Family Finance

All about dealing with money as a couple, as well as with family. And recently, babies!! :)

14 Wildly Different Allowance Strategies :)

October 10, 2019
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So last week we asked how people do allowances since I’m still trying to nail down my own system, and BOY did the floodgates open! We got messages with all kinds of different styles and theories, ranging from “I pay nothing at all – we already pay for their LIFE!” all the way up to those ponying out $300+/mo whose kids are in charge of […]

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Children now average $30 a week in allowance?!

October 3, 2019
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Saw this in a press release this morning and almost spit out my coffee! Children average $30 a week in allowance Daaaang!!! Inflation sure has gotten crazy over the years! That is exactly $29 more a week than I got as a kid, and $28 more/week than I got when I was a teen ;) Which wouldn’t have even covered a measly pack of baseball […]

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The Beauty of Simplicity

September 4, 2019
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Morning, friends!! I’m packing up for our yearly financial blogging conference this morning (FinCon – will you be there??), and every time I reach for my suitcase I’m reminded just how nice it is to be a minimalist :) The old me used to spend hours trying to figure out what to bring and what not to bring (because you need to prepare for ALL […]

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A silly little trick I started doing to make expenses feel better… ;)

August 15, 2019
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So week one in our new house was pretty fantastic. Our stuff made it all in one piece, our days were filled with sun and exploration, we joined our community pool for 1/2 off the price (woo!), and at one point my wife stopped me to say just how happy she was to finally have a place all to ourselves where we can live peacefully […]

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“Help! I’ve fallen for a hyper-dedicated FIRE enthusiast.”

June 27, 2019
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Morning! Got an interesting note from a reader of the blog, and thought I’d pass it along here in case it helps anyone else in a similar position :) FIRE is awesome, but it is not *everything*!! At least my personal opinion on it! Here’s her sitch, followed by my response and then hopefully some feedback from y’all since I’m not too sure I addressed […]

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*How* we grew our net worth to $900k

May 6, 2019
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It dawned on me the other day that unless you’ve been reading the blog for a while, you probably haven’t a clue *how* we’ve grown our net worth to where it is today. Outside of the boring incremental gains/saving at least ;) So today I thought I’d share a quick background on how we got to where we are now for anyone new to the […]

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7 ways my kids actually SAVE me money

May 2, 2019
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There’s a lot of talk on how much kids COST you over the years (with some bloggers even going as far as┬átracking it every month before burning out!), but it’s a little known fact that while they do pull from the wallet, they can also *add* to it too. Or at least, *prevent* you from pulling from it because AIN’T NOBODY’S GOT TIME TO SPEND […]

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Do you make more than your spouse? How is it going for you??

March 21, 2019
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Was looking over our finances yesterday, and realized that for the first time since knowing my wife she’s actually making more money than me! Hubba Hubba! The more she makes, the less I need to! Haha… but also the more household income = the more opportunities for everyone too. So score 1 for the Mrs. ;) And a pretty neat turn around from just a […]

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Would you give up sex for a year in exchange for a free year of college tuition?

February 27, 2019
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According to a study I just read, 61% of people would! Haha… At least when it comes to college tuition *for their kids* :) And depending on how much we’re talking about here ($20,000? $40,000?) I’d probably consider it too. It’s kinda like the opposite of prostitution – getting paid to NOT have sex – hah! There were some other interesting stats in this survey […]

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A Bunch of #Wins Martin Luther King Would Be Proud of ;)

January 21, 2019
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Happy MLK Day! Did you know he was also a personal finance proponent back in the day? He once wanted to get what he and others called a “Freedom Budget” going that offered up a “practical, step-by-step plan for wiping out poverty in America during the next 10 years.” Which of course we’re still a ways away from these days (hell – we can’t even […]

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I want you to love your money like this guy!

January 15, 2019
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There’s a saying that if you really want something bad enough you’ll find a way to make it happen. Kinda like when you’re a broke ass college student, yet always manage to score booze every weekend ;) I don’t know how badly you want freedom right now, but I can tell you this guy below sure wants it! I just spent ~10-12 hours analyzing our […]

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40 Money Lessons Learned After 40 Years on This Earth

November 23, 2018
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[Hey guys! Hope you’re having a great Thanksgiving holiday so far! For those not out and about shopping on this non-Holiday Black Friday right now, here are some solid tips for you as a reward ;) Courtesy of fellow blogger Marc from VitalDollar.com. My favorites are #31 and #37 and would certainly make it into my own list once I turn the big 4-0 myself […]

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A Look at Other Peoples’ Money — Part III 👀

October 10, 2018
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If you’re getting tired of reading about my finances all the time like I am, today you’re getting break ;) IT’S TIME FOR ANOTHER ROUND OF “OTHER PEOPLES’ MONEY“! WOO! 💰💰💰 Our series where we showcase snapshots of other peoples’ money in our community, from the older, to the younger, to the single, to the married, to the fabulously wealthy – all in an attempt […]

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Who handles the $$$ in your household?

September 24, 2018
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Every now and then we receive boxes at our doorsteps, and my sons and I hurry outside to see what new item we’ve got. These were in one of the latest boxes we opened: [Puma + Minions! Baller!] I shared this on Twitter when we got ’em, and when I was asked if it was a gift to us, I said yup! A gift from […]

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