I booked a trip to Galveston State Park at the beginning of the year for this past weekend. It was Father’s Day and I wanted to spend it camping with my daughters. After driving through Houston during rush hour we were a bit rattled, so we got set up and kicked around the beach for a bit before dinner. We
I recently watched Under the Gun at the request of my beautiful wife. I typically avoid watching things like this because it just upsets me so much. My one and only fear is losing one of my daughters and films like this remind me just how terribly random violence, specifically with gun, can be. Further, it makes me so angry
I am a big fan of gamification. FitBit has done it with physical fitness. Tripadvisor has done it with reviews. I’m sure there are other examples, but these are the best known. I have often thought it would be a great idea for personal finances. Something like Mint.com but as you add goals you get badges for reaching those goals.
To start getting our of debt, you need to know just how deep in the hole you are. I use Mint.com to track my personal finances and keep a loose budget. It also calculates your total assets, liabilities and net worth. I wanted something more though. If you know anything about getting out of debt, you’re familiar with the “debt snowball”
One important aspect of getting out of a pickle in knowing how you got there in the first place. Generally when people come into a lot of money (inheritance, lottery, bonus, etc) it leaves their wallet as fast as it got there. Why? The reason is they never learned to manage their money. That’s why they were in debt and
This was one of my favorite episodes of the MONEY Show. JD Roth is the founder and former owner of Get Rich Slowly blog. He now runs a blog called Money Bo$$ and travels the country with his girlfriend in an RV. I like hearing stories about how people dig themselves out of a hole whether that’s a financial, health related,
The next book in my reading for improvement is Rich Habits by Tom Corley. I heard an interview with Tom on The MONEY Show. Host J Money was really into the whole thing, so I found a copy on Thriftbooks.com for a reasonable price so I thought I’d give it a go. Overall it’s a good book. Much like The Richest
I read this classic again since I’m on the hunt for financial independence. This is one of my favorites since it lays out very simple rules for growing wealth slowly as the philosophy of hard work all in the form of parables and stories. It’s important to focus on our goals and read things that help us reach those goals.
I’d rather have the ability to live in the Caribbean than collect 9% per dollar. Books and a hammock sound way better than some of the alternatives.
The last few nights I have been having travel dreams. Not happy travel dreams, literal dreams about me trying to get from point A to B. In the dreams I am encountering lots of obstacles and running late, etc. I have also been thinking a lot about my personal life goals. Wanting to save more, get out of debt, create