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2020 Money Goals: Mid-Year Review/Revise/Remove!

June 29, 2020
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Happy Monday, personal finance nerds! This week we cross over the halfway mark for the year 2020. Oh man, what a crazy year it’s been so far. When I sat down and wrote my 2020 money goals back in January, I had no clue about the poopstorm of events we were about to experience … One of the biggest stock market crashes in history Immediately […]

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Things I learned while taking a sabbatical

June 15, 2020
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Since taking time off of work, I’ve had a ton of epiphanies. Most of them happened within 90 days of quitting my job. But even now, after a two-year sabbatical, I’m still discovering new things about my relationship with “work.” Let’s rewind a bit … Thinking about taking a sabbatical from work It was early 2018 and I was feeling run down, unappreciated, and a […]

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Engagement Rings 💍 A Contest + Fun Facts

June 12, 2020
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Happy Friday, y’all! Here are some fun facts about engagement ring bling to take your mind off of this yo-yo stock market! But first, let’s have a little Budgets Are Sexy competition … Do you think you could win one of these engagement ring categories if you’re stacked up against other Budgets readers? Keep in mind that the average engagement ring cost was $5k (WOAH) […]

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My $14,000 Dog, Cooper

June 5, 2020
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How much do dogs cost? Last month we had to rush my dog to the vet. Well actually it was my wife who took him to the vet … I’m a huge wimp when it comes to blood and doctors and stuff. Anyway, Cooper had ripped off one of his dew claws at the dog park. He was born with a few extra toes on […]

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Farewell, my friends!

May 29, 2020
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Well this is The Day, my friends!! 12 years, 3 months and 17 days since writing my first post here, and now it’s time to say farewell! Eek! We sure had fun though, didn’t we??? And got a lot OLDER in the process? Lol… I started this blog in my 20s and ended in my 40s! With kids and a mortgage and a dog! :) […]

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My Favorite Reads This Month 💎

May 21, 2020
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Morning! I don’t know why people keep saying they have so much more time during these quarantine days than normal as it’s only shrunken for us (these kids nip at us 24/7!), but if you’re one of those fortunate ones, perhaps some of these articles will help you pass the time more enjoyably :) Below’s a mix of my favorite financial and lifestyle reads from […]

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Financial Sayings I Wish Were True!

May 20, 2020
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Here are a bunch of financial phrases I wish were true, along with some that I’m glad are not. If you ever wondered what I do on my spare time, this is it :) ****** Being worth your weight in gold At gold hovering around $1,770/oz currently, I’d be worth approximately $4,956,000! Having a license to print money Yes please! Cash cow That would be […]

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Did you get a Stimulus Check? What did you end up doing with it?

May 18, 2020
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Saw some stats on how people are using them, and thought it would be interesting to compare with our own community here :) Here’s what SmartAsset.com found when they polled 1,300+ people: More than half of adults – 52.09% – said they primarily plan to use their stimulus check on needs such as rent and food. Putting the money into savings was the next most […]

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Who the heck is 5am Joel?

May 8, 2020
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Good morning, all! Nice to meet you, I’m Joel. I’m the new guy. Hang on a sec, where is J. Money? As J announced earlier this week, he’s slowly stepping away from blogging here. He’ll be passing the reins over to me starting in June. 😬 Good news though, J’s not going too far!… He just extended his contract with Soapbox (the peeps who own […]

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Things I learned this week…

May 7, 2020
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Y’all seem to be enjoying all these random things I’ve been learning, so I’ll continue sharing them unless the digital tomatoes start coming my way ;) Here’s the latest batch of things that have fascinated me… I’d love it if anyone could get to the bottom of #5 down there! #1. There’s a dating site for FIRE lovers! –> FireDating.me — “The first and only […]

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My last month on the blog :)

May 4, 2020
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Morning friends, old and new! Welp, it’s that time of the journey where I start phasing out of the blog here and pass the torch on to a younger, more impassioned, person to continue spreading the good word! One of the scariest things I’ll ever do as I’ve been blogging here for over *a fourth* of my life now (!!!), but as novelist Paulo Coelho […]

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A *FREE* Legacy Binder on the scene!

April 30, 2020
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Morning, y’all! So many of you know how much I LOVE Chelsea’s “ICE” Binder she put out the other year (“In Case of Emergency” Binder) – aka Legacy Binder – that houses all the things someone would need to know about you/your finances/family/estate/etc in the untimely death of you or your significant other, so naturally when I saw this note come my way I immediately […]

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Life on the other side of the globe!

April 29, 2020
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Morning, guys!! Stumbled across an old comment on the blog I tagged to share some day, and decided today’s that day before I forget again! :) It was dropped in 2018 so it’s a tiny bit dated, but a majority of this still holds true and thought you might find it as fascinating as I did when I first read it… Amazing that no matter […]

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I can officially die now… ;)

April 27, 2020
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Welp friends, we finally checked off the last major part of managing our finances! We got a will and trust!! And it only took me 10 years to do DESPITE BEING A MONEY BLOGGER! ;) (Just keep that in mind the next time you’re feeling bad about procrastinating yourself, lol…) I’d love to say it was super easy to do and we breezed through it, […]

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