• flooded basement
This past week was a bit stressful in the Grounded Engineer household. Mrs. Grounded Engineer called me at 3:00 pm on Monday afternoon to inform me we had water in our basement. Yep – I had a flooded basement. This post is a little off the normal personal finance realm, but I thought I would......
  • 5 Deadly mistakes to avoid when you want to get out of debt
Today I have a guest post from Patricia Sanders. Author bio: Patricia Sanders is a content contributor at Debt Consolidation Care Community. Playing with words is her passion and reading books to acquire knowledge is her first love. Her articles is a beautiful union of her love and passion. You can find her articles at......
  • you can become a millionaire with an average salary
Is it possible to become a millionaire with an average salary? The answer is yes, but the key to the answer is to leverage compound interest. CNN had an interesting article addressing the question: can you become a millionaire on an average salary? 37% of American’s think they will need $1 million to retire safely. It is......
  • Signs of a promising long-term growth stock
Today I have a guest post from Troy over at MarketHistory.org. Troy blogs about his thoughts on the stock market and investing. He uses the stock market history to rationally predict what the stock market will do in the future. Although my philosophy for investing is to use the keep it simple stupid (KISS) method,......
  • Review of the Ego Power+
This past week has been a bit expensive at The Grounded Engineer household. We purchased some furniture so we can actually use our basement. I also made a fresh purchase – a new, battery-powered lawn mower. In this week’s post, I’ll explain how we use Mint to budget for our new house expenses, and I......
  • how much money should you have by
The Millionaire Next Door is one of the most influential personal finance books I’ve read. This book is written by Thomas J. Stanley and William D. Danko, who wrote the book in 1996. Dr. Stanley conducted interviews with millionaires between 1982 and 1996 to understand the wealth building traits these people possess. The main traits......
  • farmhouse table
My wife and I have been in our house for a little over two months now. We set aside some money for things that we needed in the new house: washer, dryer, and dishwasher to name a few. The appliances in our house we replaced were pretty disgusting.  I could have looked for some deals......
  • financial wellness score
On my blog, I often discuss budgeting, saving and debt elimination. I don’t talk about how to protect you and your family that often, although I’ve written a few posts on life insurance. One popular post aboutlife insurance is my $12,000 money mistake with permanent life insurance. However, I don’t spend much time writing about......
  • budgeting
Our budget continues to be an iterative process. As much as I like stability, there are still expenses I forgot I need to add in our budget to account for and they disrupt my budget! In March, I needed new tires for my car and our car insurance was due. Also, our food budget, which......
  • free tax return
Tax day is quickly approaching. If you’ve procrastinated on doing your taxes, you still have through Tuesday, April 18 to get them done. Filing taxes can be a bit cumbersome, and if you are like me, you worry about making mistakes and the IRS coming after you. When my financial advisor told me there was......