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Month: July 2017

5 Principles That Impact Our Finances You Haven’t Thought Of

5 Principles That Impact Our Finances You Haven’t Thought Of

We can talk all day about the x’s and o’s or the blocking and tackling of our finances, and we’ll continue to do that, but we also want to discuss some ancillary principles that have just as much of an impact. We all have principles we try to live by. Most of the principles we’ll discuss here I’ve tried to improve upon over the years. I’ve noticed that as I’ve focused more attention on these principles, our finances have followed…

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Exploring Podcasts

Exploring Podcasts

Podcasts have become a primary source of entertainment, learning and information gathering for our household. The podcast revolution has exploded over the last few years with hundreds of thousands of unique and interesting shows being produced on a daily basis. If you’re not familiar with podcasts, I’m not really sure what rock you’ve been living under but it’s time for you to use your Google skills and get on board. Or just continue reading! Prior to my podcast listening life…

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Do You Have A Budget?

Do You Have A Budget?

Everyone should have a budget. I’m not aware of anyone that is financially responsible that does not have some sort of budget they use to track their spending. A budget can be as simple or as complicated as you want it to be. We like to keep things simple around here but there are times where it’s appropriate to tightly track your spending. We typically focus on spending buckets and try to stay within an allotted amount for a particular…

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Cloth Diaper Advocate

Cloth Diaper Advocate

Below is a guest post from my wife about our cloth diaper experience.  I wrote about cloth diapers briefly here, Frugal Strategies for Expecting Parents, but she dives into the nitty gritty. No affiliate links just links to what we’ve used. Prices referenced may change. Hope you enjoy! When I voiced the idea of cloth diapering while pregnant with our daughter, it seemed like everyone was against it and telling me horror stories. It’s a good thing I am stubborn, because…

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What Kind of Example Are You Setting?

What Kind of Example Are You Setting?

Kids are like sponges. They are constantly observing and soak up everything you do and say whether you recognize it or not. As a parent of 2 young kids, I’ve started to realize the importance of your actions because you’re the example for your kids. They’ll become their own person but they’ll also develop many of the traits you exemplify. That’s why you have to walk the walk in all things and especially when it comes to finances. The older…

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A Hot Texas Weekend

A Hot Texas Weekend

One thing we’re finding that makes us a little different from others is how we view money and how we spend money. That may be obvious considering this blog is about financial independence but we sometimes lose sight of our frugal ways because they’re so ingrained in us. A little reflection makes us realize how different we sometimes handle our daily lives and spending decisions compared to others. Don’t get me wrong, we’re frugal, but it’s more so that we…

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Start Investing Now: A Call to Action

Start Investing Now: A Call to Action

I’m going to keep this one simple and to the point. Start investing. I know many people out there will say that you need an emergency fund, you need to budget, you need to pay off debt, etc. and I totally agree. Those are all valid and important topics but I want to focus on investing at the moment. The reason getting started investing as early as you can is important is because of this wonderful thing called compounding interest….

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