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Giving Yourself Grace During the Holidays

The holidays are here and so is the holiday stress. We have the financial strain, our children’s high expectations, house guests, and maybe some family friction. Combine that with the fact that we eat more, drink more alcohol, and neglect ourselves. We’re supposed to be enjoying the holidays, but instead we dread it.

But what if we approached holidays differently?

Today we talk about giving yourself grace during the holiday season. Men tend to be hyper-critical and beat themselves up over not being able to do everything perfectly. It’s time to let that go. We’re going to make mistakes. We’re going to fall back into bad habits. We’re not always going to be the perfect husband or father, and that’s okay.

We all want to create the perfect Christmas, but beware of the holiday stress. Don't want to end up like Clark Griswold. #men #dads #fathers #dadlife #holidays Click To Tweet

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Benefits of Practicing Gratitude

The Life-Changing Benefits of Practicing Gratitude


We all go through ups and downs, and it’s easy to focus on whatever is going wrong in our lives, but being stressed and worried all the time works against us. A negative mindset literally makes us dumber! But we can shift our attitude by appreciating what we do have going for us.

Today we have on new Dad Edge Alliance member, Dwayne. He came into the group at an all-time low. His marriage was in trouble, he was in debt, and he was depressed. As he began to target all aspects of his life in the alliance, he also adopted the habit of looking at all that was going right.

Within a few months, Dwayne made incredible progress. His marriage is in a good place, he paid off 6K in debt, and is smiling again. Discover the other life-changing benefits of practicing gratitude in this short episode!

 

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Budget for Your Goals Jesse Mecham

The Easy and Effective Way to Budget for Your Goals with Jesse Mecham


Do you wince when you hear the word budget? It’s about as painful as the words diet or jail, but if you don’t budget for your goals now, you will never be able to enjoy life to the fullest and neither will your family. The majority of families are living paycheck to paycheck. Minor emergencies quickly send most people into debt. It’s no wonder that money issues are the number one cause of divorce.

Jesse Mecham is our guest today. He is the founder of YNAB (You Need a Budget) and is here to share his no-nonsense takeaways that will help you effortlessly budget money for everything you need and want in life. This show will outline the easy and effective way to budget for your goals so that you can live with less stress and make the most of the money your work so hard for.

You can call (a budget) whatever you want. But at the end of the day, you’re just saying 'what do I want my money to do for me?'—Jesse Mecham, founder of @ynab #finance #familyfinance #savings #debt #debtfree #money Click To Tweet

'I wanted to be a little bit in people’s face about the fact that they need a budget.'—Jesse Mecham, founder of @YNAB #budget #dads #fathers #men #family Click To Tweet

Jesse Mecham

Jesse has been married for fifteen years and has six kids! That’s right, three boys and three girls. With this size of a family, it’s no surprise he is passionate about budgeting.

Back when Jesse was still in school before finishing his masters in accounting, he and his wife Julie struggled to get by. What gave them their solid foundation and a good trajectory was that they knew their non-negotiables. Julie’s was to stay at home and raise her children. Jesse’s was to never, ever borrow money.

Jesse knew that in order to finish school without borrowing any money, he’d need an extra $350 a month to cover expenses. This vision didn’t change for a while, but these first steps to helping people budget were the beginnings of what YNAB is today.

'Once we transform our effort and time into currency, we don’t give it the attention it deserves.'—Jesse Mecham, founder of @YNAB #business #finance #work #money #savings #budget Click To Tweet

What You’ll Learn

  • The ‘YNAB’ budgeting methodology
  • What it means to ‘give every dollar a job’
  • How to discover what your true expenses are
  • How to be proactive instead of reactive about money
  • How a following a budget reduces stress and benefits your health, work, and relationships
  • Why not having enough money is almost never an income issue
  • The wrong ways couples go about money
  • How to deal with a spouse who is resistant to a budget
  • Why checking your bank balance is a poor source of information on your financial situation
  • YNABs revolutionary budgeting app
  • How the YNAB app relieves dads from being the bad guy who always have to say ‘no’ to spending
  • How budgeting can end up being fun
  • The huge monetary rewards of budgeting
  • What’s next for YNAB
  • Jesse’s dadly advice as the father of six kids!

YNAB. You Need a Budget

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quick wins for big money

Quick Wins for Big Money with Scott Alan Turner


When it comes to investing and saving money, we often overcomplicate things. We don’t have to make it so hard on ourselves. Financial rock star Scott Alan Turner is on the show to give us some quick and easy ways to save on monthly expenses that will add up to big money in the long run.

He also shares some amazing tips and resources – from increasing your earning power, to hiring companies to negotiate lower rates on certain bills. Take action now, get out of debt, and watch the money pile up!

Being in debt is not the American Dream with @scottalanturner #finance #money #debtfree Click To Tweet

Scott Alan Turner

Scott Alan Turner grew up in a blue collar home as one of five siblings. They had a simple financial lifestyle. He doesn’t remember his parents ever having car payments, credit cards, or debts.

Then when Scott got out of college, he learned all about debt. He had student loans and credit cards. As he began working and climbing the corporate ladder, he bought a Jeep and the biggest house the bank would finance for him. Scott ended up pretty normal as a single guy. He had a huge mortgage, a nice car, and was totally broke.

Scott soon realized that he didn’t want this kind of “American Dream.” He began listening to consumer advocate, Clark Howard, on the radio during his commute and realized everything he was doing wrong when it came to investing, insurance, utilities and lifestyle.

Since then, Scott has been “on a mad mission to help you get financial independence, ultimate happiness and a life full of awesome experiences.” He is also literally a rock star and plays lead electric guitar in several rock bands.

When you spend cash, you will spend less. @ScottAlanTurner #finance #creditcards #dads #fathers Click To Tweet

What You’ll Learn

  • How to lower outgoing expenditures
  • Why your financed car is really just a rental from the bank
  • The mind-blowing amount of money Americans spend on dining out
  • How to prevent yourself from over-spending on things like groceries, restaurants, and entertainemnt
  • The psychological pain that accompanies handing over your cash (as opposed to swiping your card)
  • How to keep your job during corporate layoffs
  • How to increase your earnings at work
  • Why you’re not getting promoted
  • How to “job hop” your way to a 5K, 10K, or 20K larger salary
  • How to shop insurance to save big
  • How to save on groceries
  • Why it’s better for your finances and your health to live more simply
  • How to set a good example for your kids
  • The new company that will negotiate lower rates for things like your cable and phone
  • The debt-free rebellion!
The rebellious lifestyle is to be debt free. @ScottAlanTurner #debtfree #lifestyle #family #finance Click To Tweet

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How to Pay Off Your Mortgage in Five Years with Andy Hill

Finances are a touchy subject that stresses the hell out of all of us. It can especially affect our relationships. Almost one out of every two marriages end in divorce, sixty percent of which are due to financial stress. For most dads, our main goal is to pay off our home mortgage. This seems impossible. How can we pay of a thirty-year mortgage in a matter of years? Today we have Andy Hill from MarriageKidsandMoney.com to tell us how he is paying off his mortgage in less than five years.

Pay Off Your Mortgage in Five Years?

Andy Hill and his wife have been married for seven years. They have two kids, a five-year-old girl and a three-year-old boy. Andy and his wife have been working hard since they’ve been married to create a life that is exciting and live their dreams. So when they bought their dream home, they knew they didn’t want to have the $200,000 debt hanging over them. They set an ambitious plan to work to pay the entire mortgage off in five years.

Today, they have only $29,000 left, which will be paid off at the end of the year. It sounds impossible, or painful, but Andy says it’s the little things that add up to big savings in their household budget that they funnel into paying off their house.

Budget Party

The first step is to get the spouse on board. This is not always easy, but Andy and his wife have a “budget party” once a month to discuss the budget strategy. Andy says not to start the conversation with what must be sacrificed. Make sure you highlight the benefits first. Imagine a life without a house payment? Where could you go? What could you do? Then do a detailed budget and see where all the money is going and start making cuts.

Where families can save money

  1. Pack lunches. You can stay healthier and not spend money this way. Andy saves $100 a month by packing his lunch for work.
  2. Analyzed grocery spending. Andy’s family spent an average of $900 a month on food. To cut back on this expense, they now shop once a week with a list and they stick to it. They switched from Kroger to Aldi and save about $300 a month now. Switch from more expensive stores to discount stores.
  3. Become an aspiring minimalist. Don’t let clutter accumulate. Don’t let things pile up in garage. Look around the house? Does anything you’re not using have value? Sell it online or have a garage sale. Spring cleaning can become profitable.
  4. Cut off the cable. There are so many alternatives to traditional cable. Look at your bill. Analyze the fees. Call and negotiate. Call all providers and find the best deal. Cut back to just internet service.
  5. Go to different stores for bulk items. Things like diapers and baby wipes tend to be more expensive at the grocery store. Go to bulk supermarkets like Costco for these items.

When you feel good about your money, you can do great things that make you feel like a great dad.

Structuring a Household Budget

Andy Hill and his wife set aside money for everything. They include date nights, vacations, and entertainment. Here is how he structures his budget categories:

  1. Transportation (car, public transport)
  2. Utilities, bills, cell phones
  3. Entertainment (game tickets, babysitters, dinners)
  4. Saving up for kids’ college
  5. IRA, retirement
  6. Food
  7. Giving (donations and charities, gifts)
  8. Health, doctor
  9. Home maintenance and improvement
  10. Kids activities (parties, swim lessons)
  11. Miscellaneous or forgotten stuff
  12. Emergency (three months of expenses saved up in case of job loss, natural disaster, etc.)

Andy Hill’s Dad Wisdom

Andy says it’s important to create dreams for yourself and put them out there. Set specific dates to get them done. Ask yourself how your financial goals can support the family you want to have. Do you want the next great thing? Or do you want to give to the world and have new life experiences?

 


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