• 5 budgeting methods
What is the number one way to generate wealth? If you answered, “saving your money and investing it wisely” then you would be correct. Winning the lottery would also be an acceptable answer, but that is unlikely to happen. Many of us struggle saving money because our paycheck comes in each month and at the......
The Grounded Engineer has been a fun endeavor for me. I’ve read a few books over the course of the year that changed my perception of running this blog. In July 2017, I hit the one year mark on my blog. I was able to meet my goal of writing one post each week for......
Today, I welcome Erik, a 25-year-old guy who blogs at The Mastermind Within. In this post, he will share with you his college experience, why he picked the major he did, and how it’s helping his pursuit of financial independence. Enjoy! When I was in high school, I didn’t realize I wanted to be financially......
  • giving thanks
I love Thanksgiving week. Growing up as a kid, Thanksgiving week was a short week in school because we got two days off. Thanksgiving week reminds me of spending time with my grandpa, dad, and uncles going deer hunting. Sitting in a deer stand when it is -15 degrees for 8 plus hours may not sound......
  • emergency fund
One question that is often on my mind is: how much should you keep in an emergency fund? I’ve fielded this question from a few friends that know I am engulfed in the personal finance space. My wife and I also debate how much our family should keep in our emergency fund. But where should......
  • Equifax Data Breach
Last weekend, I was doing my normal Sunday routine. I got up early with my daughter and we played for a bit. Then, I made some coffee and breakfast. We had some friends that had stayed overnight and as we were cleaning up breakfast my phone started to buzz. I had missed a call and......
  • Co-Op program
Taking a semester “off” of college to work was one of the best decisions I made during my undergraduate career. I participated in the Co-Op program at the University of Minnesota (UMN). UMN’s Co-Op program partners with local companies that are looking for interns. The school offers credit for the students, and in return, the......
  • affordable engineering schools
In high school when I was looking at colleges with engineering programs, I found it interesting that there were not many options to choose from. The options in Wisconsin included: UW-Milwaukee, UW-Madison, Milwaukee School of Engineering (MSOE), Marquette University, and UW-Platteville. I wanted a good education, but I was also thinking – what are the......
  • I don't know what I want to be when I grow up
One area of interest I had when I started my blog was to create content to help kids that are preparing for the “real world” figure out their options are after graduating high school. I am passionate about this topic because there are so many good choices that kids can pursue that don’t require a four-year degree.......
  • 2017 mid-year goal
It is fall up here in the midwest and the leaves are beginning to turn beautiful colors. My last update was right after Father’s Day, my first Father’s Day as a Dad. This past week we celebrated my daughter’s first birthday. Our daughter is so sweet, and I thoroughly enjoyed watching her demolish her first......