Dave Ramsey’s 7 Baby Steps: Step 2 – Pay Off All Debt Using The Debt Snowball

In my last post in the 7 Baby Steps series, we looked at Baby Step 1, saving up an emergency fund of $1000. You save up that baby emergency fund in order to insure yourself against the risk of life's little emergencies that have a way of popping up at the least opportune time.   If you don't save up that money as an insurance policy, you can be assured that your plan to get out of debt will be set … [Read more...]

Cheap vs. Frugal and How Not To Be A Cheapskate

Sometimes, people consider themselves frugal, when in reality they’re just cheap. If you’ve watched shows like Extreme Cheapskates or Extreme Couponers, you know the ones I’m talking about — they’ll go on and on about how they like to save money. They’ll do almost anything just to save a dollar or two. There is a huge difference in the terms cheap and frugal, but how can you tell which one you … [Read more...]

How to Improve Your Life by Tracking Every Tiny Business Expense

Improving your life as a small business owner starts by making small but positive changes. There are so many aspects of our lives that need to be taken care of: health, financial, social, personal and business. Some days it can feel overwhelming trying to balance everything and still find enjoyment in your work. One of the aspects I’ve learned to successfully control is business finances, and … [Read more...]

Dave Ramsey’s 7 Baby Steps: Step 3 – 3 To 6 Months Of Expenses In Savings

Last time we looked at Baby Step 2, paying off all your debt using the debt snowball. You take your bills, put them in order from smallest amount to largest amount, and proceed to pay them off one by one, snowballing the amounts until the debts are gone! Baby Step 3 – 3 To 6 Months Of Expenses In Savings In baby step 1 we built up a $1000 emergency fund in order to protect us from life's … [Read more...]

6 Ways To Get Your Partner On Board With Personal Finance

Did you know that many money arguments aren’t really about money at all? Instead, they’re mostly due to lack of communication and being on the same page. If you are on a personal finance journey with a significant other, it can be hard to convince them to join in if they aren’t used to the concept. Here’s how to get your partner on board with personal finance, without fighting.6 Ways To Get Your … [Read more...]

FreshBooks Review 2018: Try Cloud Accounting Software Free for 60 Days

No matter what type of business you’ve built it’s vital you find accounting software that keeps tracks of your business income and expenses. And that’s where FreshBooks comes in! Over the years, FreshBooks has offered many different iterations of their software. The great thing though is that compared to other complicated accounting programs (like QuickBooks or Xero) FreshBooks offers a … [Read more...]

M1 Finance Review: The Fee Free Robo-Advisor

As a long term investor, I do everything I can to ensure that my returns are as high as possible over the long haul. What sort of things am I doing to ensure that I come out ahead? I'm doing my best to keep my investments diversified, and keeping the costs for my investing low. Typically people can see fees, commissions, expense ratios and account costs eat into their end returns, and it doesn't … [Read more...]

July and August 2018 Blog Income Reports

Believe it or not, I started this blog back in 2010, which means I’ve kept this thing going for over 8 years now! Sheesh! That’s crazy! You might think that by now I’ve covered everything that can possibly be written about in the area of personal finance, but as I continue to learn and grow – both in my exploration of finance and my journey through life (marriage, divorce, … [Read more...]

How to Make Money With Affiliate Marketing and Amazon (Without a Blog)

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Amazon Influencers. All opinions are 100% mine. Can you really make money with affiliate marketing without a blog? Yes! And there are actually a lot of options to do so. Affiliate marketing is basically a referral program that allows you to recommend certain products, tools, or software, and earn a commission from anyone who buys using your … [Read more...]

Watch Out for Interest-Only Home Loans

Now that the economy has picked up some, the housing market is recovering a little, and memories of the financial crisis are fading, some lenders are re-introducing a few “creative” financing methods. It’s possible to get an interest-only mortgage again, or get a loan with a low, low rate at the beginning. An interest-only loan is tempting because the borrower only pays the … [Read more...]

Why I’d Rather Pay $10,000 to Unload My House Than Become a Landlord

There are people out there who are made to be landlords. They like the idea of having someone else pay the mortgage on a home or apartment building and enjoying the ability to build equity on the property without using their own money. Once the property is paid off, the monthly rent is income (offset by the cost of taxes, insurance, and keeping the property up). I totally get why some people love … [Read more...]

What Do You Do With Your Savings?

One of the basic pieces of advice that we are often given about money is to save more. But where do you put that money? And what should you do with it? Create Goals for Your Savings While saving money just to save money does make sense in some ways, the reality is that few of us are willing to keep doing something “just because.” As a result, it makes sense to carefully consider your … [Read more...]

Who Do You Trust For Money Advice?

For many of us, it’s difficult to know what to do when it comes to our finances. There are so many decisions to make. While the basic “live within your means” advice can apply, the reality is that there is more to money management than making sure that your expenses are smaller than your income. What do you do to save for retirement? What’s the best course of action when … [Read more...]

3 Signs You Need Help with Your Debt

One of the most difficult issues to overcome is debt. If you have a lot of debt, it can be difficult to move forward with your finances. The interest payments suck away your disposable income, and once you are stuck in the cycle, it can take serious effort to get out. In some cases, you might even need help dealing with your debt. You can get help from a legitimate counselor with the National … [Read more...]

How To Avoid Falling Into A Bad Credit Score

Building good credit is a years-long process, while destroying credit only takes a few bad decisions. With this in mind, it’s important for new credit users to avoid the many mistakes which lead to bad credit scores. Too often it seems inexperienced credit cardholders underestimate the ease through which bad credit can be acquired. For these folks – the young ones especially – we … [Read more...]

Ways To Pay For College Without Breaking The Bank

Going to college can be stressful in so many ways. If you are just getting out of high school, you are being pushed into the real world on your own. Your responsibilities just increased ten-fold. You now have to get yourself to class everyday, do your homework, study for tests, and maybe even work. As if that is not enough, you also have to worry about how you are going to pay for college. If you … [Read more...]

How To Recover After Bankruptcy

For the most part, bankruptcy should be the action of last resort when it comes to your money issues. However, there are times when bankruptcy really is the last option you have left. If you have experienced a long-term employment problem, or if you have had a medical problem that causes you financial distress, bankruptcy might be your last option. Once you have filed for bankruptcy, however, it … [Read more...]

Is A Zero Based Budget Right For You?

One of the budgeting techniques that has gained some popularity in recent years is the zero based budget. In this budget, you make sure that every dollar is accounted for at the beginning of the month. You look at what you expect to get in terms of a paycheck, and then use every penny to pay bills, or accomplish your goals. As part of your budget, you decide what will go to debt reduction, or to … [Read more...]

Should You Sell Unwanted Gifts?

Note: This is a post from Joan Otto, Man Vs. Debt community manager. Read more about Joan.One of our readers shared the following story and question with me, and gave me permission to share it here:I’m trying to downsize and get rid of my crap to pay off my debt.  I also don’t like clutter so I want to get rid of my stuff so my family of 3 can comfortably fit into 1100 square feet. But … [Read more...]

4 Personal-Finance Lessons From NASCAR

Note: This is a post from Joan Otto, Man Vs. Debt community manager. Read more about Joan.For those of you who didn’t spend Sunday watching the Daytona 500 – and bemoaning its 6.5-hour rain delay and multiple 8-car-plus crashes – well… you have my sympathy. (And my apologies, because you probably aren’t going to like today’s post if you’re not a NASCAR … [Read more...]

You Don’t Need That MBA Degree: Continuing Thoughts on Higher Education

This is a guest post by Mariana Zanetti, who earned her MBA degree from one of Europe’s top business schools and has more than 12 years of international marketing experience in three countries. She is the author of The MBA Bubble and shared this post in response to an earlier Man Vs. Debt post by Joan titled Do You Really Need That Master’s Degree? When my Harvard MBA colleague told me … [Read more...]

Taxing Decisions: Joan’s Mid-March Financial Update

Image courtesy of our friend PT of PT Money (www.ptmoney.com) Note: This is a post from Joan Otto, Man Vs. Debt community manager. Read more about Joan.Tax season is hitting full-force here in the US! Our taxes have been done since early February, thanks to my own OCD record-keeping and our accountant’s desire to get us in and out as early as possible each year, what with our 80 streams of … [Read more...]

The Great Pile of Unread Books

Note: This is a post from Joan Otto, Man Vs. Debt community manager. Read more about Joan.I love to read.It doesn’t really matter what it is – barring anything else handy, I’d happily read the back of a cereal box at breakfast – but since I was about 3 years old, I’ve rarely been without a pile of books in progress.In January, I set a goal on Goodreads to finish 75 … [Read more...]

Julian’s Success Story: How Going $42,000 in Debt was the Greatest Decision I’ve Ever Made

Julian Hayes II is a fitness and lifestyle coach and writer based out of Nashville, Tennessee. He is the creator of 206 Fitness. Why 206? Not only is 206 one of his nicknames, but there are also 206 bones in the body. He believes anyone can achieve the body they’ve always wanted while still living a fun and adventurous life. Read more about him and download his free ebook on how to achieve the … [Read more...]