How “No Spend Challenges” Helped One Woman Eliminate $78,000 of Debt – with Jen Smith

With nearly 80% of Americans living paycheck to paycheck, most of us could use some help with saving a bit more.

Our guest today, Jen Smith, is going to show us how. Jen and her husband paid off $78,000 of debt in just under two years. A huge factor in their success was taking advantage of “No Spend Challenges”.

These challenges encourage you to halt all “personal spending” for a set period of time. This cold turkey approach could be an excellent solution for a large population of our country right now.

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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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Climb Out Of Massive Debt with These 10 Life-Changing Steps

When someone has a large amount of debt, finding a way out can feel impossible. The scattered accounts, the interest rates and the stress of keeping up with the day-to-day expenses of life are enough to drive us crazy.

After interviewing around 100 individuals who have conquered their debt and moved onto building wealth, I’ve learned what it takes to say goodbye to debt forever.

Here are 10 life-changing steps that came up Repeatedly throughout my interviews:

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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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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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If I Could Do It Again – 9 Pieces of Financial Advice For Me in My 20’s

The other day I was emailing with Heath, a listener of the podcast. Heath commented that my show has a family-focused tone to it, but it can really be enjoyed by single guys (like Heath) who don’t quite yet have a family as well. The compliment was extremely appreciated – thank you Heath – and it got me thinking. What advice would I have for myself 10 or so years ago before I met Nicole before I had kids and before I knew anything about money?

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