Have I Committed to Too Many Kids’ Activities?

Our second question of the month comes in from Allison from Missouri:


Hi, Andy!

You’ve said that Nicole keeps you balanced with actually living life while still trying to reach your financial goals. How do you balance kids’ activities and optional expenses?

My kids are 4 and 1, and we have just started to branch out into formal activities like swimming lessons and gymnastics classes. I know that parents can go nuts with fun and enriching activities and kid events, easily spending hundreds of dollars a month. I’m not interested in being a tightly scheduled family or spending tons of money on activities, but I also don’t want to lean too far into “living in a cardboard box” territory. I’d love to hear your perspective on how your family balances kids’ activities and expenses.

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10 Reasons We Love Our Vitamix

Nicole and I were strolling through Costco a few years ago when we came across the Vitamix demonstration table. After hearing such great things about this revolutionary blender from friends and family, we decided to check it out. The demo was hosted by a dude with a headset speaking to the crowd like he was leading a ball toss game at a carnival. “Step right up and try this amazing mango-spinach-banana juice!” After trying the juice and watching his demonstration a little while longer, we decided we’d splurge for the Vitamix 6300.

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21 Inexpensive (or Free) Ways to Entertain Young Kids this Winter

Will this winter ever end?! 

I don’t know why I’m surprised at how long this winter has lasted. I’ve lived in Michigan for over 25 years now. You think I’d be used to it. This is just the time of year I go a little stir crazy! 

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4 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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