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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

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

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

How To Set Goals and Achieve Them

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It happens all the freaking time.The calendar rolls from one year to the next or something else happens, driving us to reflect, get ambitious about our lives, and charge towards better.We want better for ourselves. We want better for our loved ones. We want to leave our mark on the world.We want more freedom, more time, more money, more love, more fun.We want more!We say “enough is enough” and dive head first into the hard work of changing our lives.We wake up early and go to the gym. We trade…read more

Paying off our mortgage with a bunch of rocks

Posted by in Communication, Debt, Tools

If you’ve ever been over to our house you may’ve noticed 2 vases with a bunch of rocks in each. The rocks aren’t there for Feng Shui. The rocks aren’t there as some kind of weird hipster decoration. The rocks are there to help us pay off our mortgage.  No, these are not magic rocks. No, these are not really gold nuggets. No, they’re not diamonds. Just rocks. So how are they helping us pay off our mortgage? We’ll get there in just a minute. I’m fickleEarlier this year I ran…read more

How to Emergency-Proof Your Life

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One Friday a few weeks ago Andrea and I decided to go for a couple’s massage. While waiting in the “Tranquility Room,” a massage-y way of saying waiting room, I couldn’t help but overhear the conversation another couple was having. Maybe it was my brief stint doing Intelligence work for the US government and the CIA guys I knew rubbing off on me, but I just couldn’t tune this couple out. As best as I could figure, the boyfriend/husband had just lost his job or something right before coming in…read more

The Best Way To Pay Off All Your Debt

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When Andrea and I first got married we paid off $62,000 in debt in 7 months.Right here, right now I’m going to walk you through how we did it and you’ll soon realize you can do it, too. You’re going to get EVERYTHING you need to get a grip on your finances and break free from your debts.What would you do if you had an extra $100, $500, or even $1,000+ each month that you DIDN’T have to handover to Sallie Mae or Visa? How much less stress would you…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

What I learned getting lost in Singapore

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Back in the summer of 2006 I spent a few days visiting Singapore, a beautiful, modern city-sized country in southeast Asia. One day, I was wandering around the Little India neighborhood with some friends. It was getting late and we wanted to head back to where we were staying. But first, we wanted to visit a store we’d seen earlier in the day. There was only one problem. We remembered where the store was, but soon realized we had no idea where we were. Not my finest moment.  😳 We were hopelessly…read more

Welcome to Love and Money Matters!

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Hey there, glad you’re here! If you just signed up for the FREE “How to Talk About Money Without Fighting” program, check your email for your first lesson and to confirm your subscription!If not, what are you waiting for?!So, I had this idea. I ran my idea by a couple dozen friends and they assured me the idea wasn’t crazy. But here’s what is crazy. There are tons of personal finance blogs and companies out there telling us how to save, spend, and invest. And there are a lot of…read more