The Definitive Financial Checkup for 30-Somethings (Part 1)

Average Wealth by Age

I get a lot of email from subscribers to our free weekly newsletter. It’s a great opportunity to connect with people and to share ideas about ways to improve our finances. Recently, a subscriber named Wanda emailed me with the following question: I am married and my husband and I are in our early thirties. […]

Published or Updated: September 30, 2013

Saving and Investing on Your Military Deployment

Saving Money on Military Deployment

This guest post comes from Spencer of Military Money Manual. This year I deployed for the first time with my squadron to a location in Southwest Asia. It was quite an adventure. I had a lot to learn about accomplishing our mission out there as well as all the opportunities for financial and personal growth […]

Published or Updated: September 9, 2013

5 Critical Financial Goals for 20-Somethings (Hint: One Goal Makes You ‘Poorer’)

Financial Goals

This guest post comes from my good friend Bob Lotich of ChristianPF.com, a personal finance blog with a mission to help you make, save, grow, and give money. I remember when I was 20 years old. I wasn’t financially savvy and ended up maxing out a credit card along with incurring other debts. It was […]

Published or Updated: September 5, 2013

Interview with Jean Chatzky (And Contest Announcement)

Jean Chatzky

Update: We have a winner! Congrats to Megan who won a free virtual personal finance class with Jean. For everybody else, you can still sign up for one or all of the six virtual personal finance classes with Jean Chatzky. This week I had the wonderful opportunity to interview Jean Chatzky. Jean is the financial […]

Published or Updated: September 8, 2013

Save or Repay Debt First–8 Factors to Consider

Target Debt

A lot of people wrestle with whether to pay off debt or save money first. It’s an important question because how you approach debt and savings can have a big impact on your finances. Recently I asked some readers the following question related to the repay debt or save first issue: Let’s assume an individual […]

Published or Updated: September 7, 2013

A Dead Simple Way to Track Your Net Worth

Net Worth Graph

If you’ve ever read one of Warren Buffet’s famous letters to Berkshire’s shareholders, you know that he starts each letter the same way. Each letter begins with how the company’s book value changed from the prior year. Here’s how he opened his must recent letter: In 2012, Berkshire achieved a total gain for its shareholders […]

Published or Updated: July 22, 2013

13 Things Every High School Student Should Know About Money

BMGF - Co-Chair visit to Charlotte, Durham and Raleigh, N.C. - September 2009

Have you noticed that most personal finance advice is written for people already in a financial mess? For example, one of the most popular personal finance books of all time is Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover. While that book has helped millions, it’s helped those who have made poor financial decisions. But what about […]

Published or Updated: July 11, 2013

Planning a Wedding without Starting Your Marriage in Debt

Frugal Weddings

You’re engaged! Congratulations! When’s the big day? Have you picked out your dress? May I see the ring? How many people are you inviting? The questions keep coming. Being a bride can be overwhelming, which is why it’s no surprise that people end up spending more than they planned. How much does the average wedding […]

Published or Updated: July 31, 2013

Sunday Morning Reading: 3D Printing Edition

3D Printers

There are a number of new technologies on the horizon that will change the way we live. From self-driving cars to drone deliveries, these technologies will reshape our world. Just imagine a day when there are no stop lights or traffic signs, no need for police offers to enforce traffic laws, and the ability to […]

Published or Updated: June 9, 2013