Stories: One Bank Account

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Telling stories is what bloggers do, and most bloggers tell stories because the people in their lives are tired of hearing them…at least that’s what my wife thinks.  As we move along in this process, we’ll occasionally take a detour to story time.  This gives me the chance to share some personal aspects of our […]

Flying through February

Three weeks between posts is too long. Here’s a quick overview: The excitement is wearing off: While the debt payments getting larger with each item we pay off, the “fun” of living on a cash budget is waning. See below. February had a couple of non-budgeted items: a pair of jeans and one dinner out […]

Month in Review

We’ve made it through one month of living on cash, and I’m pleased to say that we’ve done really well. We completely blew the gas budget because of an unusually high amount of work-related driving, but otherwise we stayed right on target. I can only think of one “unauthorized” purchase that came out of the […]

Don’t Overpay for Tax Service

So, with Heather out of town last night and today, I spent the time the time as any good bachelor would: I finished our income tax returns for 2011.  Yea! for the exciting life of married people… Anyway, I use TurboTax online and have for the last four years.  Our tax situation isn’t too complicated; […]

Getting a Second Job

Earlier this week, I mentioned that you need a second job.  Here are a number of ways you can get started today on increasing your income: Ask for a raise-I know this isn’t really a second job, but one of the quickest ways to increase your income is to reach out to your boss for […]

Advice: Get a Second Job

Most people spend the majority of their time and efforts in reducing their expense, a sure-fire way to get your personal finances on track.  However, many people often overlook another solid way of fixing their personal finances; getting a second job. A few months ago, my aunt mentioned that she had been working in retail, […]