How to Create Your Family Will in 6 Easy Steps

A few years ago, Nicole and I finally completed our family will.  We procrastinated for the better part of two years because we were binge-watching Game of Thrones and House of Cards. Excuses yes, but these are some epic shows!

Nevertheless, (GAME OF THRONES SPOILER ALERT!) when Jon Snow ended The Mother of Dragon’s reign early, it was a wake-up call that life is short! Thanks to Jon’s rage (and the fact that we love each and want to take care of our kids), we got that family will completed right away.  

To show you that this very important task can be easily done, I’ve listed out the 6 steps that Nicole and I followed to get the family will prepared, signed and stored.  

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Stop Money Fights Before They Start – with Adam Kol

When the topic of finances comes up in the conversations that you and your partner have, do you brace yourself for money fights? Some people think the solution is to simply avoid the topic of money. That approach is problematic, too. What if there were effective strategies you could use to end money fights now? 

I asked an expert how to do exactly that.

Whether you’re newlyweds, celebrating a milestone anniversary, or somewhere in between, this conversation is for you. In fact, it’s for anyone looking to start a money conversation without fighting.

Adam Kol is a couples financial counselor at AHK Coaching. He helps couples improve their relationships with money and with each other. His goal is to prevent marriage fights and help you experience more peace and love together. With a decade of experience as a financial advisor, tax attorney, communication coach, and certified mediator, Adam knows a thing or two about having productive conversations. 

Take a listen to see how you can stop fighting over money and tackle your goals together today!

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Honeyfi Review 2020 | Budgeting App For Couples

Every relationship usually has a  “spender” and a “saver.” While the old adage says that “opposites attract,” different personalities can make budgeting harder than it needs to be. 

Honeyfi can blend each of your unique money habits into one simple app in a way that both of you agree on, even if your partner would rather eat brussel sprouts than stick to a spending plan.

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Zeta Review 2020 | Personal Finance Budgeting App for Couples

Learning how to manage money as a couple is one of the biggest hurdles you’ll face. A study by TD Bank found that nearly 40% of couples between the ages of 23 and 38 fight about money at least once a week.

Once a week! That’s 52 fights a year you could avoid by learning to manage money better as a couple. 

That’s where the Zeta: Couples Finance app comes in. It’s a free budgeting tool designed for couples. Keep reading this Zeta review to find out if it’s right for you and your partner.

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26 Smart Ways Parents Can Save Money on Daycare

Raising kids is one of life’s greatest joys. It’s also one of the most expensive. Think about how much you fork over for the cost of daycare every month and you’ll know what I mean. With rising prices, it’s getting more and more difficult to find ways to save on daycare. 

A study by Care.com found that almost half of families in the US are spending at least 15% of their income on childcare costs. But what’s interesting is that the US government defines “affordable care” as 7% or less of household income.

So how can you save on daycare to make it more affordable? It depends on where you live, whether you have family nearby, and how old your kids are. 

Saving money on daycare is possible. Here’s how to do it.

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How Being Honest in my Marriage Helped us Pay Off $61,000 of Debt – with Michael Lacy

Being in debt can cause mental stress, physical stress and marital stress.

Michael Lacy and his wife Taylor were under marital stress when their debt caused them more problems than they were prepared for. After some honest discussions and hardcore planning, they managed to pay off all their debt and come out stronger as a couple.

Michael now helps other couples find common ground and work together on their finances through Winning to Wealth and podcast Wealthy Neighbors.

Today, we talk about how they first accumulated $61,000 of consumer debt, how they worked through their marital problems and what they’re doing with their money now that they are debt-free.

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The Top 3 Reasons Marriages End (And How to Prevent It) – with Kimberly Holmes

One of the most important decisions anyone can make is who you choose to spend your life with. Marriage impacts us emotionally, socially, legally, financially, and in so many other ways.

While the divorce rate in America is dropping, so is the marriage rate. That means married couples understand marriage is important, we might not know exactly where to turn for good advice.

Today, I sat down with Kimberly Holmes, the CEO of Marriage Helper, to learn more about the reasons why marriages end and what couples can do to save them. Kimberly explores three broad categories of marriage trouble, details some of the warning signs, and outlines steps that we can take today to be better partners tomorrow. 

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How to Create Your Budget in Mint (for Free) in 10 Simple Steps

If you want to improve your financial situation, developing and living on a budget definitely helps. By doing this, you are creating a detailed map that will guide you to financial freedom.

Mint is our family’s budgeting software of choice. We’ve done some incredible things with Mint:

We are so proud of the progress we’ve made. We attribute this success to working together and staying on a monthly budget with Mint.

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Why I’m a Family Man with a Business (And Not a Businessman with a Family) – with Jon Vroman

A lot of us are hard-charging employees, side hustlers, or business owners who are looking to grow, get that promotion, or just make more money. But we can’t forget the most important people in our lives: our spouses and our children.

Today, we’re going to talk about how we can practice putting family first and how it’ll help us be even more successful in our financial lives.

Jon Vroman is my guest today. He’s married to his wife Tatyana and he’s a father to two energetic and playful boys, Tiger and Ocean, and they live in Austin, Texas.

Jon is a bestselling author and the founder of a global network of men at Front Row Dads. They believe in being family men with businesses, not businessmen with families.

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How I Paid For My $40,000 Wedding Without Debt – with Stefanie O’Connell Rodriguez

With many lending companies offering convenient (yet high interest) wedding loans these days, it can be tempting to borrow money to have your ideal wedding day. After all, the average cost for a wedding is around $35,000. That’s a lot of money.

The unfortunate thing with borrowing is that debt follows us into the first days of our marriages. And with money fights being one of the top reasons for divorce, starting off with 5-figures of wedding debt might not be an ideal starting place for this lifelong partnership. 

Today, I’ve invited someone on the show who’s not only experienced the emotional and financial hardships of debt, but she figured out how to combat it and eventually pay for her $40,000 wedding in cash. 

Stefanie O’Connell Rodriguez is my guest today. Stefanie is a nationally recognized millennial money expert and author of the book, The Broke and Beautiful Life. Stefanie’s work & advice has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, USA Today, Cosmopolitan, Glamour and Oprah Magazine.

Stefanie lives in New York City with her brand new husband. 

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