Tortoise and Hare Money Lessons

What the Tortoise and Hare Taught Me About Money

We are all familiar with the story of the tortoise and the hare. The tortoise is a long shot to win the race because he’s soooo slow, while the hare is the easy favorite with his quickness and speed. When the whistle blows, the hare sprints out of the gates and gets a huge lead over the slow, barely moving tortoise. It seems obvious that the hare will win, but we all know how it ends; the tortoise somehow, through insurmountable odds finds a way to win. I think there […]

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Save Money in the Summer

A Few Tricks to Keep Your Budget Cool This Summer

Summer is my favorite season of the year! It is full of adventures at the beach, hiking, playing golf, grilling, and camping. Oh, and if you’re in your 20s, don’t forget about all the weddings you will get invited to or asked to be in. Summer is time to let loose a little more, get outside, and be more active. It’s also a time where it becomes really easy to spend more money than you really want to. That’s right, those extra activities aren’t free! Now I’m not saying to […]

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Bridge to Debt Freedom

How We Paid Off $29,500 of Debt in 2016

My wife Jenna and I started our plan to aggressively pay off our student loans in 2013. In that time we have paid off nearly all of our debt, increasing our total amount paid every year. It has been a long road, and while the end is in sight, I want to reflect a little on how we got this far. I know that most people reflect sometime in January, but March is still pretty early in the year right? Better late than never! In 2016, we had our biggest […]

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Meal Prepping Guide to Save Money

A Beginner’s Guide to Meal Prepping

Last week I posted an article about how my family survives on $60 a week and it got a lot of great feedback and comments. Thank you for taking the time to read, make insightful comments, and share your stories of meal prepping! As a result, I wanted to follow up with exactly how we meal prep for the week, including practical advice on where to shop, recipes of easy, long lasting meals, and tips to make it easier and make your meals last longer! Where You Shop Matters One […]

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I'm going to show you three ways we survive, and I daresay thrive on a $60 weekly food budget. Food is expensive. $60 a week is not a lot of money, but if you plan ahead, buy in bulk, get good at meal prepping, and avoid impulse shopping, it really is enough for two people!

Food is Expensive! How We Survive on $60 a Week

Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links. I would earn a little money with no extra cost to you. The opinions expressed are my own. Read my disclaimer to learn more. How much do you spend on food every week? Everyone needs to eat, but how much you spend and where you shop varies dramatically. Also, it seems like the prices of food are always going up and our dollars just don’t stretch as far as they used to. It might not actually be true, but so many times I […]

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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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How to find the right 2nd job. Working a second job really sucks at times, but it's also an amazing blessing to pay off our debt. How much difference does the right 2nd job make? Instead of four years, it would take at least double.

Finding a Second Job that’s Right For You

Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links. I would earn a little money with no extra cost to you. The opinions expressed are my own. Read my disclaimer to learn more. Are you looking for ways to make more money? Finding a second job isn’t at the top of most people’s priority list. Working a second job really sucks at times, but it’s also been an amazing blessing to pay off our debt. Throughout this process of working multiple second jobs, I’ve learned that there are so many options of jobs […]

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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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Debt Free Living Alaska Hike

Why We Stopped Going Out to Eat

Disclaimer: This post may contain affiliate links. I would earn a little money with no extra cost to you. The opinions expressed are my own. Read my disclaimer to learn more. How much do you spend dining out each month? If you don’t track it with a budget, chances are it’s a lot more than you think. In 2015, the Bureau of Labor Statistics reported that the average American household spent $3,008 a year dining out. Where do you stack up? If you’re not sure how much you spend, now […]

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Car Repairs and Emergency Funds

How to Take the Stress Out of Car Repairs

I love new things! My wife and I just bought a new house and moved in last week! It’s awesome, cute, adorable, and already feels like home! With our new house, we are learning all about our new neighborhood, meeting new neighbors, and figuring out the best new routes to get to and from all of our normal hangouts. Our new house and neighborhood even have new smells to get use to. But there is one new thing that I absolutely do not love, and that is new sounds my […]

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