Why Money Doesn’t Solve Most Money Problems

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A quick caveat here:  this is written for most of us who have had lots of consumer debt, not those who find themselves with tons of debt through no fault of their own.   You can bet that the raise you are hoping to get is not going to fix your financial squeeze. I mean even if you were making what your boss is making, it will not fix your financial squeeze. There is a famous principle called Parkinson’s Law that essentially says that expenses rise to meet income.  So if you are having a hard time… Read Entire Story

How to finally get started with your business idea

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I remember sitting in my cubicle, with cloth walls surrounding me – or should I say caving in on me – with the sterile glow of a fluorescent light above my head. I had to stand up and look 50 yards in either direction just to catch a glimpse of sunlight. I still remember the best few minutes of my day were when I got to walk underneath a huge tree that stood just outside the building near the entrance of my corporate day job. To do this day, I don’t really understand why that tree inspired me to believe … Read Entire Story

Dear Friend/MLM Member: Please Don’t Do This

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For the purposes of the article I am defining Multi-level Marketing as any business that has a downline. Meaning members earn a percentage of the earnings of those they recruit.  I currently have family members in MLMs, some friends in MLMs, have been recruited by Primerica and many others, and my wife even sold Stella and Dot for a while. My point in all this is that though I haven’t joined any, I am well acquainted with them. While I am not going to argue for or against the merits of… Read Entire Story

How to become richer than Rockefeller

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John D. Rockefeller founded the Standard Oil company in 1870. He was the first American billionaire and one of the richest men to ever live. I am sure many people today wish they could have walked in his shoes. If, somehow they could, I think some would find it to be eye-opening. Are you richer than John D. Rockefeller? As wealthy as he was, Rockefeller might have had anything that money could buy. But what a few hundred dollars may buy today, couldn’t be bought with millions 150 years ago. Today, we have central heating and air conditioning, cars, planes, Tempur-Pedic mattresses, iPods, and millions of other gadgets. Even… Read Entire Story

My New Favorite Money-Saving Strategy That You Aren’t Using

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I just love finding new ways to save money.  It is kind of an addiction really.  And after spending years being a guinea pig with a lot of money-saving tips I created this 3-step process I used to help me save over 50% on almost all of my purchases. So today I just want to share a very simple strategy that is saving me money each month – check it out below! Buying Used Gift Cards Did you know that you can buy used gift cards at a discount – sometimes as much as 15% off the face value of the card?  So this essentially means that you can pay… Read Entire Story

How I made $2,145 Last Month by decluttering

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A few years ago I began a journey towards minimalism.  And not the weird kind where you sleep on the floor and only have one plate and one fork, but a kind where I question all my possessions and get rid of the stuff I don’t need. I had read a few books that were getting me inspired and then I had the great pleasure of spending some time with Joshua Becker who is one of the premier minimalism authors out there.  Spending time together… Read Entire Story

Why God’s way takes longer

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It is kind of like becoming a tree I was staring at a tree the other day just day-dreaming and kind of worrying about how long it was taking to get answers to prayer for a few issues in my life. I was reminded of… Psalm 1:1-3 How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers! But his delight is in the law of… Read Entire Story

How to get started investing in Real Estate for beginners

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I have been wanting to do some real estate investing for years, but just haven’t gotten around to it yet.  We all have our excuses don’t we? But a friend of mine, Brandon Turner, is part of the largest real estate investing website out there (BiggerPockets.com) and has been investing in real estate for years. And he is a really great teacher and communicator. So, I figured who better to ask some questions to. In the interview below I ask him a series of questions that I am curious about as a wannabe investor and that are pretty common questions that beginners typically wonder about. What type of real estate investing do you recommend … Read Entire Story

12 Ways To Turn a Bad Day Into a Better One

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They are inevitable. Bad days happen to everyone. But, there are things you can do to make them better. Here are a few ideas to get you started. Hopefully just reading this post will help, but actually DOING some of the things listed below definitely will!  So be bold and take action! 1. Play with kids. Even if they are not your own, just get around kids while they are just being kids. It is really difficult to not get cheered up while letting go of “being an adult” and just playing with a child. 2. Give someone a compliment. Not a fake one, but take the time to see something that someone else is doing well.  I heard someone say that the… Read Entire Story

My Checklist To Financial Freedom

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I am one of those people who loves checklists. Especially when I want to make progress in a particular area but don’t exactly know what steps to take. They tend to help me see the big picture a little bit clearer. Below is my personal checklist that I have been following.  It covers many of the steps I have taken over the last decade that have helped me move from being a financial mess to having at least a little bit of an idea of what’s going on with my money. Some of the listed items are bigger and will take a long time, and some of them are simple tasks that you can accomplish… Read Entire Story

7 ways I earn passive income

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I remember thinking, “You mean you can actually do work one time and get paid over and over again?”  And as someone who knew nothing other than working for an hourly rate, this was a truly fascinating idea. It was 10 years ago, and it was the first time I was presented with the idea of passive income streams… and it blew my mind. So, immediately after discovering what it was, I began searching for passive income strategies and ideas and quickly realized that this wasn’t going … Read Entire Story

The Ultimate List of 2017 Blogging Conferences

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This was created because I am always looking for great blogger conferences nearby and yet often seem to miss them – even when they are in my own backyard. So, my team and I created this beast:  The Ultimate Guide to 2017’s Blogging Conferences! Below you will find: Every detail you need to know about all the blogging conferences we know about (dates, cost, location, niche, etc) A calendar with all the conferences listed A interactive map with … Read Entire Story