After 20 Years on Quicken, I’m All-In on Personal Capital

After 20 Years on Quicken, I'm All-In on Personal Capital

I’ve been using the Personal Capital financial software now for the past few years.  However, I’ve only been dipping my toes in with it… until now. Quicken’s been my go-to software for just over 20 years.  I stumbled on it back in 1999 when I first started at the career I just retired from.  I was hired in as an engineer to fight the scary Y2K bug and Intuit was giving away their Quicken 98 software for free as a fix to anyone running older versions. I decided to install the software just to toy with it.  I entered in all my accounts and ended up being appalled at what I saw.  I owed about $30k in credit card debt and just

The Breakdown of Our Net Worth Savings & Investments

The Breakdown of Our Net Worth Savings & Investments

I’ve been considering providing a breakdown of our net worth for a while now.  I’ve held off for a couple reasons though: For some reason, this isn’t very common for many bloggers to do.  We seem to consider this to be sacred territory and almost taboo. I’ve been making a lot of changes and wanted to let the dust settle a little before talking about this. Well, I love breaking taboo – if you’d ask my friends, they’d tell you how I tend to say things that seem inappropriate, but are usually what everyone is thinking.  It might be some stirring the pot but it gets some good conversation going! When our net worth hit the $1 million mark back

The 4 Worst Words for Your Financial Future

The 4 Worst Words for Your Financial Future

I’m about to share something important with you.  Four words that might be the worst in the English language and can crush your financial future. We’re all at different points in our financial lives and we all have different goals.  However, I think it’s safe to say that we’re all here for the same reason – we want to be sure that our future is financially stable. In my own life, I started to recognize a common theme that has bitten me quite a number of times over the years. It’s a mindset that I have and didn’t even realize it until recently.  I also think that the majority of people tend to think the same way. So what are

Why Less Is More and Bigger Isn’t Better

Why Less Is More and Bigger Isn’t Better

I’ll leave the “bigger is better” jokes up to you guys.  But, if you’ve been around the personal finance blogosphere long enough, you’re bound to hear things like that or “less is more” or some other variations of the phrase. To me that just seemed obvious – sure, if you want to cut your costs, eliminate your cable or drive a used car and **poof** you’ve saved a few bucks.  Frugality at its best. However, I’ve learned that spending less can actually lead to much bigger savings that I wasn’t even thinking about. Sometimes when you spend less in one area, it has a domino effect in other areas that make the costs even less overall.  And in some cases,

Is One Million Dollars Enough to Retire On?

Is One Million Dollars Enough to Retire On?

One million dollars.  It’s the coveted goal for many. Maybe it’s something you think is way out of reach.  Or maybe you’re on the other side of the spectrum and close to it or even long surpassed that number. Regardless, one million dollars just seems to be a good round number in our heads to strive for reaching.  In fact, it’s a number that many folks have had as their target number for financial independence or retirement for decades. You suddenly gain the status of “millionaire” and you become part of the “7-digit club.”  What could be more exciting than that? However, we all know that the dollar ain’t worth what it used to be.  Inflation loves to strip away

For Those Who Hate Budgeting, Try Reverse Budgeting

For Those Who Hate Budgeting, Try Reverse Budgeting

Last week, I talked about money throughout my life.  I’ve had my ups and downs with it just like most folks.  What I didn’t talk about though is my hate for budgeting. I’m probably one of the most organized people with a good old case of OCD you’d love to know.  I need structure in order to operate.  For me, everything has its place and making a plan is always the smartest way to do something. It’s actually soothing for me to do little things like putting away the dishes from the dishwasher.  I think that’s because I feel like order is being restored and everything’s going back in the cupboard or drawer it belongs in. I sound like a