According to this article on CNN, that’s around how much it’s going to cost me to raise Addie until she’s 17. Of course this doesn’t include all the fun stuff like college and when my daughter inevitably comes home after that to mooch from me and my wife for a few years until she gets a real job ;). With another baby on the way in April, we’re looking to spend a cool half million on diapers, formula, clothes, and extracurricular activities on these two little ones. Continue reading
After a long hiatus, I’m back on the keyboard. Didja miss me? Maybe a little bit? 😉
What has gone on in the past few months since I’ve been away? Let me see… Continue reading
I was recently interviewed in My Money Counts in which I discuss my relationship with my wife when it comes to managing our finances. If you haven’t done so, please check it out! Thanks Pamela for featuring me 🙂
In a previous life (i.e. 3 years ago), I couldn’t wrap my head around budgeting. This was coming from a guy who worked in finance and could Index/Match with the best of them. As a number crunching desk jockey I spend my days working in Excel. I had zero desire to create a budget spreadsheet to manage our finances. Continue reading
I’ve been blogging about personal finance and fatherhood for over a year. I started this blog as a way to show people that this money stuff isn’t that complicated. You don’t need to be a doctor or lawyer to save, invest, or even retire early. All you need to do is pay attention. Continue reading
If you didn’t notice by now, I am ALL ABOUT saving and making money whenever I can. I save so that my family can spend on what we value most. Which if you’re not a regular reader to the blog it’s adventures, eating, and making sure Addie has a bright future.
While I’m pretty open to trying anything to save some money, the one thing I can’t get myself to do is couponing. Unless the coupon is right in front of me or is something I can quickly Google for online, I’ll pass. Continue reading
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
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
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
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
You ever have one of those days where one thing after another went wrong?
We had one of those weeks.