Affording Parenthood.

$233,610.

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

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Allow Me to Reintroduce Myself

After a long hiatus, I’m back on the keyboard. Didja miss me? Maybe a little bit? 😉

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The Lonely Road of Personal Finance

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

How I Travel Hacked 3 Free Round Trip Tickets to Hawaii

A special shout out to Michael The Honeymoon Guy for teaching me the ways of Travel Hacking, in which you sign up for a bunch of travel credit cards to take advantage of the signup bonuses.  He wrote a post on his blog how he helped me figure out how to score my tickets to Hawaii. 🙂 This is my version of the events. 

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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

The Perks of Driving an Older Car

While most of my friends and family are driving fancy new vehicles, I’ve been content driving my thirteen year old car – a 2003 Honda CRV. It has 170,000 miles, faded paint, and a combo CD Player/Tape Deck. The electronic locks stopped working about 20,000 miles ago. Continue reading

5 Things I Wish I Knew When I Graduated

My nephew is graduating high school this year. I was about to write in his card some uncle advice on saving money and creating a budget, but the thoughts in my head became too long winded that I ended up writing a post about it. Besides, what 18 year old is going to remember what’s written in a greeting card anyways? If he’s anything like me when I was his age, he’d just open the card, look for the cash/check/gift card and be done with it. So this one’s for you Abel, the kid that dragged me to the movies and made me watch the classic movie Sharkboy and Lava Girl when he was young. Continue reading