I’m debt free. Now what?

Our first question of the month is from Brian from Michigan:

Hi!

After reading one of your millionaire interviews, I found your debt freedom story and your path sounds like mine.

My wife and I have gotten serious about paying off our debt after we learned she was pregnant 6 months ago. We are now nearing the debt-free finish line. Only two more months to go and we’ll be student debt free, car debt free and credit card debt free … really all debt free outside of our mortgage.

All in all, we’ll have about $600 extra each month when we’re done. Outside of going on a weekend getaway to celebrate (no drinking because of the baby *snap*), we want to keep building wealth. Any suggestions for the extra cash each month that will keep moving us forward?

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How to Become a Millionaire in Your 30’s – Interview 4 (Consistency)

Wouldn’t it be such an amazing accomplishment to become a millionaire before the age of 40?

One of the listeners of the Marriage, Kids and Money Podcast is marching toward that 7-figure status and she wants to share how she’s getting there.

As I’ve mentioned in the past, some of our young millionaires prefer to stay anonymous so they feel comfortable sharing ALL of the juicy details to help you win.

Here’s Mrs. Anonymous from the Midwest to share how she’s helping her family grow wealth and reach millionaire status!

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Should I Pay Off My Mortgage or Invest?

Our question of the month comes in from Luke from Indiana:


Hey Andy,

I was reading on your blog that you recently paid off your mortgage early. Congratulations!

I’m a Dave Ramsey guy like you and we’re getting close to baby step 6. I’m considering going heavy into paying off my mortgage like you did, but I’m also thinking it might be smarter for me to invest more for my retirement or just simply invest in the market. I also know market returns are unpredictable and we’re near all-time highs.

I have a 15-year mortgage at around 4% and the principal sits around $200,000. My wife and I are both working – we like what we do and combined we make around $200,000 per year. I feel like we could throw $50k per year at the mortgage and we’d be done in 4 years or less.

That could also be a good amount to throw at our retirement each year too.

What would you suggest for us? Should we pay off our mortgage or invest the money?

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Do I Really Need a Financial Advisor? – with Joe Saul-Sehy

Taking advantage of the stock market is an incredible way to build wealth for your family. By investing in the market, you are forcing your money to work for you. Your money starts to make you more money!

But … Where do we start?

Can we do this ourselves?

Should we turn to a financial advisor?

How do I know a good advisor from one that’s just trying to sell me financial products that only benefit them?

Our guest today, Joe Saul-Sehy is going to help us with this exact conundrum.

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Why I Did A 401k Rollover After Leaving My Job (and How I Did It)

In 2014, my wife Nicole and I both started new careers. She moved from corporate recruiting into the role of Stay-at-Home Mom when our son Calvin was born. I moved to a new marketing agency to advance my career in account management.

After Nicole and I partnered together to pay off all of our debt, this single income life was something we were prepared for. It wasn’t an easy financial change, but it was completely worth it in our opinion.

With those new role changes we not only left old jobs behind, but we also left old 401k accounts behind as well. Since we both had been at our previous jobs for a while, the idea of rolling over our 401k accounts was new to us. We heard that we were definitely “supposed to” do the rollover immediately, but we didn’t really know why.

Following the “supposed to” advice, I decided to move forward with rolling over both of our 401k accounts into IRAs.

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7 Money-Smart Ways to Spend Your Tax Return

So you got a big tax return?! Sweet! What an awesome feeling!

The big question is … What should you do with this unexpected money now at your disposal?

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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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Smart Retirement Investing the Vanguard Way – with Maria Bruno

For decades, Vanguard has been a trusted name in the investment community. In this financial blogger world that I’ve entered into recently, it’s a resounding theme that Vanguard is the way to go when it comes to investing for your retirement. Billionaire Warren Buffett thinks Vanguard is an excellent choice. Personal Development Coach, Tony Robbins wrote a book called MONEY: Master the Game where he praises Vanguard for being the only recommendation for many of the billionaires he interviews.

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