104 Ways to Save Extra Money (New Ideas for 2021!)

Let's save some money! Here are 104 ways to save money. Why save money? Well, so you can afford your future. So you won't have to rely on credit to get you by. So you can do some fun things. There are lots of reasons to do it. Why 104? Because it's double my other list, 52 Ways to Make Extra Money and I like a challenge. Okay, let's get started with the savings... 104 Ways to Save Money 1. Get a Piggy Bank - Put up a piggy bank at your home. This creates a visual … [Read more...]

Best Automatic Savings (& Investing) Apps to Round Up Savings in 2021

Saving money has a lot in common with flossing: you know it’s important, professionals wag their fingers at you when they find out you’ve been neglecting it, and it seems like a major pain to get in the habit of doing. Luckily for reluctant savers, technology has come to the rescue in the form of automatic savings apps. (Unfortunately, automated flossing technology is still years away.) Even the most budget-averse user can … [Read more...]

How to Automate Your Savings (Step by Step Banking Guide)

We all want to save more money, but for most of us, that’s way easier said than done. Saving more money means you need not only the intent to save but also the discipline to follow through with it. Most of us have the good intention to save part down pat. It’s the action part that usually hangs us all up. When you automate and separate your savings, you’re setting up a system to regularly save money with automatic bank transfers to … [Read more...]

A Complete Guide To Savings Goals

One of the best financial goals you can have is to save more.  The more you save, the more security and opportunities you can create for yourself. If invested properly, your savings can also lead to the creation of income-producing assets, setting you and your family up for a lifetime of financial … [Read more...]

Teaching Kids About Money [The Complete Guide]

If you're like me, you want to teach your kids about money so that they can create a life of freedom and independence for themselves. Maybe you struggled with money a bit when you were younger, like me, and you don't want them to have to go through the same problems (credit card debt, not getting ahead, etc.). Here's the thing. You have the ability to help your kids succeed. By learning about money yourself, you're giving your … [Read more...]

The Complete Guide to 529 College Savings Plans

  Have you been thinking about saving for your child's future college expenses? Are you curious if you should get started with a 529 college savings plan? It took me three years from the time I started thinking about setting up a 529 college savings plan to actually open one up. It's one of those big financial check-offs that just seems to elude us...till it's too late. If you're like me, you're probably wrestling with … [Read more...]

ABLEnow: Accounts for People with Disabilities

Several years ago, my best friend Erika gave birth to a gorgeous baby boy she and her husband named Isaac. Fifteen months later, Isaac was diagnosed with autism. While the diagnosis offered the family some reassuring context for why Isaac reacted to the world the way he did, it was also a difficult time. It was clear that this baby's future would be different from what the family had hoped for him. Isaac is a teenager now. As … [Read more...]

How Much Cash Should You Keep In Savings? (Plus Where to Keep It)

They say everyone should have three-to-six months’ worth of expenses in an emergency fund. Unfortunately, if you follow this rule you probably have quite a bit of cash earning almost nothing in interest--and losing money to inflation. Where you save your money can be just as important as how much you have saved. Here’s what you need to know about where you should be stashing your rainy day money: Cash Savings at Home Anyone who … [Read more...]

The 4 Big Reasons Why We’re Fixing Our Finances and Pursuing Financial Independence

In the marketing industry people often talk about selling the benefits ("hey, look how this thing can change your life") vs the features ("hey, look at this thing with all the bells and whistles - here’s how to use it"). I’ve always been more of a features guy myself. I want to know the steps involved and understand the individual components that go into whatever it is I’m buying. Leave out the fluff. When it comes to "buying" the idea of fixing my finances … [Read more...]

How to Track Your Net Worth [+ My Net Worth]

You're probably reading this site because you want to see your financial life improve? Maybe move toward financial independence? Good on you, my friend! A great way to get better at something is to start tracking it. Let's talk about measuring and tracking your net worth. Simply put, your personal net worth is equal to your assets (the things you own) minus your liabilities (i.e. debts). The trick to getting an accurate number is to carefully examine what you … [Read more...]

052: Master Your Money (and Your Side Hustle) with PT

I can safely say that this episode of the podcast is unlike any other I’ve done. If you’ve listened to at least one other episode, you know that I interview someone new every week and find out all about when they decided to become a master of their money, what tools they use to manage their finances, and the one thing they’ve done that has had the biggest impact on their financial success. But today, PT is in the hot seat. I asked my friend and former guest on the … [Read more...]

52-Week Money Saving Challenge [Includes Printable!]

So you want to save more money? Today is as good a day as any to get started saving more. A fun way to kick your savings in high gear is by doing a 52-week money saving challenge. You simply start by saving $1 on week one. Week two, save $2. Week three, save $3 and so on until in week 52 you save $52. If you complete the challenge you will have painlessly saved almost $1,400! Having some extra money can help you build your … [Read more...]