How My Family Cut The Cord

This is part 2 of 2 about cutting the cord. If you missed part 1, read it here.

Introduction

It’s been 4 years since my family last had cable TV in our home and closer to 7 years since we first canceled it. We re-subscribed in 2014 when we got a really good one year promotion, but canceled it for good when that deal expired. We really haven’t missed cable over this time period. Below are the details on how we cut the cord and never looked back!…

Movie Review: Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things

Minimalism Movie Poster

Introduction

Minimalism is a documentary from the two men behind The Minimalists Website , Joshua Fields Millburn and Ryan Nicodemus. The movie follows Joshua and Ryan as they embark on a book tour to promote their latest book, which I assume is Everything That Remains: A Memoir by The Minimalists, based on the publication date. Interwoven between clips of them on tour, are snippets of interviews with other men and women talking about minimalism and other adjacent ideas.…

Why My Family Cut The Cord

Introduction

It’s been about 4 years since my family last had Cable TV in our home and probably closer to 7 years since we first canceled it. We re-subscribed in 2014 for one year when we got a really good promotion, but canceled it for good (most likely) when that expired. I will go into detail about how we canceled our cable in a later post. But I wanted to go into a few reasons about why we canceled our cable in today’s post.…

My Favorite Food Bloggers

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Food bloggers, recipe creators, influencers, lifestyle brand, call them whatever you want. The “Food Blog” is a trend that is here to stay. Many of the websites I list below started as hobbies that eventually developed into a full time gig. Ree Drummond turned her food blog into a food empire, beginning with the Food Network hit The Pioneer Woman. While not on the same popularity level as Ree, here are my favorite places to find healthy and affordable recipes to feed my family.…

5 Money Lessons I Wish I Knew In High School

I feel like overall I have made decent decisions with my money since I entered adulthood. By no means have I been perfect, but I have mostly avoided dumb mistakes. That said, I feel like there are a few concepts that I wish I had known when I was younger. Knowing these would have put me on an even greater financial footing. Here are five money lessons I wish I knew in high school.

The Magic Of Compounding Interest

The concept of my money making money was not something I was aware of in high school.…

Radius Bank Hybrid Checking Review

Late last year I heard about a checking account that paid a 1% interest rate via a sponsorship of the Afford Anything Podcast. I was intrigued as I had not been particularly happy with my current brick and mortar bank. This post is a review of the product that was advertised, the Hybrid Checking account from Radius Bank.

Full Disclosure: These are my thoughts as a customer of the bank for the past four months.

How We Paid Cash For Our Last Car

One of the talking points of personal finance that many “experts” can agree on is that taking out a loan on a depreciating asset is foolish. You are making payments on something for years that will never be worth more than the day you bought it. The biggest example of this is a car.

While eliminating a car loan is something that most people can’t do, it’s something my family did in 2016 when we purchased my Honda Accord.…

Is the Costco Executive Membership worth it?

About six or seven years ago, a new Costco opened just down the road from us. We had never been a Costco member before but heard many positive comments on their warehouses. We decided to join but immediately we had a question.

Membership Options

The question myself and many others have when first visiting a Costco is what membership should you choose? You have two options when joining, Gold and Executive. Gold membership is $60 per year and Executive membership is $120.…

New Years Money Resolution for 2019

picture of multi-colored sticky notes with the word "Resolutions" spelled out above them.

It’s almost March but there is no time like the present to discuss New Years resolutions. I’m not a huge fan of making these, but I do feel like the turn of the calendar year is a good time to look back and reflect on the previous year. What did you do well, what needs improvement, have any of your goals changed? These are just some of questions I like to reflect on as I head into a new year.…

6 Frugal Things To Do With A Tax Refund

Tax season is here and some of you may be getting a refund. Rather than blow it on a big screen TV or other non-essential items, why not choose a more frugal options. Below are six frugal options for your tax refund.

Emergency Fund

If you do not have an emergency fund, now is the perfect time to start one. As the name simply says, it’s a place where you stash money in case of emergency.…