There’s nothing wrong with having things, liking things and wanting things. Especially when you’re a kid. From our own personal experience though, we’ve found most of our joy in life has been derived from experiences – memorable, fun and rewarding experiences. In my never-ending quest to give my kids the best life possible, I reached … Continue reading "62 | Teaching Your Kids How to Set Financial Goals"
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Now that Nicole and I are mortgage free, we’re moving onto our next big financial challenge: Buy-and-Hold Rental Real Estate. Over the past year, I’ve been doing my best to educate myself in real estate by reading books and blogs and listening to podcasts on my daily commute. One of the podcasts I’ve been enjoying … Continue reading "61 | Financial Independence through Real Estate with Paula Pant"
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Abby Chao is the Co-Founder of CollegeBacker. She and her company are on a mission to make saving for college easy with the magical 529 account. Abby and I met a dinner in Dallas in October. Her enthusiasm for combating the $1.4 trillion student loan crisis in our country was inspiring. I had to … Continue reading "60 | 529 Account – Your Kid’s Ticket to Student Debt Freedom"
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Last month, we paid off our $400,000 home in just under 4 years. It took a lot of diligence, patience and teamwork between my lovely bride and I, but we’re proud to check this important family milestone off our list at 35 years old. We spent some time celebrating this fun moment in our lives … Continue reading "59 | How Do I Get My Spouse On Board With Budgeting?"
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Last month at a dinner in Dallas, I met Jeremy Hallett who is the founder of Quotacy. We chatted about his new company being a hassle-free resource for life insurance. He let me know that their big goal is to protect 1,000,000 families by getting them set up with affordable term life insurance. Evidently, there … Continue reading "58 | Protect Your Family With Hassle-Free Term Life Insurance"
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Earlier this week, I caught up with J from Millennial Boss. This 28 year-old working professional / entrepreneur sets huge goals for herself and crushes them. J was dealing with around $100,000 in debt from student loans, credit cards and a new car. Through creating multiple sources of income for herself, she was able to … Continue reading "57 | Creating Multiple Income Streams to Eliminate $100k of Debt"
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On a train to downtown Dallas for FinCon17, I randomly caught up with the Founder of Tiller, Peter Polson. Tiller is a customizable money management tool that harnesses the power of Google Sheets. Peter and I had an inspiring chat about family, business and how his company is helping people control their money and, in turn, … Continue reading "56 | Control Your Money. Control Your Life."
Last week, Nicole and I made a really FUN phone call. We reached out to our mortgage company and said that we’re ready to pay off our 15-year loan. It was awesome! I honestly can’t believe we’re here! After 4 years of extra payments and me repeatedly telling my patient wife the monthly balance … … Continue reading "55 | Money Plans After the Mortgage is Paid Off?"
From the expo floor of FinCon17, I’m speaking with Award Winning Personal Finance Author Erin Lowry about her new book Broke Millennial. Her goal is to help young adults to stop acting rich and get their financial life together. One of the major topics in the book is getting financially naked with your partner before … Continue reading "54 | Getting Financially Naked Before Marriage"
Increasing your savings, making more money and amassing wealth can have a huge impact on your personal finances. Your wealth can allow you to buy things that bring you joy, experience incredible vacations and create more free time for yourself. For some people, building wealth isn’t just about personal enjoyment. It is about leaving a … Continue reading "52 | Planning Your Family’s Financial Legacy"
Distraction can come in all different forms. It can be from unnecessary chit-chat with your colleagues at work, smart phone notifications or even being the “always on” parent. The constant challenge of blocking out the “noise” and focusing on the most important task can sometimes feel impossible. Today, we’re going to conquer distraction together. The … Continue reading "51 | Conquer Distraction at Work and at Home"
We have reached a true milestone today my friends. Episode 50! FIVE-ZERO! That means for the last 50 weeks, this podcast has been focused on helping you and your family win with money. I’ve shared my personal victories, failures and reviewed our family’s goals for the future. Additionally, I’ve interviewed over 30 experts and talked about all … Continue reading "50 | Meet the Hill Family – Nicole, Zoey (5) and Calvin (3)"
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Marriage is a beautiful thing. You get a best friend for life that loves you, laughs at your bad jokes and tells you when you have one of those stray hairs in your nose. Your spouse is your friend, your partner-in-crime and that person who simply tells you like it is. It’s all in the … Continue reading "49 | Simplify Your Marriage and Finances with a Budget"
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Each day we’re on this earth, we get a fresh opportunity to learn something new. We can learn a new skill, absorb new knowledge or improve our understanding about complex topics. With my podcast interview this week focused on ADHD, I feel like I learned in all three of these areas. In the past, whenever … Continue reading "48 | Superpower Advantages of ADHD with Peter Shankman"
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Have you ever walked into a Starbucks and seen that tip jar on the front counter and wondered, “How much should I tip? Or do I even need to tip at all?” Or have you ordered food to your house and the delivery person comes to the door and you think, “What’s a good tip … Continue reading "47 | How Much Should I Tip?"
From time to time, I receive questions from the Marriage, Kids and Money audience. I thought this week I’d shake up the show format a little bit by answering one of the questions I received recently about controlling expenses when we have a high income. Enjoy! Dear Andy, I saw Dave Ramsey live a couple … Continue reading "46 | With My High Income, Why Can’t I Get Ahead?"
Reaching financial independence takes a whole lot of drive and determination. It definitely does not come to us overnight. There are difficult steps that we must take to earn the truly awesome rewards that come with owning our own time and choosing the direction of our day. One of those major milestone steps is escaping … Continue reading "45 | Escape Student Debt, Build Wealth & Become Financially Independent"
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The concept of Universal Basic Income has received a lot of news coverage lately. Icons of industry like Richard Branson, Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk have all voiced their support for this “social-security-for-all” type system. With the increases in automation and technology, billionaires like Musk say Universal Basic Income will become “necessary” given the mass … Continue reading "44 | What is Universal Basic Income?"
When we're in sync with our spouse on our finances, life feels truly in balance. Here's 5 steps to incorporating financial transparency into your marriage.
Making the transition from a full-time career to a life of business ownership is not an easy road to travel. It takes courage, fortitude and a whole lot of passion for your new line of work. Entrepreneurial hours can be grueling and at times, the stress can weigh heavily on you and your family. If … Continue reading "42 | Full-Time Sales to Brewing Ales: When Pursuing Your Passion Pays Off"
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Billionaire Warren Buffett once said, “Never depend on a single income. Make investment to create a second source.” All of the entrepreneurs I’ve interviewed on my podcast (or really any other podcast for that matter) have taken Mr. Buffett’s words to heart. If you’re going to create some serious wealth for you and your family, diversifying … Continue reading "41 | How to Become a Millionaire by 30"
This fall, I’m attending a conference called FinCon. This 3-day event focuses on the business of personal finance media. Bloggers, vloggers and podcasters from all around the country come to grow their small business and learn how to provide the most value to their audience. Given that I’m slightly obsessed with personal finance, I am … Continue reading "40 | Building a Six Figure Conference from Scratch"
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Six years ago, I decided to go credit card free. I had gone through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace University where the credit card was labeled as the enemy of financial freedom. Since Mr. Ramsey’s advice had helped me in so many other areas of my financial life, like paying off our debt and getting proper … Continue reading "39 | How to Travel to Disney for (nearly) Free"
You have been persistent, you’ve become best friends with Zillow and your hard work has paid off. You have finally found your dream home. Now, it’s time for the important next step of choosing your mortgage. Some crucial questions start to pop into your head: Can we afford this home? What type of loan is … Continue reading "38 | Mortgage 101: Rates, Rentals and the Great Recession"
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Tomorrow is the 241st anniversary of the United States of America declaring its independence from Great Britain. While I’m preparing to spend a fun family day filled with hot dogs, beers and fireworks, I remembered that I also made a declaration of my own at the beginning of the year about my goals for 2017. … Continue reading "37 | How Are Your 2017 Goals Going?"