Starting last year, fintech has become a bigger part of the conference and I think it’s great.
I get a ton of emails from companies about reviewing them, but honestly it’s hard to judge from afar.
Last year I met Bill Dwight, found of FamZoo, and loved what they’re doing. We now use FamZoo for tracking our little one’s allowance and goals.
So those meetups are a practical way to meet the people, get sense what they’re motivation is, and see the product in action.
Some companies on my watch list for this year:
Cash Crunch Games: If you’re a parent, teacher, or caregiver, you’ll like Cash Crunch Games – it’s designed to help teens learn about personal finance through a free game. Next month they’ll be a board game for younger kids. You can catch a quick chat I had founder Paul Vasey on the podcast. (Thanks to TradeKing for sponsoring the booth!)
Honeyfi: One shortcoming for some money apps is that you can’t quite sync them as a couple. Honeyfi is looking to fix that problem and add features liek chat and pictures to help you two share your finances how you want to in real time. It’s not available not, but you can sign up when they release their app.
People to Follow
I almost was going to skip this because there are so many thoughtful and encouraging people I can’t list them all and I hate to leave people out.
Toni from Debt Free Divas: My roommate and the reason I could make FINCON this year. She offered her room which was just what I needed after three payments for invoices were delayed. She is kind, generous, and fantastic!
Michelle from Shop My Closet Project: Another awesome roommate who was the night owl to my early bird. Michelle is the social butterfly/Kevin Bacon of the conference.
Chandrea from A Site She Will Start ASAP: No pressure! 🙂 A friend of Toni’s, this was my first time meeting her and I feel blessed. Sweet, funny, and smart she was so my fun to be around.
And I want to give a special shout out and big thanks to Philip Taylor of PT Money for starting FinCon. Since the first one back outside of Chicago, I’ve enjoyed going, mainly because of the sense of giving that’s been a part of this community.
Speaking of giving, every year there’s a project supported and for 2016 we prepared backpacks for a great organization, Monarch Schools.
I want to say thank you for reading, listen, and sharing! If you ever have a money question or want to share your story, please let know.
I want to help you build up your marriage and wealth.
As I’m preparing to head over to San Diego to attend FINCON, I want to pause and celebrate the upcoming second anniversary of the podcast.
After almost two years and over 150 episodes I’ve had so much fun learning from others how they’ve worked together to build up their wealth and marriage.
Thank you so much for your support and help!
Most Popular Couple Money Episodes
Loaning Money to Family (without Getting Burned): This is by far the most downloaded episode. Family and money can be difficult and what can be more stressful than loaning money to your family or the in-laws? Dorethia Connor came on to share some wonderful tips to reduce the stress and figure ou where to draw the line for your family.
Early Retirement in Your 30s: Mrs. Frugalwoods currently holds the record for fastest downloads for an episode. A recent show, I think a combination of her sweet personality, hardcore frugal skills, and a love for simplifying made her story a fun listen.
How to Get Out Of Six Figures of Debt: This episode is special to me for a few reasons. Brian from Debt Discipline was kind enough to be my first interview for the show. I also began to see how important sharing stories can be when talking about money and marriage.
Financial Independence with Todd Tressider: Todd has written some wonderful books that explain why those free financial calculators aren’t the best way even ballpark for retirement. He came on to talk about some misconceptions people have about early retirement and what you should focus on when running the numbers.