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6 Steps to Create Your Self-Development Blueprint

​​What is a self-development blueprint?

It’s simply a game plan or a blueprint for improving your life and yourself.

We’re constantly growing and learning. It helps to make a plan. Learning is much more effective when it’s strategic.

Are you reading books, listening to audio and watching videos? Most of us are.

Are they getting you closer to your goals? Let’s start working on your game plan…


Purchasing a House With a Friend: 5 Things You Should Consider

If you want to own a home but just can’t seem to get the capital together for a down payment, don’t have the income to carry payments or don’t have the credit history to get the loan, you might consider purchasing it with a friend.

Two incomes are certainly better than one, and you’ll probably have a better chance if you have another strong candidate applying with you.

People buy houses with friends all the time, and while there is nothing inherently bad about it, you should consider a few things before taking the plunge.


9 Things to Make This Your Most Productive Week Ever

I came across 9 thing to make this your most productive week ever.

Who wouldn’t want to make this week the most productive week ever?

Doesn’t that just sound awesome? It’s actionable. It’s applicable.

I wanted to make sure these ideas were all as effective as they sounded.

So I tried this entire list for several weeks and got some awesome results. I included a small note after each number to tell you exactly what I learned about each one.

At a bare minimum, you must try #8. This was an eye opener for me.

Now it’s something I add to my schedule every week…


Before You Work More, Do This: 18 Simple Ways to Cut Expenses

You may think the key to having more money is earning more money.

But ​before you get a 2nd job, you should look at your expenses.

​What can you cut? What can you eliminate?

In America, we are famous for labeling our “wants” as “needs”.

​So, which areas should you be cutting back on?

To start, here are some ideas to save on communication, food, utilities and insurance…​


The Quick Guide to Education Accounts: 3.2 Tax-Free Ways to Invest for College

Should you save for your children’s education?

A better question is “should you invest for your children’s education?”

There is a simple cut and dry answer here…it depends…it’s really up to you.

Did I say cut and dry? Forgive me.

You are not obligated to pay for their college. It’s not your responsibility as a parent.

However, it is nice to be able to help them out. Here are the best ways to do it…


4 Common Mistakes That Investors Make

Investing is not a science: it is not possible to put your portfolio on autopilot and just watch your money grow, Grow, GROW.

There is no one fixed, guaranteed path that leads to investment success.

However, there are certain paths that will lead to guaranteed failure.

Before you know what to do, you must first know what NOT to do.

I’m going to go over 4 common mistakes the investors make…


9 Tools to Get the Best Price and Master Shopping on Amazon

Who doesn’t love shopping on Amazon?

It’s hard to beat the prices, but what if I told you that you can do better?

I’m not talking about shopping somewhere else.

I’m talking about better deals where you already shop. On Amazon.

Here are 9 tools to become a master shopper on Amazon…


5 Ways to Lower Student Loan Payments

Are your student loan payments too much to handle?

Don’t worry, because you’re not alone.

As of December 2012, only 54% (20 million) student loan borrowers, out of 37 million were actively repaying their student loans.

If you’re overwhelmed by your student loans and need to lower your monthly payments, here are 5 student loan repayment programs that can help:


5 Effective Email Hacks to Organize Your Inbox (and Keep it That Way)

​​How much time do you spend dealing with email? Too much?

You really don’t have to. Don’t let email steal your time.

There are ways to get organized and decluttered. And there are great tools out there to help you along the way.

Some things you are doing may be completely unnecessary and you can just cut them out all together.

Read on if you’re tired of letting email steal your time…


20 Foundational Financial Principles You Can Live By

MoneyMiniBlog 2.0 is here!

Every Monday, I’ll post an article to help you with your finances.

Every Thursday, I’ll post an article to help you be more productive.

Check out the new “Learn More About” link at the top of the page. Hover over it to learn more about getting started, budgeting, paying off debt, investing, saving money and credit cards.

Also, be sure to check out my new about page, while you’re here.

Let me know what you think of the new design and layout.

I’ve been putting together a list of the principles that this blog is founded on. Without further ado…

These are the 20 financial principles I’ve compiled over the last year…


9 Ways to Be More Productive [Infographic]

If you’re like me, you are always finding ways to be more productive.

Increasing your productivity is one of the quickest ways to accomplish your goals.

If you want to get better or learn about something new, you will need to “buy some time”.

We all have the same amount of time in a day.

It’s about how we use that time…


Doing Your Debt Homework: 3 Strategies to Plan Ahead for Student Debt

As of 2012, the average amount of student debt accrued by graduating students reached nearly thirty-thousand dollars.

For these graduating students, debt is a fact of life that they’ll be dealing with for around a decade after leaving their old alma mater.

Student debt can be prohibitive for many students, and the snowballing interest of forbearance makes it a highly unappealing option.

However, there are ways to brace yourself, or avoid payment entirely, by planning ahead when it comes to how to manage student debt before it becomes a problem.

Here are three strategies to consider when a future of student loan payments is just around the corner…


8 Little-Known Financial Benefits of Being in the Military

When you hear about the financial aspects of the military, you won’t get far without hearing the word “benefits”.

As we all know, the benefits range from pride in serving your country all the way down to your food allowance (BAS).

Why do we hear so much about the benefits?

Because the base pay isn’t that impressive, but once you add in the benefits, military pay doesn’t look too shabby.

The benefits go outside the realm of health insurance and allowances.

Let’s look at some benefits that the military has to offer that aren’t mentioned quite as often…


Why You Should Never Co-Sign (And 6 Things to Do Instead)

Type “Why Co-Signing” into Google and you will quickly see the suggested searches start with things like:

“Why co-signing is bad”

and

“Why co-signing is a bad idea”

Have you ever co-signed for someone before?

​Or have you ever had someone co-sign for you?

Let’s see why it’s so bad and what you can do instead of co-signing for a friend or family member…


6 Take-Action Steps to Get Out of Credit Card Debt

Do you know the total credit card debt of the United States population?

793.1 billion dollars.

Now you know. And now you have a sick feeling in your stomach. ​ At least, I do.​

Does that mean credit cards are evil? Nope.

It just means people are stupid uneducated.

That’s the problem. Here’s how to fix it…