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Three Easy Ways to Save Money

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Earlier this year I launched an experiment to come up with easy ways save money.What do I mean by “easy ways to save money?” Well, anything requiring meaningful change is hard…especially if you’re in a relationship and it’s more than just you changing.People don’t like to change.So, specifically, I set out to see if I could find way ways to save $1000 over the course of a year (in addition to all the other savings we do) WITHOUT making any changes to the lifestyle Andrea and I have grown used…read more

How to take back your time and sanity by automating your money

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A few months ago I was helping a good friend of mine shop for wedding rings. He was marrying another long-time friend of mine and they had the big parts of their wedding handled (venue, date, guest list…) But, they still had some details left to work out, like picking wedding rings.My friend told me what he was looking for, I told him about my ring, and gave him some other ideas. Then just for fun, I sent him an article about a guy who hand-forged his own wedding ring…read more

Answer 1 Question To Find Focus For Your Finances

Posted by in Budgeting, Communication, Debt, Giving, Investing, Saving, Spending, Tools

Andrea and I just got back from a wonderful, much needed vacation. It wasn’t the most relaxing trip, though if I’m honest. There were no drinks with umbrellas in them, cabana boys, or even cabanas. And we certainly didn’t catch up on sleep. Instead, we kicked off the trip by waking up at 3am.Normally, I don’t like waking up early. Even though I’ve been getting up before the buttcrack of dawn for over a decade, it’s still a struggle. Most days the snooze button is my friend. But not this…read more

Personal Finance is Personal: A tale of two bags

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 This September will mark 10 years Andrea and I have known each other. We’ve seen a lot, been through a lot, and done a lot together in that time. So it takes a lot to phase us or surprise us. A few weeks ago, though, something strange happened that caught us both off guard. Without talking about it or coordinating we both bought $300 bags!I figure you’re having one of two reactions. “Oooo, what kind of bag? Tell me more, tell me more, tell me more!” or “What kind of…read more
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