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Top Tips for Planning your Home Improvement Projects

When it comes to finding ways to save money in the long-term, one of the most important things you can do, is look into upgrading your home. While many people begin to think about home improvement projects when they’re considering selling their property, the truth is that making a few simple changes can quickly improve...
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Guest Post: Staying Financially Strong in Crisis

There are a lot of things to be panicking over in the news today – from debts to the roof, to high unemployment rates, to natural catastrophes – a financial crisis can happen in any number of ways.   Family is the most important thing when it comes to dealing with hard times especially financial....
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What I’ve Been Up To…

Hello all, it’s been a while since you’ve last heard from me.  Let me begin by saying, you’ll be hearing a lot more from me going forward.  What have I been up to? So much that each day is more of a blur than the next. Many of you know that I am a full-time...
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Guest Post: Millennials: 11 Ways to Fight Your Increasing Debt

The money worries are getting more serious with time as millennials are falling into debt and are struggling to get out of it helplessly. Though the economic conditions of the country have improved, the job market has still not improved yet. Most of the millennials are not happy with the stagnant salary. Due to high...
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White Belt Finance: The Beginning of Your Journey

Just like in the martial arts, you’ll become a white belt the second you step on the mat.  Stepping on the mat shows your open to learning new things in your journey of self-improvement.  This applies to your personal finances as well.  Let’s first assess why you’re here: Are you in financial trouble? Eager to...
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Pulling the Plug on Cable!

One of my least favorite bills to pay is cable.  Many of us can relate to the fact that we pay for 600 channels but really only watch 5 or 6.  After my frustration ran from weeks to years, I finally decided to take some action.  Here’s how and why I’m saving $110 a month...
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Minimalism and Commitment to Simplicity

“The things you own end up owning you.” ― Joshua Fields Millburn I must say, I’m loving this whole Minimalism movement.  If you are a hardcore Minimalist, I’ll warn you now.  I’m much more of a moderate.  I’ll be the first to tell you that I’m not trying to live out of a book-bag.  Yet,...
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How I Created & Achieved My Goals in 2016

For as long as I can remember, I’ve always been a goal setter.  I believe it’s been a driver of growth, as it documents a path to guide us to where we want to be.  It’s easy to think about a few things we want to do but life has a way of getting a...
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Time for a House? What Can You Afford?

With rates on the rise, it may be time to lock in that 30 year fixed mortgage.  I know you girls have been dreaming of beautiful new furniture and dudes, your mancave can happen.  That’s all well and good but when is the right time?  How much money do you need? And why now? Why Now?...
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11 Strategies To Pay Off Your Student Loans Fast

Hope you enjoy this GUEST POST by Jon Dulin @ PennyThots.com: Ahh, that pesky student loan payment that needs to be made every month. It ís a pain. I had student loan debt for a number of years after I graduated college. I still remember when I made my last payment. It felt like a...
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What Millennials Need To Know About President Trump

Without knowing the true motivation of a person, it’s hard to predict what anyone is going to do (especially politicians).  Regardless of your opinion, Donald Trump is our new President and it would be foolish for us not to anticipate the legal measures that may impact us Millennials.  Who knows what campaign promises he is...
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3 Mistakes Millennials Make With Their Money

Millennials, like every other generation, have made their share of mistakes with money.  While thinking about the thousands of conversations I’ve had about this subject, a few things seem to stick out like a sore thumb.  First, getting a second or advanced degree can either be a huge success or an extreme set back if...
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3 Very Different Ways To Reach Financial Independence

Financial Independence is more within reach than most think.  While there are several reasons most don’t achieve it, two very common ones stand out to me.  First, people don’t dream.  Rather than approaching a conversation with the same boring old questions, I like to dig deep and find out what people are passionate about.  When...
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Millennials, Money, and the Future

Millennials are facing a world with unique challenges.  Whether its technology making our skills obsolete or global economic competition with America, we need to be informed in this ever shifting culture.  The infusion of technology has changed the landscape of money since our baby boomer parents were our age.  Though we should value their advice, Millennials...
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The Opposite of Courage is Conformity

One of the most legendary figures in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu is none other than Rickson Gracie.  His undefeated record doesn’t come close to explaining how ahead of his time he was during his career.  Whether it be his Vale Tudo Championship in 1994 and 1995 or the countless stories of those who have witnessed his effectiveness,...
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Know Your Numbers

One of the most underrated skills in business is bookkeeping.  People get into business for so many different reasons.  Sometimes because of the passion they have for a cause or a unique skillet they hold.  In many cases, they haven’t been trained on running the back end side of things.  While there are many reasons...
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Are You Teaching Your Kids Financial Independence?

Did you know that most people’s attitudes about money are formed before they turn 13 years old? The money mindset that a young child establishes, often based heavily upon the way that their parents view money, stick with them through adulthood. Think about this: if you have children that are about to or have just...
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What Money and Martial Arts Have in Common

Success in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu (or any martial art) has a direct correlation on how we get good at anything.  As anyone who has devoted their life to it will tell you, we see the world through our experiences on the mat.  In many ways, I barely remember who I was before I began my training.  Our...
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Simplify Your Small Business Startup

In order to get your small business off the ground, there are 3 areas you cannot neglect.  Though boring in nature – Legal, Marketing, and Accounting are the 1st three things we will need to consider once your vision is established.  It’s very hard to stay patient and get your ducks in a row when your excited about...
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Tax Avoidance vs Tax Evasion

Rich people don’t pay taxes because they invest in REALLY GOOD accountants who are skilled in tax avoidance, not to be confused with tax evasion.  In this season of politics, this type of talk is making its way through the daily headlines.  As a tax professional, I see the most confusion in knowing the difference between...
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