Grades Do Not Guarantee Success With Money

grades do not guarantee success

Stress Over College Options

This past weekend, we were at the park for a photo shoot. Daughter_02 was recently diagnosed with a neurological disorder (for more info, check out What is AS?). She is being featured in a local article which will promote awareness for kids with disabilities.

As the session ended and we were getting packed up, the photographer and coordinator entered into a very familiar discussion. Their teenagers were graduating highschool, so it was time to compare grades, college choices, etc. There was some serious stress being communicated about grades and strengths and weaknesses of various colleges.

It got me thinking. Continue reading “Grades Do Not Guarantee Success With Money”

How To Pay Cash For Your Cars

Would you like to know how to pay cash for your next car, and never take a car loan again?

This is something I have seen so many of my family, friends, and co-workers struggle with over the years, and it just blows my mind. I have taken two car loans in my lifetime ($15,000 and $18,000).

In both cases, I paid the loan off within about 1 to 1.5 years because I can’t stand to be in debt. My point is that, if I could afford to do that, I had no business taking the loans to begin with (and neither do you!). Continue reading “How To Pay Cash For Your Cars”

People Will Call You Cheap

people will call you cheap

Sometimes the same people who call you “cheap” or “tight” with money secretly want your help.

During my early 20’s, I had been working for a couple of years, and I had established this basic budget which helped me prioritize saving, spending on bills, spending on debt, and then spending on myself (in that order). I was probably making something like $35,000 in an entry-level helpdesk job. I wasn’t making a ton of money by IT field standards, but it was enough to do all of the above, as long as I stayed disciplined. (In case you are new to the site) The result of my path was that I ended up paying off 100% of my debt, including my mortgage by age 28. Continue reading “People Will Call You Cheap”

Should You Cut Up Your Credit Cards?

I am not 100% against all forms of debt…for two reasons.

When in Doubt, Kick It Out!

I believe that most of the “all or nothing” rules out there are meant for novices and newcomers. That, and they can be helpful for folks who just don’t have great self-discipline and are self-aware enough to know that they should probably just stay away from a thing altogether.

An example that comes to mind is in the game of soccer. Defenders are taught at a very young age, “When in doubt, kick it out!” This helps save teams from costly mistakes made by defenders who are trying to make decisions under pressure while standing near the goal they are defending.

This guy had no business dabbling in debt. He should have just paid cash:

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