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Our story of how we have worked the baby steps since May 2011

Our Story of Working the Baby Steps Since May 2011

To get free updates of new posts Click Here Before my wife and I first started out on Dave Ramsey’s plan, we were trying to do many different things at once. We were trying to get out of debt, save, invest for retirement, do discretionary sinking funds, and everything else we could think of all at the same time. I thought that I knew it all and had a plan to work on everything at once and eventually, in 15-20 years time, I would have everything done. I had gone to church and a person I didn’t know at the time […]

How To Cash Flow Emergencies When You Don't Have An Emergency Fund

How To Cash Flow Emergencies With No Emergency Fund

Emergencies happen all the time. Dave Ramsey commonly says “it’s not if they will happen, it’s when”. We know that we have to prepare for unexpected events to come up and rear their ugly head at some point. How do you handle emergencies when they happen? There are people out there that use a credit card as their emergency fund. Heck, for a little while we have done this as we build up ours. I don’t recommend going this route as common sense would ask, “why are you adding more debt during an emergency”? As we build our emergency fund, we are […]

Ways To Save On Your Independence Day Celebration

Tomorrow is the 4th of July here in the USA and a lot of people are going to be celebrating many different ways whether it be a BBQ cookout with friends, baseball games, fireworks in the sky, carnivals, road trips, there are many ways to blow your budget for July. Make sure you don’t take it too far by remembering ways to save that we will talk about here. Have a Potluck If you are going over to someone’s house for a cookout, see if they’d be open to a potluck where everyone brings a side dish, dessert or even […]

How To Make a Budget In 3 Easy Steps

Creating a budget can be a very empowering or scary experience to some people. Too some people, they don’t want that monster to come out of the closet and tell them exactly what they are spending each month. To others, it gives a sense of control where they feel they really are telling their money where to go and giving every dollar a name and a place to march off to with a set of orders. If you’ve ever had a hard time creating a budget, you’ve come to the right place! I have laid out in 3 easy to […]

2 Comments

  1. I love the net worth updates. I do this monthly myself and see myself in you as i get excited for $2 a month increase in principle!!! lol. A couple questions: Do you have a sample budget that you use? Also, have you considered refinancing your mortgage again? Over 4% is still pretty high. You can get a 15 year under 3% and probably wouldn’t change your payment much. Keep up the good work!

    • Hi Susan! Thanks for stopping by. I love watching the interest slowing fade away on the monthly interest! It’s so motivating!

      As far as sample budget, I use google sheets to run my budget. Are you looking for my numbers for that or looking for a spreadsheet you can plug your numbers into?
      On the mortgage, yeah I know we are a little bit high on the mortgage, but we weren’t ready to go down to a 15 year yet because we didn’t have enough equity yet not to have to bring a large sum to the table at closing so we are down to less than 19 years left… we will revisit our mortgage again pretty soon though. Our credit is great since we don’t have anything out there but our mortgage and a Kohl’s card that we don’t use but for the discount… I will have to see about the mortgage again though, thanks for the suggestion!

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