Mini-Retirement Mastered: Michael and Ellen!

Do you have those friends you are just dying to introduce to all your other friends? In this new guest post series, I am so excited to introduce you to some of the amazing people I have met who are taking a mini-retirement too! They spill on all the juicy details of how they pulled […]

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10 Great Reasons to Start Blogging, and 3 Horrible Ones

Personal finance has many facets. Earning money is one of those. As well as our personal growth, impact, and contribution. This year I have grown this blog and helped others leverage a blog to grow their business. I see 10 main ways that a blog might be a great idea in 3 areas. Your current […]

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The Most Important Hidden Quality of a Tenant

It will make managing your own property almost too easy

There are a number of things that people look for when trying to find tenants for their properties. High credit score, great referrals, enough income. All of those are important for sure. But that isn’t the most important for us. We have always managed our own properties. We have looked at one hidden quality that […]

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3 Fixer Upper Factors in House Hunting

I was on the phone with my mom, walking her through pictures of a new rental property we were considering buying. In the background I heard my dad say, “Does she TRY to find the ugliest houses?!” Point taken. And it is a bit true. Buying investment properties is a game of numbers, not emotion. There […]

1 Rule We Used to Cut Our Grocery Bill in Half

“It’s expensive to eat healthy.” It’s something that gets said a lot. Except I don’t think that is true at all. I think it’s expensive to eat unhealthy. Now, it’s faster to eat unhealthy; processed food means less prep time. But not cheaper. If we really look at the price per pound of our food, […]

You Tube Renovation Tips for Building Sweat Equity

We have now renovated three homes all with knowledge learned from YouTube videos. Those renovations have allowed us to grow our net worth and passive income in ways we just wouldn’t have been able to afford otherwise. With each purchase, money was so tight, we couldn’t have pulled it off if we would have had […]

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Gap Year Budget

2016 Income and Expense Report

  How can a person afford to take a year off? Gap years seem to make sense for a 20 year old unsure about their life direction. But what about a 33 year old unsure about what the next season should hold? One with 5 little kids, 3 houses, and a dog? Well, the process […]

3 Kinds of Side Hustle

There is a lot of chatter out there about “The Side Hustle.” But not all hustles are created the same. Depending on your season in life and goals, there are 3 kinds to consider. The Quick Cash, Profitable MultiTasking or Professional Growth. If you know the difference between the 3, you can find the right hustle […]