Why Do I Suck So Much at Giving to Charity?

Why Do I Suck So Much at Giving to Charity?

I’ve realized over the past year or so that I really suck at giving to charity. Sure, I do a nice job of donating clothes to Goodwill throughout the year.  However, Goodwill tends to have a bad rap when it comes to pay and where donated clothes actually go. Because of the question marks we tend to have on the organization, we’ve shifted more toward donating clothes to Volunteers of America most of the time. I also consistently donate a ton of books to the library, but they’re generally books I bought from the library in the first place. I buy books from the library books sales for my daughter… a lot of books!  Then after we read them so

Why the Rich Get Richer

Why the Rich Get Richer

Have you ever heard the saying “the rich get richer”? It’s the go-to cry of the American working man and woman against the inequality that seems to arise when more fortune seems to fall on the wealthy. I started thinking about that saying recently and you know what?  I think it’s true. It’s not that hard to see that the middle class is slowly being squeezed out.  Wages for middle-class Americans have been relatively stagnant while prices continue to rise. On the flip side, the wealth of the top 1% continues to grow to tremendously disproportionate levels. But why is that – is there a reason that the rich get richer? The more I thought about it, the more I

The Three-Year Blog Post… Finance Lessons Learned

The Three-Year Blog Post… Finance Lessons Learned

3 years.  That’s what this blog post marks… three years of blogging on Route to Retire. For new bloggers, this might sound like a long time.  However, I look at some of the others out there who have been doing this for over a decade – like J.D. Roth at Get Rich Slowly or J. Money at Budgets Are Sexy.  It’s then that I realize I’m still somewhat of a rookie in the blogosphere. I’ve consistently posted a minimum of once a week (haven’t missed a week yet!) and I’ve seen a steady increase in both readers and blog income. On last year’s anniversary, I talked about what I’ve learned about blogging.  That seemed to help a lot of newer bloggers out.

Um, I Was Told to Stop Talking to My Kid About Money…

Um, I Was Told to Stop Talking to My Kid About Money…

Everyone has opinions on how kids should be raised.  And there really are no perfect answers.  However, I never thought there’d be a day when my own parents would tell me to stop talking to my kid about money. But that’s exactly what happened. If you’re not familiar with my daughter, she’s a stellar writer on the Route to Retire blog.  Her post Like Father, Like Daughter… got some pretty good attention – including making it onto Rockstar Finance. She’s seven and an extremely bright kid (I think most parents say that about their kids).  She’s kind to everyone and has a great sense of humor.  She’s artistic and loves gymnastics. But one thing that makes her a little unique is she’s

Why Spider-Man’s Path is Like the Journey to FIRE

Why Spider-Man’s Path is Like the Journey to FIRE

Thought we’d try something a little different in this post for those of you interested in the journey to FIRE (Financial Independence / Retire Early). It’s time for a little analogy on how a hero’s journey is similar to the path to FIRE! You might notice that in a good number of the hero stories and movies out there a pattern seems to take place.  Well, that’s because there’s actually a twelve-step plan they like to follow. Don’t believe me?  Here’s the blueprint for these important storytelling moments.  No, don’t leave this post yet – I’ll go through these twelve steps with you. But more importantly, I’m going to take you through how that pattern and how it relates to the

Are Your Posts Worthy of Rockstar Finance?

Are Your Posts Worthy of Rockstar Finance?

Recently, I was given the opportunity to serve as the guest curator for Rockstar Finance. What’s Rockstar Finance you may ask? Only one of the coolest sites in the personal finance space. Rockstar Finance was started in 2013 by J. Money from Budgets are Sexy and then bought by John from ESI Money in 2017. Every weekday, the site features three of the best posts from the personal finance blogging realm.  An email is also sent out with the featured posts to its large subscriber base. If you’re a personal finance blogger, you likely already know about Rockstar Finance.  If not, you should get to know it. The huge number of daily visitors to the site and the large number of