6 Tips To Keep In Mind When Buying A Vehicle

I recently purchased a car for my daughter. Although she was super excited for her first car, I was less than enthused to go through the financing process again. I pulled out all my mental notes from past experiences on things to be on the look out for when buying a car. Have The Kelly Blue Book Handy Have the website for the Kelly Blue Book bookmarked and ready to go. It will help you determine if the price of a vehicle is within fair market value, as well as show you other cars of the same type for sale […] Read more »

Financial Terms Demystified: Does Debt Consolidation Hurt Your Credit Score?

One of the main goals for many people in the world right now is to get themselves out of debt and to ultimately achieve financial freedom. Debt can be extremely costly to individuals, couples, and families, and it can destroy relationships and homes if not managed properly. Perhaps the most popular technique for getting out of debt, or at least making your way towards a debt-free life, is consolidating your debts. However, if doing this damages your credit score in the process, is it really worth it? Today, we’re going to explore the ins and outs of consolidating your debts, […] Read more »

Getting a Loan? How to Correctly Identify Scammers

At this time and age, it’s almost impossible to live comfortably without a car. Yes, there are public transport systems that are fairly decent. But they follow strict schedules and most of the time, you don’t have control over who you’re going to be in the vehicle with. With a car, you can go anywhere on your own time and with the company that you prefer. You can also bring along stuff such as extra clothes and other implements. Because cars are inherently expensive, they are generally acquired through loans. Now, how to get a car loan? If you have […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 8/17

This weekend my church is holding a summer event for the community featuring a BBQ contest and slip-n-slides for kids of all ages. I’m loading up a trailer with my smoker and setting up a booth in the parking lot tomorrow morning, as I’m participating in the BBQ contest. There are three categories; Ribs, chicken, and BBQ sauce.  I’m entering all three, and I’m bringing my A Game – wish me luck! Fist pump for BBQ contests and my favorite posts of the week! Posts That Make Me Fist Pump How to Pay Cash for Your Next Car, Even When […] Read more »

5 Ways For College Students To Save Money

Over the weekend my son moved into his first college apartment where he’ll be living with three of his friends. This is the first time he is responsible for buying and making his own food, paying monthly bills, and maintaining his own residence. In preparing for his big move I gave him several money saving tips to help keep down the cost of living. Clothes Dresser A quality dresser costs hundreds of dollars and the inexpensive ones you have to assemble are poor quality, don’t hold much weight, and fall part quickly. A cube organizer is a perfect way for […] Read more »

7 Unknown Mistakes Most People Make When Taking Loans

Applying for, and getting a loan from a lender is always a 50/50 process: you either get the loan, or you don’t. But you find that there are many instances where borrowers’ applications are rejected even when they are clearly within the minimum loan requirements. There are other instances where the borrowers get themselves in trouble with the loans due to some mistakes with the paperwork. This article has compiled a list of mistakes that loan borrowers have been known to frequently make when applying for online loans. Paperwork The most common mistake that loan borrowers are known to make […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 8/10

Today was an exciting day for my daughter, as we purchased a car for her. As a busy teen, she needs a way to get around, and her blue Ford Focus will definitely do the trick.  We’ll be using the car to teach her new financial lessons, as well as car maintenance skills – both of which will be beneficial for her for the rest of her life. She currently has a  summer job, but will be looking for something new as fall draws near. After all, she’ll be expected to pay for her insurance! Fist pump for new cars, […] Read more »

Raising Your Score: 3 Ways to Raise Your Credit Score Without Stress

When the monthly statements roll in, it can be very stressful. You know that the best way to raise your credit score organically is to pay everything off over time. In the process, you take on extra work, sell off valuables, and adhere to a strict budget. This adds to the stress. But what about any other tricks and hacks you can use to get a better score? Here are three lesser-known, low-stress ways to improve your credit. 1. Lower your credit utilization rate. You need better credit to get loans for a car, a home, or schooling. When you […] Read more »

Ignore Financial Distractions

Small birds swoop constantly at my head every time I mow my backyard. My wife is astonished I can just ignore them. I just shrugged my shoulders, and explained I know they’re not going to actually hit me, and I have a job to do and I want to complete it as quickly as possible. Imagine how much longer it would take me to mow my lawn if I would alter my course every time they came near me? I just keep mowing in my straight lines. We can all take a lesson from these swooping birds and learn to […] Read more »

5 Reasons Working from Home is the Cheaper Choice

The number of people who work from home has skyrocketed in recent years. It’s becoming easier for many people to work from home, as many companies are allowing their employees to work remotely part- or full-time. The appeals of working from home are vast as it saves money for employees and employers. Economic Office Equipment Alternatives The costs of running an office can quickly begin to add up. If you’re an entrepreneur with your own startup, the cost of setting up your own home office can easily save money in areas such as office supplies, rental space, and equipment. Your […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 8/3

The hunt for a car has begun.  Not just any car, my daughter’s first car. We want to find that balance between safety, a car she likes, dependability and affordability.  We test drove a Ford Focus today with a backup camera and bluetooth connectivity to her phone. It also had the one major attribute she wanted……it’s blue. Doing some research on it before we think about going any further, but it has potential! Fist pump for first cars, and my favorite posts of the week! Posts That Make Me Fist Pump Should You Be Tracking Your Net Worth? from Young […] Read more »

The Inappropriate Tip Jar

The tipping culture in the United States has gone a little off the rails in recent years, in my opinion. Tip jars appear almost everywhere these days. While I’m not opposed to giving a tip for good service, and even though I don’t agree with it I recognize that some workers rely on tips for their income. However, increasingly I see inappropriate use of the tip jar. I encountered two such tip jar misuses recently. Wine Tour Tip Jars My wife and I went on a wine tour in which we rode a trolley to four different wineries in our […] Read more »

Fist Pump Friday: I Love You Like A Blogger Roundup – 7/27

My wife and I are showing our age today as we have tickets to a concert of the 80’s hair bands Cheap Trick, Journey, and Def Leppard. My wife LOVES Journey and is excited to see them. Of course, we’ll have to remember that standard “captive audience” concert prices will apply to anything we buy at the concert such as $12 adult beverages, $20 event parking, and hot dogs priced more like steak dinner. To get the most value for our money we’ll be parking for free a few miles away and paying $3 each to take the light rail […] Read more »

You DESERVE To Be A Satisfied Customer

Businesses are run by people, which means occasionally mistakes will be made. That being said, customers have basic expectations when spending their hard earned money. When those expectations are not met, businesses have an obligation to do something to make it up to their customers. I recently had two such experiences, which the businesses handled perfectly. Olive Garden Put Me On Hold, Forever I dialed Olive Garden’s number to place my to go order as I pulled out of the driveway. I expected to be told it would be ready in 15 minutes, which coincidentally the amount of time it […] Read more »