny on how couples can truly take advantage of a dual income household. Enjoy!

Two incomes are better than one, right?

Marriage can be a beautiful partnership when spouses combine their gifts, talents, and support. Two incomes for a couple can also be a blessing – if used wisely. Let me explain.

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Budget Your Way to Wealth (Results) & Protect Your Family’s Future

Last month, I threw down a challenge to start living on a monthly budget. This wealth building habit gives a purpose to every dollar you earn so your money doesn’t go wandering off. That is the essence of a zero-based budget. Every dollar gets a job whether it is for spending, saving, giving or investing. 

If you’re married, it is super helpful to have a monthly get together to discuss your family budget. Discussions around where you’re spending money, things you’re saving up for and, most importantly, what are your long-term dreams for your marriage and your family.

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Why More Parents are Getting 529 College Savings Accounts

One sign of hope coming out of the huge student loan crisis lately is that parents are starting to save more for future college expenses. According to Fidelity in 2016, families saving for college has increased from 58% to 72% over the past 10 years. With the cost of college increasing steadily, the more savings we have, the better prepared we’ll all be as parents.

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How to Crush $52,000 in Debt in 7 Months – with Chris Peach

It seems the more we earn, the more we spend. There is always something new to buy, a service we want or an upgrade that is an absolute must-have. We see our neighbor’s new boat. Now, something inside of us “needs” that new boat too! And even if our income isn’t enough to buy it, well that doesn’t stop most of us. We’ll just borrow, put it on credit and go into massive debt trying to maintain a lifestyle that we simply can’t afford. 

What if you broke free from this rat race of life? What would your life be like if you started spending less than you earned? How about if you were able to completely eliminate debt from your life?

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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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MKM Challenge: Budget Your Way to Wealth

It is the first Monday of the month my friends! That means, we’re throwing down another MKM Challenge. For you “personal challenge types” out there (like me), this can be a lot of fun and, if you stick to it, quite rewarding.

Last month, I challenged myself to develop a chore and reward system for my 5-year old daughter, Zoey. The goal was to help Zoey correlate hard work with reward. This way she knows if she really wants something in life that she has the power to make it happen.  

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Transform from Starving Artist to Money Master – with Philip and Julia Olson

I am continually amazed by the amount of talent we have in our world. Designers, creators, entrepreneurs, artists, developers … These are people who push the bounds of what is possible to create a product, service or business that revolutionizes their respective field. While these folks might be masters of their craft, the creative class can sometimes lack the financial know-how to be masters of their money.

Enter Philip and Julia Olson. These two talented theater majors turned dynamic financial gurus developed a company called The Art of Finance that helps the creative class become more intelligent with their money. Philip and Julia help their clients to realize that being a starving artist is just no way to live. They advise their creative clients on areas like debt elimination, budgeting and investing so they can do what they love while earning the money they deserve.

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