Category: Money Milestones

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Breaking Down the Costs of Buying a House (With Real Numbers!)

As of this week, my wife and I have officially (and fully) moved into our new house. Although the process was extremely quick once we got started, boy was there a lot that went into it. In turn, I learned a ton along the way — which is why I've been...
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Did We Wait Too Long to Buy a House?

Back in 2016 — about a year after we relocated from Los Angeles, California to Springfield, Missouri — I wrote about how my wife and I were starting to think about buying a home and how we were dipping our proverbial toes into the process. Since then, we've gone up and...
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Finance After Death: Preparing for the Eventual and Inevitable

In the past, I've written about a number of Money Milestones that are usually pretty exciting ones to reach. Today... not so much. Instead, let's talk about a different kind of Money Milestone: dying. Yes, dying — that thing none of us wants to talk about but that all of...
2022

My 2022 Goals — Personal, Professional, and Money

And just like that, another year has nearly come to an end. For all of the challenges that 2021 brought, it sure did fly by. Now, with the new year just ahead, it's time once again to share some of the goals I have going forward. Just like with last...

A Crash Course in Starting and Growing Your Retirement Savings

Between the different accounts, contribution limits, taxes, and more, there’s a lot of confusion that surrounds retirement savings. However, when you break things down, it’s really not all that complicated. In fact, you can start saving for retirement with just a few dollars and grow it into something much more...

5 Tax Time Retirement Savings Options You Should Know About

With Tax Day 2018 just around the corner, now is the perfect time to consider your retirement savings options. In fact, in some cases, there may still be time to take advantage of the tax benefits these accounts offer in a bid to reduce your 2017 tax bill.
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Money at 35: Assessing and Appreciating My Financial Life

Yesterday, I turned 35 years old. I find this significant for a couple of reasons. First, it means that I've advanced to yet another box on most demographic surveys. Second, and likely more importantly, it means I'm now halfway to aging out of this website moniker! Kidding aside, this minor...
2021

My 2021 Goals — Personal, Professional, and Money

Welcome to 2021 — it doesn't seem that different, does it? Half-jokes aside, while the ghost of 2020 continues to haunt the start of this year, there is some hope on the horizon. And now that the year is officially underway, I figured it was time to share some of...
Make This World Better

5 Ways to Be More Generous (When You Can)

In the past, I've covered all kinds of what I call "money milestones" on this site. These range from having an emergency fund to starting investing, to buying a house and beyond. However, perhaps one of the biggest money milestones is having the means to be generous. Given the rough...
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The Top 3 Banking Accounts Options I'm Currently Keeping My Cash In

As I've bemoaned several times on this site before, I have too many bank accounts. That's because, when I review these products for Dyer News, I like to get hands on and really test them out for myself — not to mention keep up with the numerous updates. Truth be...

Basic Money Milestones to Achieve by 40

In today's society, when do you make the jump into actual adulthood? While some might stick with the traditional "18" answers, others would argue somewhere in the 20s or even 30s. So, when it comes to hitting 40, I guess that means you should really have your s*** together! Although...
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What I’m Learning About Dividend Investing

When it comes to investing, the end goal is almost always the same: make money. However, the paths you take to get there can vary. One such option that’s really grabbed my attention as of late is dividend investing. For some investors, dividends may just be an afterthought while, for...
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