Finding Your Why

Since starting the blog, more people have come up to me about the challenges they face when it comes to managing their finances. I’ve heard it all – it’s too hard, too boring, too complicated. Things like saving, investing, or retirement are foreign concepts to a lot of people. I was that way for most of my life. Continue reading

“I Love You, Mama.”

I wrote about last week how the last two years have been the best years of my life. While I do my best to be the best father I can be, nothing can really compare to what my wife has done for our family. She’s been our rock over the past two years taking care of both me and Addie. I’m thankful for every single day that she said Yes to this nerdy, antisocial, and awkward guy.  Continue reading

Two.

This past week was Addie’s 2nd birthday. People aren’t joking when they say that time really does fly when you have a child. I attribute this to the lack of sleep. For the past two years I’ve been walking around in a sleep deprived haze in which one day blends seamlessly to next. Continue reading

Why I’m Mad We Got a Huge Tax Refund

Even though I’m a huge money nerd the thought of doing my own taxes gives me a headache. Our finances were a little more complicated last year with my unemployment and new investments we started with Betterment, Vanguard, and Lending Club. While I’ve heard that programs such as TurboTax makes doing your taxes pretty simple, I’ve never tried it. I figure that paying a tax professional is worth the cost of sorting through all our paperwork. Plus, they more likely will be able to maximize our deductions to limit how much we have to pay. 🙂 Continue reading

Our New (Used) Car

Due to my crappy week I wrote about a few weeks ago, I had to replace my not so trusty Honda CRV.

Previously on Dad is Cheap…
In a previous post I mentioned what I would do when I purchased a new car:

“When the day comes that Handy needs to be replaced, I’ll most likely get a slightly used car from a site like Auto Trader or Craigslist and pay cash for it.”

One horrible incident slightly changed that perspective. Continue reading

Keeping Up.

Hey yo! Today I am honored to have my friend Kayla write the very first guest post on this blog. Kayla is a young professional new to the ways of the working world. I am proud to say that I helped turn her into a fellow Ynabber. She wanted to share her story about how she keeps up financially with her friends. As a new father I don’t really have this problem as I don’t have many friends to speak of. I kid.  Continue reading

Suiting Up.

Earlier this week I wrote a guest post for the blog Debt Roundup, in which I discuss the origin story of Dad is Cheap. If you haven’t done so just yet, please check it out! Special thanks to Grayson at Debt Roundup for featuring me and Chenell at Bright Cents for connecting us!

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Of Credit Cards and Cash Back

I LOVE me some credit cards.

Unless I’m at a place where they only accept cash or there’s a BS credit card fee, I’ll opt to use a credit card for every single purchase. I once had a credit card transaction as low as $0.33.

In the past few years , my wife and I have used over 10 different credit cards. I thought that was a lot until I read this post by J$ about the guy who has 1,497 cards! Now, that doesn’t even make any sense. Continue reading