How To Apply ‘Getting Things Done’ To Your Finances

How to Apply "Getting Things Done" to Your Finances

Recently I read the 2015 edition of David Allen’s widely popular book, Getting Things Done—The Art of Stress-Free Productivity. The previous edition was an eye-opener for me, although to be honest, I didn’t implement his system. This time is different. I’ve jumped head first into the GTD cult. In this article I’m going to walk […]

Published or Updated: July 23, 2015

What if . . .

what if

My brother and I were playing chess they other day. He had a winning move that we both missed. After the game we found it, and why we both missed is the inspiration for this article. The move we missed involved moving his Rook next to my King. My King would have been in check, […]

Published or Updated: June 17, 2015

10 Personal Finance Myths Busted

10 personal finance myths busted,

Hell, there are no rules here – we’re trying to accomplish something–Thomas Edison If you spend any time reading about personal finance, you’ve no doubt encountered a ton of rules. Whether it’s that credit cards are evil or that school loans are ‘good’ debt, these rules all have their place. A problem arises, however, if […]

Published or Updated: May 11, 2015

Financial Freedom Calculator – How Much Should You Save?

Financial Freedom

How much should you be saving? It’s a question that we ask a lot, and there are a number of rules of thumb. One answer is based on the 50/20/30 budgeting system. Popularized by Senator Elizabeth Warren, this rule of thumb suggests we should be saving 20% of our income. Any general guideline, however, has […]

Published or Updated: May 12, 2015

DR 147: 10 Ways to Invest $10,000

Asset Location

A few weeks ago in the Dough Roller weekly newsletter I asked the following question: “What would you do if you came into $10,000?” I received a lot of answers.  What surprised me about the responses were how similar they were.  The varied in the specific details of how people would spend $10,000, but they shared […]

Published or Updated: January 8, 2015

DR 144: 6 Keys to Setting Financial Priorities

Financial Goals

Choosing between competing financial priorities is one of the hardest things to do in all of personal finance. Over the years I’ve received countless email from readers asking variations of the same thing related to financial goals. Should you pay off all of your debts before you begin investing? Should you fully fund your retirement […]

Published or Updated: January 6, 2015

DR 141-6 Reasons to Pay Cash for a Car (and how to actually do it)

Pay Cash for Cars

Financing a car is almost an automatic step. With the cost of the average car in the neighborhood of $32,000, very few people pay cash for a car. Yet this is just one of many times we shouldn’t go with the flow. There are plenty of reasons to pay cash for car, as well as […]

Published or Updated: December 29, 2014

DR 140: The Best of 2014

Best of 2014

It’s instructive and even inspiring to look back over the last year to see how you’ve lived. Reflecting on the good times and bad help us learn, grow and improve. So I was grateful to receive this email from a reader named Neil: Are you going to do a Best of 2014 show? I know […]

Published or Updated: December 27, 2014

DR 135: How a Single Mom of Three is Achieving Financial Freedom–Interview with Christa Miller

Christa Miller

Imagine going to college while raising a young child. Imaging graduating from school with more than $200,000 in student loans. Imagine starting a new career as a single mom raising three children. Imagine tackling more than $15,000 in credit card debt. I give you Christa Miller. In today’s podcast she shares her story. We talk […]

Published or Updated: December 9, 2014