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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Graduating with Student Loans

Graduation Game Plan: How to Get a Head Start on Student Loans

I graduated from college in 2011 with a dual degree in History and Teaching Social Studies. At that time, I was actually already working in a middle school as a paraprofessional. It wasn’t quite my dream job, but I was crazy happy to be working at a school right out of college, especially one that I loved! It was a great stepping stone to my current position as a full time teacher at the same local charter school. At the time, I was in bliss making more money than any […]

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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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Improve Finances on Single Income

How to Improve Your Finances on a Single Income

There are a lot of stories about couples paying off a bunch of debt in short periods of time. Today, I want to give hope to all the single folks out there. If you’re single, I want to show you how to improve your finances on a single income. I think there are three fundamental steps you can take right now to kick start your financial makeover and start reaching your goals. Step 1: Make a Budget If you don’t have a budget, start one now. It is the single […]

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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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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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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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