Turning the Page

I recently had the awesome opportunity to write a guest post for one of my favorite personal finance sites Budgets are Sexy, in which I did a review of my favorite budgeting app YNAB. If you haven’t done so just yet, please check it out! If you’re a new reader as a result of the post, welcome! I hope you enjoy reading the random musings of this cheap dad… Continue reading


I turn 35 on Christmas Eve.

I’d like to dedicate this post to all the Christmas babies. Only you truly understand hearing the phrase, “this is your birthday AND Christmas gift.” It was always tough having a birthday around this time because a lot of people aren’t available in December. I once had a birthday party when I was around 12 in which ONE person showed up. I was so tramatized from that experience that I didn’t have another party until I was 30. Continue reading

Tis the Season to Start Saving for College

With the holidays in full swing Vic has a gift idea for all parents (and/or aunts, uncles, godparents) of little ones. No, it’s nothing as cool as a Playstation 4, iPad Pro, or a Kylo Ren lightsaber. It’s something even better.

It’s the gift of a college education! Continue reading

Confessions of a Stay at Home Dad

Thanks to everyone for their comments, well wishes, and overall support from my previous post about getting laid off. An extra special thanks to Des at Half Banked for featuring my post twice on her blog. Losing your job isn’t easy, but it’s nice knowing that I’m not alone. Quite a few of you have also been laid off at one point and have shared your stories with me. Some even reached out to help me look for work which has been a pleasant, but unexpected side effect of me blogging about my experience. Continue reading

Why I Want My Daughter to Have Less Than I Had Growing Up

When most people talk about what they want to provide for their kids they talk about giving their children what they didn’t have growing up.

I want to do the opposite. I don’t want my daughter to have as much as I had growing up. Continue reading

Our Starter Home is Our Forever Home

I remember when my wife and I first purchased our very first home. After years of renting in a tiny duplex we finally had a place to call our own. I was so proud – I told everyone and showed them pictures of our house. That was when a coworker looked at the picture and said, “That’s a nice starter home!” Thanks for the backhanded compliment guy! We spent years saving up enough money to put 20% down and we should consider this a stepping stone to another house? Which got me thinking. Is our house we have right now not good enough? Should we be working to get an even bigger place in the future?

Nope. I love our home. Continue reading

Our Budgeting Success Since Our Daughter Was Born

Another post about budgeting? Yep. I’m pretty sure I have another 67 posts about how awesome budgets are. Vic is the ultimate budget nerd (who writes in the 3rd person). While having a daughter has increased our expenses, I actually feel richer now that I have a daughter then when it was just me and my wife. It’s all because our family got on a budget. We make decent money, but we’re not millionaires.  I wanted to share how getting on a budget has changed our family.

Since we started budgeting about a year ago we… Continue reading

My Father is My Superhero

I’d like to send a special Father’s Day shout out to the dad, who is my real life superhero. There were so many things he’s done over the course of my life in which I am grateful to being his son. This is one such story. Continue reading

For My Wife.

I’ve only been a parent for one year but I know this – raising a child will be the hardest and most rewarding thing I will ever do. I couldn’t have chosen a better partner to share this experience with than my wife. As much as I loved her before we had Addie, I love her even more that she’s now the mother of our child. Time and time again she has amazed me with how she took to becoming a mother. Continue reading

The Love of My Life Turns One: 12 Things I’ve Learned as a New Dad

I’ll love you forever,
I’ll like you for always,
As long as I’m living
my baby you’ll be.
-Robert Munsch, Love You Forever

My whole world has changed since my daughter Addie was born one year ago. Before I became a father I wasn’t sure if I wanted children of my own. It was a scary thought – I didn’t know if I had it in me to be a good dad. It hasn’t always been easy, but the past 365 days have been the most fulfilling year of my life. This is what I have learned so far as a newbie parent. Continue reading