Don’t Let Honey Boo Boo’s Mom Show You Up

By |January 10th, 2013|Categories: Blog, Personal Finance Tips|Tags: , , |

We are just over a week into 2013 and tomorrow might be your first paycheck of the new year. If you didn't get a raise then it might be smaller than you are used to because taxes have gone up. That's what happens when you live in a country that believes the government should continue to grow and it should

Saving Money Takes Motivation

By |October 15th, 2012|Categories: Blog, Personal Finance Tips|Tags: , , , |

I've been writing about personal finance for over two years now. I've been running numbers, finding out the smartest ways to pay down debt. On multiple occasions I've identified places where I spend too much money (like on eating out). And in many instances I've recognized a problem and done nothing about it. Why worry about spending too much money

I Spend Less than 50% of My Pretax Income

By |August 2nd, 2012|Categories: Blog, Life|Tags: , |

As I was updating my net worth this month I realized that my net worth has increased over $31,000 in the past 12 months. Wow! That's over $2,500 a month. And we're talking after tax here. I paid $10,069 in federal income taxes, $3,119 in Social Security and $1,077 in Medicare taxes in 2011. That's another $14,265 I made but

To Make Money Honestly is the Highest of Virtues

By |May 8th, 2012|Categories: Blog, Economics / Politics|Tags: , , , |

I was a General Business major during the first semester of my freshman year of college. At one point during that semester I thought to myself, "40 years from now, I don't want to look back on my life and say 'I made a bunch of money'. I want to say I helped people and made a difference." I changed

My “Motivation” Playlist

By |March 1st, 2012|Categories: Blog, Life|Tags: , |

The right song at the right time can completely alter the direction of my day. Some songs make me just want to lay down and take a nap. Others make me want to cry. Some make me laugh, and some help me learn about personal finance. But nothing can improve my mood better than the songs in my "motivation" playlist.

Today is February 29 – Do Something Productive

By |February 29th, 2012|Categories: Blog, Life|Tags: , |

Today is February 29th. Once every four years we get an extra day. This means a few things. It's great for people who get paid by the hour. There's 24 extra hours in the year for you to earn more money. At the same time, it kinda sucks for the people who get paid a salary. I'm getting my 365