That’s what the financial journey is all about. We’re not always hitting big wins all the time. There are a lot of mistakes, but those mistakes can sometimes be the biggest lessons and help us learn a lot.
And then there are mistakes that just really suck and you don’t learn anything from them!
Here are 5 major money mistakes I’ve made in my life. Hopefully, by sharing these money mistakes, it’ll help you avoid them in the future.
Americans are currently carrying $1.5 trillion worth of student loan debt. That number reflects a monumental financial burden and a serious emotional one too. Many people find themselves battling poor sleep and anxiety while feeling trapped by their debt. Fortunately, some people have conquered their debt, offering hope for the rest of us.
Today, Andy chats with Okeoma Moronu, a corporate finance attorney who also is the host of The Happy Lawyer Project and the author of the new book series called Money Monsters. She and her husband were once buried under a massive mountain of student loan, and they’ve successfully found their way out.
We’ll explore how they accumulated their debt, strategies they used to combat debt, and advice she has for other families carrying debt. Here’s her story of how her family paid off over $300,000 in student loans.
Our question of the month comes in from Wes from Virginia:
I’ve been married for 5 years and have a 2 ½-year-old daughter.
My wife and I have paid off $40,000 in debt but we still have $100,000 in student loans to go.
I want to find a side hustle to help us accelerate our debt pay off, but with my responsibilities at home, I’m looking for a work-at-home opportunity that pays $30 or more per hour to be worth my time to spend away from my family.
I’m willing to put in a little work upfront to learn some new skills and even open up a new business if needed.
I wanted to know your opinion on where I should focus my efforts. Thank you for your time and keep up the good work!
Our first question of the month comes in from Julie. Well, it’s really a half question/half statement but nevertheless, here we go …
Try this on: $92,000 income family with one baby.
We live in a crummy small 2 bedroom rental with poor heat and cracks in the walls. It’s on the edge of the city, the best balance of travel time to work vs price we could find.
My field (international aid/development) is generally in major cities and we like our secure jobs so not ideal to leave.
My round trip to work is 1.5hrs with driving our baby to daycare then transiting myself to work. If I transit all the way, it’s 2.5 hrs each way. If I drive all the way it’s $300+ in parking/month. There is no transit to my husband’s work so we need 2 cars.
Meg from Missouri wrote in about 529 plans and her generous in-laws:
I recently discovered your podcast and am really enjoying it. I have a 529 question that I am having trouble finding the answer to. My husband and I have a 5-year-old, 3-year-old, and 1 year old. My in-laws have been wonderful and opened 529 plans for each of our kids on their 1st birthday. They contribute $600/year to each child. We are beyond lucky to have such a generous family. My husband has finally finished his medical training. We have purchased a home and are now able to start contributing to the 529 plans.
My question is … Can a child have more than one 529 plan? We live in Missouri. Our in-laws opened 529 plans that are not associated with our state of residence. Can we open 529 plans that would allow us to take advantage of tax benefits for the state of Missouri or can a child only have one plan?
Our question of the month comes from Joe from South Dakota:
Like you, I have a young family (wife + 2 young kids), a house, and a blessed life. However, I do have a mountain of student debt (~200,000) that I have accumulated through a doctorate in Chiropractic that creates considerable stress in our little world.
According to Student Loan Hero, the average student debt for 2017 graduates is close to $40,000. And our nation’s total student debt is now hovering around $1.5 TRILLION!
I want to do everything in my power to protect my kids from this colossal disaster.
To help calm my nerves, I’ve invited Pam Andrews on the show today. We’re gonna chat about how she helped her son earn $700,000 in college scholarships. Pam’s son can now attend college and graduate completely debt free … and then some.
Abby Chao is the Co-Founder of CollegeBacker. She and her company are on a mission to make saving for college easy with the magical 529 account.
Abby and I met a dinner in Dallas in October. Her enthusiasm for combating the $1.4 trillion student loan crisis in our country was inspiring. I had to bring her on the show so you all could be inspired too.
Evidently, 70% of families in the US are not aware of the incredible benefits of the 529. We’re going to help with that today.
From the expo floor of FinCon17, I’m speaking with Award Winning Personal Finance Author Erin Lowry about her new book Broke Millennial. Her goal is to help young adults to stop acting rich and get their financial life together.
One of the major topics in the book is getting financially naked with your partner before marriage. Given the importance of this crucial money conversation, Erin and I intently focus on that topic during our chat today.