As a military member myself, I’ll be the first to say that most active duty service members have no idea what they’re doing when it comes to their finances.
It’s true that most people in general don’t have a clue, but it almost seems worse in the military.
That being said, when I do meet someone in the military who shares my love of finances, it’s an automatic friendship.
Enter my friend Eric. A retired Army Lieutenant Colonel and now a financial advisor for First Command.
With 20+ years in the service, Eric knows a thing or two about the military and he also knows about money. That’s a rare combination, which is what makes him so interesting.
Here’s what a retired Colonel taught me about money…
We are always trading our time for something. Everything we do is a trade-off.
If you want to be happy, accomplish your goals and live a fulfilled life, you’ll have to stop focusing on what doesn’t matter and start focusing on what does.
How do you do that? You’ve got to take your time back. Start by spending less time on these 5 things…
After months of research, I’ve finally decided to switch MoneyMiniBlog to a new web hosting company.
I was so excited about this company that I had to share how awesome they’ve been.
Whether you’re looking for a web host, already with a web host or even if you don’t have a website yet, you need to see why this company is the best. This is an important change for MoneyMiniBlog. Not only will this site load faster and be more secure, but you won’t ever have to worry about it being down when you visit.
If you have a site or ever plan to have a site, you can save yourself the research and take advantage of all the work I’ve put in to finding the best web host. Here are all the details…
I’m a walking productivity experiment.
I like to try new things and find new ways to increase my productivity. Then I bring you the results and let you decide whether or not to implement these things in your life.
I’ve been doing three new things that have really been working to make my life more productive and actually, all three of these are saving me money too.
These are kind of random, but brilliant and you won’t find these all over the internet like most tips. Here’s what I’ve been doing…
I remember when I didn’t have control of our family’s money. I remember it well…unfortunately. We were $24,000 in consumer debt. We had no emergency fund, no investments and no savings whatsoever. I had used most of my wife’s savings to buy a new drum set (because that’s what responsible husbands do, right?).
My wife had been through Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace course and honestly, she knew quite a bit more than I knew about money, especially managing it (well, and everything else related to money). She gave her input, but why would I listen? I was in my early 20s and I already had everything figured out. I didn’t need her input – I knew what I was doing. Yeah…
I’m not going to drown you in the tears of my past wrongdoings, but I am going to tell you why you need to take control, what happens if you don’t (from personal experience) and how to take control right now. Yes, today is the day that you will take control of your finances. Today is the day that you will change the course of your financial life. Sounds cheesy, right? Well sometimes the truth comes with a little cheese sprinkled on top, but seriously, you can change your financial future if you start today. Let’s do this…
What does Sam Walton and Colonel Sanders have in common?
They both started from scratch and turned a small business into a multi-million dollar enterprise.
I’m sure you’re familiar with Sam Walton’s Walmart, which is the world’s largest company in revenue, according to the Fortune Global 500. You’re probably also familiar with Harland Sanders, also known as Colonel Sanders, and his giant fast-food chain, Kentucky Fried Chicken. KFC actually ranks 2nd in sales among fast-food restaurants, only trailing behind McDonalds.
Here we have two companies with thousands of stores and millions in sales. Many would consider them among the ranks of other “evil corporations” that under-pay and simultaneously hurt the economy. You don’t have to go far to find an article about Walmart and how unfairly they treat their employees or about how they’re too big for their own (or anyone else’s) good.
So where is the line drawn? At what point do these small start-ups turn from being “just another business” to being corrupt, evil or too dominant?
You’ve heard how important it is to fund your own retirement.
You’ve heard that Social Security
may not won’t be there for you.
You’ve heard that you need to be investing in some type of IRA, 401k or some other retirement account that must be an acronym and may include numbers. However, you may not realize some things about those retirement accounts.
No worries! I’m here to let you know about six common retirement account misconceptions. So here they are…
Do you take advantage of your mornings? Or are you the type that likes to slip out of bed just in time to rush into work five minutes late?
You have about 25,000 mornings in your adult life. Make them count.
After you see these positive productive ways to start your day, I think you’re going to change your routine if you’re not already waking up early…
Time is like money – if you don’t tell it where to go, you won’t know where it went until it’s gone. And sometimes you won’t even know where it went after it’s gone.
In order for you to really maximize your hours everyday, you’ve got to know where your time goes, especially with the things you do day in and day out.
So before you start planning every minute and scheduling time for the most important things, you’ll need to figure out where your time is going right now. Start by asking yourself these questions…
Rich Dad, Poor Dad was one of the first books I ever read on finances.
I figured out about the book through a network marketing business I was involved with, though that didn’t really end well.
I enjoyed the book. I felt like it changed my mindset – mostly the way I thought about money and college, but a few years later, I started to notice that Robert had his fair share of naysayers. Most successful people do, so I didn’t think much of it, but then I read that he may be a fraud.
Furthermore, I learned that he may not practice what he preaches and that’s a big deal to me. If I’m going to learn from someone, I want to make sure they have achieved the results I am looking for; otherwise, I’ll go find someone who has.
That’s when I decided to do my own research. Here’s what I learned…
“There are few uses for a smart phone that are more productive than listening to a good podcast.” -Abraham Lincoln
If you’re into podcasts, you know there are thousands to choose from.
It can be overwhelming to find the best ones. And how do know which podcasts are the best? Reviews? Ratings? Recommendations?
I’ve been listening to podcasts for years and I’ve listened to the good and the bad.
I could put together a list of the top 100, but I’ll save your time. Why subscribe to hundreds of podcasts when there are plenty of old episodes to go through?
Even if you just listen to few, you’ll be busy browsing the archives for months if not years. So here are the top 10 best podcasts on productivity for 2015…
Sure, you can set an automatic transfer from your checking to your savings each month, but with that you still have to set the transfer amount.
With Digit, you don’t even have to do that.
It’s an intelligent service that not only saves your money automatically, but it determines how much to save by how much you can afford. You literally just link your account and forget about it. Digit does all the work for you.
I had a few questions, so I set up an interview with the founder of Digit. Here’s what I figured out and how you can use Digit for automatic savings…
Do you have cable? If so, how much do you pay? It might be more than you think.
I have internet. You probably knew that. However, I don’t have cable. You may have known that too. However, my internet provider offers cable packages, as most do.
This month, I received a letter from my internet provider informing me that basic cable is now free. Yes, free. As long as you don’t want billions of channels, you can now watch cable TV for free. You can also get a home phone line for free, but does anyone really remember what that is?
Apparently, basic cable is considered a “need” in the U.S. now. That’s why they’re doing this. The government says people need the news, thus, people need basic cable. If that were the case, one would think they would only give you the news channels for free. I guess that would make too much sense. Either way, I’m sure everyone who is getting it for free is only watching the news anyways, right??? Yeah…I know.
When I got this letter, my first thought was “oh, we could hook it up and have basic cable” and then my wife and I started to calculate the real cost of cable. Beyond the monetary costs. You might be surprised…
Dollar stores are interesting because they make their money by charging a dollar for everything.
So that means things that are typically $2 or $3 are only a dollar at the dollar store. That also means some things that are typically 50 cents are also a dollar at the dollar store.
Then there are stores like Dollar General, which isn’t really a dollar store at all, if you’re going off the “everything’s a dollar” idea. I suppose Dollar General just means everything is generally…close to a dollar, which is more accurate, but still a little shady if you ask me.
I want to be clear that this list is talking about dollar stores where everything is actually…*drum roll please*…a dollar. Dollar stores can save you money, but if you use them for all your shopping, you may be wasting some money. Also, it’s worth noting that some dollar stores accept coupons and that can be quite lucrative, so check into that with your local stores.
Here are 15 things you should generally buy from the dollar store and some ways to save even more money…
A couple weeks ago I wrote about the most important element of your productivity.
I talked about how energy is the foundation of your productivity. Without energy, you’re not going to do much at all.
Exercise is a big part of that. But a bigger piece of the energy puzzle is your diet.
How are your eating habits? Do they promote energy or diminish it?
If you want to adopt a healthier lifestyle and start eating better, I’ve got good news! It doesn’t have to be difficult and torturous. It’s actually quite simple. If you take it slowly.
Here are 5 ways to gradually adopt healthy eating habits over time…