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7 Hidden Costs of Buying A House

Ah, the American dream—to be able to live with life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness. Part of the American Dream has always been owning your own home, but that was set in stone before people were funding their own retirements. For almost all of us, a house is going to be the biggest purchase......Read More
September 17, 2018

Motivation: What Affects it and How to Get Lots More of it

I’ve been studying personal finance—and helping people budget—for the better part of 15 years. In that time, the number one reason that people seem to struggle with their finances is their motivation and mindset. Motivation is one of the biggest hurdles we encounter when we want to reach any goal. We’ve all been there. We......Read More
July 23, 2018

5 Simple Ways to Keep Your Car Feeling Like New (So You’ll Stop Wanting a New One)

Confession. I want a new car. Sometimes that comes in the form of wanting a brand-spanking-new vehicle without any miles on it. Other times I want to simply upgrade to a newer used vehicle. But the more I think about wanting a new car, the more I think about how I don’t want a new car payment. Here are 5 things you can do to keep your car like new and avoid wanting to buy a new one....Read More
June 25, 2018

This is the REAL Meaning of Being Frugal (Hint: It’s Not Depriving Yourself)

When you are trying to get your financial life in order, it is very easy to start pinching pennies. It’s easy to become cheap. It’s way too easy to overcompensate and not spending any money in order to try and control your money. But as I’ve written before, balance is key. If you go from spending money......Read More
June 12, 2018

5 Ways Managing Your Money Well Can Have a Positive Impact Your Career

Have you ever been in a job and felt trapped? Maybe you felt like you were stuck there because you didn’t think there was anything better out there. Maybe you didn’t think you were good enough for a new position. Feelings of bitterness and hopelessness quickly follow those types of feelings. I was stuck in......Read More
June 4, 2018

Burnt Out on Budgeting? 3 Tips to Reset, Refocus, and Regroup

Budget burnout is a very real thing. You get the motivation to make some changes, make some progress for a few months, and then burn out from the effort you’re putting in. After a few months, you feel like spending money and don’t feel like doing anything to track or take care of your finances. What’s worse......Read More
May 28, 2018
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