• 2016 year-end summary
I hope everyone enjoyed their holiday weekend and that 2016 was a good year for you. 2016 was a  great year for my family and me – I have many things to be thankful for. In today’s post, I provide a year-end summary of things I am thankful for and of things that I am......
This post was inspired by a conversation I had with a good friend that is trying to better his life by finding a good paying job with UPS. UPS offers a nice pension plan if you work for the company for 25 years or until you are 55 (with a certain minimum number of years......
Is buying a house a form of investment? In my post this week, I define what the word investment means. Next, I share the details of the return on my investment from my first home. Finally, I address if buying a home is a good investment or a bad investment. Defining the word Investment According......
  • REIT
Are you looking to further diversify your portfolio? Maybe you want to invest in real estate but you don’t have the funds to put a down payment on a house because you are still working on taking control of your finances? In this post, I will examine what a real estate investment trust (REIT) is.......
I hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving holiday! I am writing this post a little late in the week because we were fortunate enough to spend a lot of quality time with our families and friends! I hope you were able to do the same. In my post today, I review some ideas we are......
  • Tax planning
In last week’s post, I discussed tax planning throughout the year to maximize your take-home pay. Ultimately, you want to reduce your taxable income through tax-advantaged investments and ensure you are getting all other available deductions (home mortgage interest, children, etc.) to pay the least amount in taxes. Today, I’m going to throw a wrench......
I will keep up the tax posts later this week with a new post this Wednesday. I reached out to my Twitter community to see if anyone wanted to share a guest post and Jacqueline Mann from richerwithpets.com reached out! What I really like about the topic of Jacqueline’s post is the theme of educating our children......
Tax planning is something that you should be thinking about over the course of the year and not something you think about on April 17 when it is time to prepare your taxes. Most likely, it will be too late to benefit from any significant tax breaks if you wait until the last minute. In......
My first question for you today is: do you have an emergency fund? My second question is: if you have an emergency fund, how much money do you make on it each year with your current savings account? My post today tackles these two questions, and I share how I made an easy $300! Do......
I’ve talked about getting your finances under control and the student debt issue we have in the U.S. in previous posts. Today, I want to focus exclusively on options and ideas for refinancing your student loans and ultimately, eliminating your student loan debt. In this post, I will discuss why it is important to refinance your student loans,......