The Easiest, Smartest Way to Save Up for The Awesome Things

In the spring of 2015, Kellie and I took a dream trip to Europe. The bulk of our time was spent in Budapest, Hungary, where she had served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. After Budapest, we spent a few days in Vienna, Prague, and Dresden, Germany. It was truly an experience of a lifetime, and we’ve looked back on it fondly many times since.

Understanding the Tax Game, Part 2 - Sweat the Big Stuff (Retirement Accounts)

When it comes to taxes, pretty much all of us are interested in one thing: How do I pay as little as possible? This is a great question, and it’s really what this Understanding the Tax Game series is all about. It’s helpful to look at taxes as a game with rules. If you understand the game well enough and play by the rules, you have a better chance of “winning” the game.

5 Financial Tips for Starting 2019 On The Right Foot

A happy 2019 to you all.

I hope last year was a great one for you, and that you’re looking forward to this new year, with the chance for new beginnings. I love starting fresh with the opportunity to set new goals and priorities.

To that end, I’d like to share 5 financial tips worth considering as you think about how you might want to tune-up your financial life this year. These are just suggestions, but in the many financial conversations I’ve had with others, these five points hit on resolving some of the biggest financial concerns I hear when I talk with others.

I hope you enjoy my latest (and first!) post of 2019.

3 Things Not to Do During a Stock Market Decline

If you’ve seen any financial news lately, you’re aware of some of the ups and downs the stock market has experienced. Stock market volatility is not uncommon, but that doesn’t make it any less scary to stomach.

However, periods of uncertainty present some of the biggest opportunities for investors to sabotage their financial plans. Here are three things you should avoid doing during a stock market decline.

An Inside Look at My Budget Last Month

I’ve written a lot about budgeting, so any regular of my blog has heard a little about why I feel it’s important and how to do it (without pulling your hair out). And while I certainly enjoy budgeting more than the average person, I think it can be a really easy, non-threatening experience for most families.

I thought it might be helpful to share a sneak peek into my own budget from last month. I love doing this sort of thing. It helps me see my budget from a different point of view, and you might find it helpful as you put your own budget together.