Cutting Expenses is Great, But Here’s the Problem…

Cutting Expenses is Great But...

In an effort to help in cutting expenses, I just changed our cell phone provider.  Here in the part of Ohio where I live, Verizon is the logical choice for a phone provider as they are the most prominent and basically lack any dead spots. I’ve been with them since the beginning – from GTE Wireless, to the transition to Alltel, to the transition to Verizon.  It just made sense.  However, although the pricing is Ok, it’s not great. Last week, I just moved us to Total Wireless.  We’re still using the Verizon backbone and their Bring Your Own Phone program meant that, in a nutshell, nothing changed for us.  The exception is we went from sharing 3 GB of data to sharing 8 GB. Isn’t

My Funding Strategy for Investment Accounts

My Funding Strategy for Investment Accounts

I’ve had friends that have asked what my strategy is for funding my investment accounts.  In other words, what order do I recommend contributing to various retirement accounts? This topic’s definitely going to vary based on your own specific circumstances.  Things like employer matches and tax-advantaged accounts make a difference in which accounts make the most sense for you to fund before others. Depending on what your game plan is and what options are available to you can make all the difference in which investment accounts to fully fund first. Regardless, I thought I would share the strategy I’m currently using for our own investment accounts. Before we get rolling though, please note that I’m not a Certified Financial Planner, or

Will You Be Part of the 1% to Be Financially Independent by 50?

Will You Be Part of the 1% to Be Financially Independent by 50?

If you’re not familiar with Paula Pant from Afford Anything, you should take the time to check out her site… especially her podcasts, which are fantastic. I’m usually a little behind on my podcast rotation, but I just listened to another good one recently that fascinated me.  Clark Howard was her guest in #47: How to Stop Being Your Own Worst Enemy. I’ve always enjoyed Clark Howard – I’m not sure if it’s how down-to-earth he is for a guy who reached financial independence at 31 or just how happy the guy always seems to be. Either way, my wife and I used to really enjoy watching his show that was on HLN a number of years ago. What really stood out to me

$1 Million Net Worth… Now What?

$1 Million Net Worth... Now What?

Yup, you read that correctly… we now have a net worth of just over $1 million. I logged into Quicken today, updated all my accounts, and was excited to see this: Holy schnikes, a million dollar net worth!  It seems so surreal to think that we’ve reached such a big milestone. I’m really proud of how far we’ve come in our journey to financial independence. By keeping our expenses low, saving and investing as much as we can, and creating additional wealth through side hustles and real estate, we’ve really made some major strides in our financial future. Initially, we cut back on just a few things and saved the difference.  But over time, we’ve found that as we eliminate a lot of the