Spend on What You Value

Spend on What You Value

At the tail end of 2017, I signed up for my first only Brazilian jiu-jitsu tournament. In an effort to be competitive, I set a goal: lose 10 lbs. (This is because you compete by weight class.) Losing 10 lbs meant a strict diet of meat and vegetables. Now, as ridiculous as a strict regimen of…
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Cybersecurity: How to Protect Yourself Online

Cybersecurity: How to Protect Yourself Online

Why is cybersecurity so important? The internet is fraught with scammers and rip-offs. And since our entire lives live online, it’s more important than ever to learn how to protect yourself. [toc] Cybersecurity 101: Use Complex Passwords When it comes to playing it safe online (read: best cybersecurity practices), one of the best ways to…
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Donor-Advised Funds: The Best Giving Tool You’ve Never Heard Of

Donor-Advised Funds: The Best Giving Tool You’ve Never Heard Of

Donor-advised funds have become increasingly popular given the new tax laws in 2018. They have also become one of our favorite tax savings tips that continues to fly under the radar: Today, we are going to break it all down for you and explain: What a Donor-Advised Fund is (in plain English!) Why you should…
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These 3 Things are More Important than a 529 College Savings Plan

These 3 Things are More Important than a 529 College Savings Plan

529 college savings plans are important. But, they are not the most important thing new parents need to be thinking about. Speaking of new parents, it seems like everyone in my life is having kids. This includes: My brother My cousin My cousin-in-law Fellow professionals in the Financial Planning Association Friends from college My wife’s friends from…
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The Secret to Saving More Money: Tracking Your Spending

The Secret to Saving More Money: Tracking Your Spending

Consider this: You’re on vacation with your family at Lake Titicaca. It’s hot out. So, you decide to jump in the lake. But, before you do, you spot a sign. The sign reads: Caution! Giant killer eels in the lake. They will eat you for breakfast and not even think twice about it. Stay out…
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Dividend Investing Defined (& 5 Reasons To Stay Away)

Dividend Investing Defined (& 5 Reasons To Stay Away)

If you pay attention to financial pundits and money blogs, you have probably heard at least a handful of “experts” praise dividend investing. Let’s define dividend investing. Simply put, “dividend investing” is investing in companies that make regular cash payments to their investors. Some dividend investors roll this cash back into their investment. This allows…
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