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Jun 24, 2019

#200: Nine years ago, I had no idea that personal finance blogs existed.

Then, as I was flipping through an issue of Kiplinger magazine, I came across an article about a woman who paid off $70,000 in debt in 16 months.

Her name was Jaime, she lived in Maine, and she earned 3x her husband’s income. He made $30,000...

Jun 17, 2019

#199: Ashley is paying affordable rent for a home she enjoys, but she feels certain that the real estate market in her local market will stay strong. She’s thinking about buying a home with 3 to 5 percent down, but she doesn’t have much in savings.

Should she wait for a year to save more? Or should she...

Jun 10, 2019

#198: Money flows.

When you receive money, you’re in the path of this flow.

Money flows from someone else to you, and eventually, it’ll flow from you to someone else, either in the form of a purchase or an investment.

A healthy relationship with money is to feel gratitude when money flows towards you, and to release...

Jun 7, 2019

#197: Should Bret invest in a Traditional IRA or a Roth IRA?

If Amanda gets married, how will her child support be affected? What about her student loan forgiveness?

Joe is investing in bonds, which average a rate of return that’s equal to the interest rate on his mortgage. Should he switch to all-equities and...

Jun 3, 2019

#196: When Wendy Mays was in her early 20’s, she earned $12 an hour working as the office manager of a pest control company.

She wanted higher income, so she enrolled in college at age 22. By the time she finished her undergraduate degree, she was 26, married, with a child.

Her husband worked low-paying jobs to make...