It feels like just a couple of weeks ago, I was telling you about my first ever podcast appearance… oh, yeah, I was! Well, it’s time for my second guest appearance on a show. This time around I joined the 2 Frugal Dudes as a guest on their podcast. If you’re not familiar, the 2 Frugal Dudes are Sean Merron and Kevin Griffin. These are two great guys that aim to help their listeners in the personal finance realm. I met Sean at FinCon in 2017 and he graciously invited me to be a part of their show at some point. That some point came and here we are today. The show was a lot of fun and we had
There are some folks out there who are enthralled by the idea of taxes. The idea of working on their tax return actually excites them every year. I’m far from being one of those people. Taxes… borrrrring! Unfortunately, love ’em or hate ’em, if you’re in the U.S., you’re stuck with doing a tax return every year. There’s a part of taxes though that I don’t really get. It’s the idea that if you get money back on your tax return, you did something wrong. And the higher your refund, the more your year was botched. This year we got around $5,000 on our tax return (between federal and state). That’s quite a bit more than we usually get back.
Is retiring early really the best thing for our family? That’s the question Mrs. R2R sought to answer. Since the Route to Retire blog started in May of 2015, I’ve been hoping to get the other side of the R2R equation (Mrs. R2R) to be a part of the conversation here. It’s easy to get the opinion of one person on the subject of financial independence and retiring early. However, it’s a completely different story to hear what that person’s better half has to say about the subject. Sometimes you have a saver and a spender in the relationship. Maybe you have someone ready to retire early and someone who really enjoys working with no plans to ever stop. Getting
One of my goals for 2018 was to start opening myself up a little more and doing a podcast appearance every now and again. It’s one thing to read what a blogger has to say, but it’s another to actually hear him or her talking. I know that I start to feel more of a connection with some of the podcasters and guests I listen to. The good news is that I met Pete from Do You Even Blog at FinCon this past year. We got to talking and we discussed the possibility of me doing an appearance on his show. We eventually lined up a date for late January to make it happen. Since this would be my first podcast appearance,
I’m struggling. I’ve been very careful to keep politics and other sensitive issues out of my blog. We all have our opinions, of course, but I just don’t think this particular blog is the right place for that kind of discussion. So I’m going to try to keep this high-level on that front, but there’s something that’s affecting me deeply right now. Unless you’re living under a rock, you know about the shootings that have been happening in our school systems. And like most of us, I’m utterly filled with disbelief when these things happen. The recent shootings at the high school in Parkland, Florida on 2/14/17 are no exception. I was just in awe and felt tremendous grief for
It’s nothing new to hear that if you’re in the red, you should make it a priority to get out of debt. Let’s face it, debt sucks. We all know it, but here in the U.S., we just can’t seem to stay away from it. NerdWallet states that the average household that has credit card debt is carrying a balance of $15,654… ouch. And that doesn’t even count other forms of debt – mortgages, car loans, student debt, etc. Ok, so what? Is it really that big of a deal? If you’re in debt now and you’re reading blogs like Route to Retire, chances are you’re already working on digging yourself out. However, I implore you to push yourself to