What is the worst financial decision that you’ve ever made? We actually financed dishes at 25% interest to get a “free” vacation once. Read the story here.
We got a good chunk of money put away into savings this month getting us much closer to our Fully Funded Emergency Fund of 6 months! We also moved our investments around and ended up taking a hit on that getting things started up after rolling over a 401k into an IRA.
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 […]
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 […]
So, here we are. Two months in, just over 60 days. My weight loss journey has been rather successful so far. I’ve learned to eat in a whole new way from using better portion control to giving up red meat. I’ve started exercising and learned how to overcome trials when they arise and not to overdo it when trying to make the most of my sessions. I’ve tried to continue to stay active even in a time when it’s hard to get out and exercise. And those darn exercise rings, they are just too tempting. My Progress So Far Here is […]
When was the last time that you created a budget? What was the experience like? Do you still budget month to month? Everyone has their own opinions about the dreaded “B” word. Yes, I’m talking about the budget. Depending on who you talk to, some people might shudder at the very word or thought. Others open up and you can tell that they feel freer than ever. They feel the budget helps them stay accountable and helps them get control of other aspects of their life as well. Why is this? What is it that gives people horrible memories about […]
Father’s Day was great! We got to see a lot of family, spend time with our dad’s and get to do something special as a family. I hope you had a great Father’s Day as well. I thought I would just take some time to share what we did! Saturday Morning – Errands Saturday morning was all about getting some loose ends tightened up. I had to get the tires rotated and stopped by our church to drop off some cookies for a memorial that was going on there. While stopping in, I found out that the church’s sound computer […]
Cutting costs to some simple things in your life can really help save money in the long run. Check out these simple things I’ve given up to save money.
This has to be my absolutely favorite Dave Ramsey quote due to the fact that it’s what changed our family tree and took us from a negative net worth to a positive one and grows it for us every month as we go forward. Actually, there is a little more to the quote then this as well. Dave goes on to say, “Nothing happens without focus, so when you try to do six things at once, nothing seems to happen. You can’t get out of debt and fund retirement adequately and fund the emergency fund. When you attack one thing and […]
We all know that we should have some savings on hand in order to give ourselves margin and put a gap between us and our problems. The bigger our emergency fund, the better prepared we are if something is to happen that is not budgeted for and can’t wait to be put into the budget. Emergencies include, but are not limited to: Furnace going out in the dead of winter Having to fix your car because something went wrong like the transmission went out The roof starts leaking Emergency visit to the hospital These are things that happen, but we […]