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"9 Ways to Take Your Budget to the Next Level" Course

Take your budget to the next level with this email course. You’ll get 9 tips to level up your budget and clear next steps to take so you can take action today!

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Why Budget First?

The Atypical Finance Tree

Budgeting is the root of your financial tree. If the roots are strong, your tree will grow strong and big.

Budget well, and you’ll know how much you can spend, save, invest, give, and put toward debt. Budget is connected to every other area of finance.

The Atypical Finance Tree


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Budgeting is the roots of the rest of your financial tree. If your roots are strong, they will be able to anchor and resource every other area of your financial life. All of these articles show you how to budget well and in a way that works for you.


Money Advice

Everything from career and debt tips all the way to tips on spending and saving. Here are practical and impactful articles for managing your money intentionally and in a way that will work for you.


Motivation and Mindset are a HUGE part of personal finance. If you’re not motivated, you might not even touch your finances. Here are articles to help you get motivated, stay motivated, and reach your goals faster than ever.

Let me personally guide you on how to build your budget and strengthen your roots.

After we’re done, you’ll have a budget that reflects who you are, is easy to maintain, and will skyrocket you toward your life goals.

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Latest Blog Posts

4 Ways to Actually Save Money on Black Friday

With the Thanksgiving this week, and Black Friday as well, I wanted to publish this post on Wednesday rather than the usual Friday publishing time. Here are some “Don’ts” to help you save some REAL money this Black Friday. Have a very happy Thanksgiving!

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9 Brilliant Ways to Save Money on Your Heating Bill This Winter

It’s that time of year again in Chicago! We’ve already had a more winter-like Autumn with a couple of days where it got down below 30 degrees at night.

This time of year, many places in the U.S. are starting to get pretty cold, which means almost everyone is trying to figure out ways to save money on their heating bill. Even places like Florida, Texas and other more southern states can get pretty cold once the winter months hit.

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Budgeting: The Roots of Your Financial Tree (and New Logo!)

Last week I just released a new logo for my blog, Atypical Finance. I’ve been super excited to share it with everyone and I’m glad it’s finally out in the wild. So why did I feel like it needed a facelift? In short, Atypical Finance has changed so much over the course of the past 3 years of its existence. The brand has grown, I’ve grown, and it was time to match all that up in a logo and core beliefs. Here’s the logo. What does it mean for you and for the site? Being Atypical The “Atypical” in Atypical

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9 Smart Home Gadgets to Invest In

Hey y’all! Since I just bought a home, I wanted to try something a little different this week. I’ve got a fun guest post on home gadgets written by Angela Pearse. Angela is a blogger for Zumper who frequently combines travel with freelance writing. She’s passionate about Art Deco hotels, historical novels, Netflix, hiking and healthy living. Since this is a little bit of a different format, let me know your thoughts in the comments if you’d like to see fun posts like this in the future! Here it is! Every now and then, we think of adding appliances or upgrading

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Here's how often you should look at your budget.

Here’s How Often You Should Look at Your Budget

How often do you look at your budget? I’m not just talking about looking at it with your eyes only, but really looking at it. My wife and I recently bought a new house, and because of that, I’ve had to pay a lot closer attention to my budget than I have been as of late. Some reasons for that are: Getting a new house costs a lot of money. We were really paying attention to how much of our money was going out so we could make sure we had enough to close on our house. We fixed up our

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7 Hidden Costs of Buying a House Featured

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 we make. Even in lower-cost areas, a decent home can go for around $150,000.  The nice thing about owning a home—and part of the reason why it’s always been part of the American Dream—is because you’re no longer giving someone else money to live in

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"9 Ways to Take Your Budget to the Next Level" Course

Take your budget to the next level with this email course. You’ll get 9 tips to level up your budget and clear next steps to take so you can take action today!

Where should I send the course?