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The Power Of Dividends & Time

The other day I decided to check in on one of my favorite things, my Phillip Morris (Altria) stock (MO). When I was younger, I used to think that I would just invest all my money into dividend producing stocks and I would be rich. But, because of dumb financial mistakes and bills, I ended up cashing out almost all of my investments. I did, however, leave myself one share of one stock just to see what it would do over time though. And that one stock ended up being Phillip Morris (MO). I have held one share of MO […]

10 Household Budget Mistakes To Avoid

Formulating a household budget is important to put the family finances in order. Though, there’s no such formula for creating an ideal household budget, there are some basic strategies which can help you create a proper monthly spending plan. Remember, your budget should be ambitious, but realistic. At first, start with paper and pen to compose a budget according to your lifestyle. It will help you to become familiarized with your income and expenses. Gradually, consider using a spreadsheet program for easy updating. Though, the whole task is not so easy, you need to understand that the key to making […]

Financial Challenges To Try Out

There are a ton of financial challenges out there. Today, I am going to feature a few that I feel would be great for you to look at and possibly try. Challenges are great and allow for us to focus for a certain amount of time on a goal. I don’t think that going through these is ever going to result in someone being worse off then when they started. Take a look through the list and make sure to click over to get more info from the websites I’ve linked. I would love to know if you’ve taken these […]

The Many Customer Types You Meet In Retail

Working in a customer facing environment where you are taking people’s money while conversing with them, you get to meet all kinds of people. This past week has really opened my eyes to all the different people out there that are really having some struggles, whether self inflicted or just going through a rough patch, or just starting out.

7 Characteristics Millionaires Share

What do millionaires have in common? This question really is key to understanding wealth building. If we want to become wealthy we should study the habits of those who have achieved financial freedom. How do we do this? We turn to the experts who have studied the habits of millionaires and share with us how to build wealth. Which brings me to this book The Millionaire Next Door which is a great read. It is also available as an audiobook. In The Millionaire Next Door, by Thomas Stanley and William Danko, we read that the authors spent 20 years interviewing millionaires. The authors […]

We get paid for bringing value to the marketplace. It takes time to bring value to the marketplace, but we get paid for the value, not the time.

To get free updates of new posts Click Here One of the biggest things that I try to do here at MyFamilyOnABudget.com is try to create value by sharing stories from my experience, sharing information I’ve learned, and also by trying to motivate you to learn to get out of debt and build wealth so that you can free yourself from the bondage of debt. I think this quote is huge. If you have ever been contemplating starting your own blog or other type of business, this has got to be one of the biggest foundational messages that you have […]

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  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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