Beach Vacation Pay Cash

How to Save for Vacation and Pay Cash

As it gets closer and closer to summer, I can’t help but dream of vacation. Being a teacher, I am just as excited as my students for summer vacation to hit so that I can run out of the school with my arms in the air, yelling and jumping around. In my head I picture confetti raining from the upper floor windows, music playing over all of the loudspeakers, and teachers and students waving goodbye, bounding off to enjoy summer adventures. Why can’t we all be as excited to go […]

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Start a Wordpress Blog with Bluehost

How to Start a Blog Today with Bluehost and WordPress

Disclaimer: This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase a hosting plan with Bluehost using my exclusive links, I will earn a small commission. It doesn’t cost you any extra, but will help support my blog. The opinions I express throughout this post are entirely my own. Read my full disclaimer to learn more. I think Yoda said it best, “Do or do not, there is no try.” If you are thinking about starting a blog, don’t mess around thinking about it, or trying it out. Either don’t start one, […]

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Colosseum Rome Financial Lessons

What Can the Roman Empire and Michael Jordan Teach Us About Finances?

It’s safe to say that most people have heard the phrase, “Rome wasn’t built in a day.” It’s pretty obvious. The Ancient Roman Empire was colossal! It stretched all across Europe, even into the present day United Kingdom. It took years, even decades for the Roman Empire to spread its culture and influence to so many people. Yes they conquered those people and ruled over them with an iron fist, but my point is, it was a long process (I really do love referencing my nerdy history background!). The same […]

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Declutter Build Emergency Fund Minimalism

How Decluttering Your Home Can Build Your Financial Foundation

In Minnesota, spring is right around the corner, and with it, spring cleaning! Everyone I know has stuff that they don’t need, or maybe more accurately stuff they don’t use. Stored in garages, attics, basements, and storage lockers across the country are piles of stuff that are taking up space, forgotten, unused, and unappreciated. Instead of your old stuff wasting away in a dark corner, you can dust it off and sell it to someone who can put it to good use. Not only will it create more space in […]

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Find a Second Job to Improve Finances

How to Find the Right 2nd Job

I wrote a post last month explaining why both my wife and I work a second job. If you are looking for a way to increase your income, I highly suggest giving it a read. Working a second job has really sucked at times, but it has also been such an amazing blessing to pay off our debt. Throughout this process of working multiple second jobs, I have learned that there are so many options of jobs and ways to supplement your income. If you want to really make a […]

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Gift Giving on Budget

How to Buy Gifts on a Budget

Giving is intended to be open handed and bring joy to both the giver and receiver. However, it can also be really stressful! There is so much pressure to get things right and not feel like a bozo for buying a bad gift. Not to mention, the number of occasions that require a gift seem endless. Whether it is baby or bridal showers, birthdays for family and friends, and in your own immediate family, gift giving is a constant. If you’re like me, your stress level is already rising and […]

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Build Trusting Intimate Marriage with Finances

One Secret to Financial Success and Building a More Trusting, Intimate Marriage

A great way to come together in budgeting is to combine your finances with your spouse and make all of your money decisions as a team. When my wife and I were planning our wedding, we made the decision to combine all of our finances, giving equal access to all of our bank accounts. I believe this is one of the biggest reasons we are so successful with our money. Not only have we had financial success, but we have seen many other advantages in our marriage, so for us, […]

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Get Out of Debt Fast Be Different

3 Ways to Do Money Differently, and Get Out of Debt Faster

The tagline for my website is “Doing Money Differently.” For the past four years, my wife Jenna and I have been doing exactly that and our finances and lives have changed dramatically for the better. It is something I truly believe can lead you to long term wealth, financial success, and happiness. Our path to doing money differently didn’t happen overnight, but rather, a series of small, consistent choices strung out over many years. I want to share with you three ways we are “Doing Money Differently.” Why We Do […]

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Hard Work Second Job Saved Finances

Getting a 2nd Job Saved Our Finances

I met my wife Jenna in college as we both started the Teacher Education Program at the University of Minnesota Duluth. After graduating we both found a job at the same school and worked our way up to being full time teachers. Educating young people is a passion we both share in life, and we truly love that we get to help shape young minds for a living. However, teaching middle school isn’t our only job. Even before we got married, we both sought out a second job to supplement […]

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Personal Allowance Freedom in Budget

How to Experience More Freedom in your Budget

I have been budgeting for almost four years now, and amazingly I have come to really enjoy the entire process of balancing our family budget. It has become such a joy that I typically get excited at payday, not only because we are getting paid, but because it means I get to play around with the budget! I love tinkering with our totals and projecting how much we will be able to pay towards our student loans! You might be thinking I am a major nerd, which I am, but […]

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