2010 Couple Goal: Improving Our Diet and Losing Weight

We’ve seen the scale creep up over the last 3 years and we’ve had enough. We want to be healthier and we’re going to encourage one another. Changing Our Diet Now, I’m not talking about switching to all salads and water, but I am talking about making small calculated changes to what you eat over […]

How to Quickly Create Your Retirement Plan with Spreadsheets

Want to learn how much you need to retire? Try these free retirement spreadsheets and get your number! One of the purposes many families turn to Microsoft Excel for is working out their retirement plan in an easy and quick manner. This type of number crunching and planning is exactly the kind of math that gives […]

Career Advice from Conan O’Brien

I was checking the news today and I noticed that Conan O’Brien announced that he will have a new show on TBS next fall. I’ve been a casual fan of Conan and recent events have definitely been interesting to watch. 3 Key Lessons from Conan O’Brien Today, though, I had another thought come to me when […]

Debt Reduction Strategy Guide

As I mentioned last week, it would be a good time to jump start acting on a financial goal and motivate each other to accomplish it. This month would be perfect to get a jump-start on  getting out of debt. It’s never too late to get started on your money goals  and I think by […]

Still Time to Open and Fund Your IRA Before April 15th

Deadlines for Contributing to Your IRA Tax day, April 15, is fast approaching and I know some people are still working on getting their taxes done.  The good news is that waiting a bit later to do your taxes gives you some extra time to open and fund your individual retirement account, whether it’s a traditional or Roth. I […]

Pay Off One Debt This Month

It’s already April and I can not believe how quickly the year is going.   I was inspired by accomplishing one of my 2010 financial goals and consolidating my student loans. The process of actually doing it took about 15-20 minutes.  Even though it was something quick, it will have a big impact on our […]

Net Worth Review: March 2010

Since it’s the first week in April, it’s time for me to run the numbers and check out our net worth as of the end of March. I can tell you right now, March was BUSY! Besides our first mortgage payment, we also made our last rent payment at the apartment, so we had to be […]

Finally Consolidated My Student Loans

Last month, when I reviewed our net worth I mentioned that I would stop procrastinating and get my student loans consolidated and refinanced. I’m happy to say I got it done. It’s not a huge and dramatic goal, but I achieved it. Having small goals can push you further along your big picture dreams. Consolidating Federal Loans […]