• 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......
  • student loan
Today I have I guest post from Ben Luthi over at Student Loan Hero. Student Loan Hero enables you to enter in your loan information on their website to see if you can consolidate your loans to ultimately save you money. They shop companies like SOFI and LendKey to see get you into a lower interest......
  • interest rates
My family recently moved out of our townhome and into a single-family home back in January. About a month ago, I was spammed with an advertisement on a website I was perusing. The ad read something about lower interest rates. Back in January, the interest rates were good, but not extremely low like they were......
Last week, I wrote about one strategy for accessing the funds in your retirement accounts early. This strategy is called a Roth Conversion Latter. The Roth Conversion Latter involves converting money from your Traditional IRA to your Roth IRA. In this week’s post, I tackle a second method that enables you to pull money from......