These are the 9 best personal finance books that will change your life (and aren't Dave Ramsey)

The 9 Best Personal Finance Books that will Change Your Life

From Suze Orman to Dave Ramsey – and every finance guru in between – everyone claims to have the best personal finance books. But how do you find the one that fits your personal finance approach? Whether you love him or loathe him, Dave Ramsey is one of the most talked about financial gurus out…

50 Free Things to Do on a No-Spend Weekend

50 Fun Free Things to Do on a No-Spend Weekend

One of the first things that get cut from every budget is expensive activities, right? Out the door goes all the lattes and visits to the movie theater. But finding fun free things to do turns out to be a lot easier than expected. It’s important to find free things to do so we don’t…

Grocery on a Budget: How to Easily Cut Your Bill by Half

Learning how to hit the grocery on a budget – and not overspend – is something most people struggle with. I get it. I’ve been there. Our grocery budget was out of control, and the one budget category we couldn’t seem to get on track. Creating a grocery budget was one of those things I…

How to Fight and Conquer Discrepancies in Medical Bills

Medical bills are unfortunately a part of our life, no matter your plan, coverage or deductible. Whether you’ve just had a checkup, a baby – or something in between – chances are you’re going to end up with a medical bill. But what do you do if those services are incorrectly billed and processed? Here’s…

Monthly finance report

May 2018 Financial Report

Drumroll, please….it’s officially official! We’ve not only paid off the last of our student loans, but we’re officially debt free! It’s hard to believe after years of having debt and just accepting it as the norm, we don’t have the weight of student loans, car loans, or credit card debt hanging over our heads anymore.…

Student Loan Debt: How to get rid of them quickly and painlessly

Anyone with student loan debt will tell you just how tiring, worrisome and stressful it can be. It’s easy to panic or avoid them altogether. But really, the best (and only) way to deal with them is like ripping a band-aid off – you just have to get a firm grip and face them head…

How to Quickly Plan Cheap and Easy Dinner Ideas

I’ll admit it – I hate trying to figure out dinner ideas for tonight. Needless to say, this is probably our biggest downfall when it comes to our food budget. Having nothing planned means grabbing dinner on the way home – on top of a coffee from the drive thru, a snack on the go,…

How to Pay Off Credit Card Debt Quickly

The average American has over $7,000 just in credit card debt. Ouch. Add to that student loans, car loans, medical debt and mortgages, and you’ve got a ton of stress and quite possibly a less than stellar credit score. The average APR on credit cards is 15%. If you take a year to pay off…

Pay Off Your Mortgage or Invest? Practical Tips to Decide

It’s the age-old question about which comes first. (No, not the chicken or the egg. Well, maybe – it IS about your nest egg, anyway.) Should you pay off your mortgage or invest first? While both are very tempting options, there are some major considerations to think over before making this decision. You don’t want…