Financially Preparing For College

No matter who owns the 529 plan, your child will receive less financial aid for being a recipient of the account’s funds, and for a significant majority of Americans, the implied effective tax rate of the financial aid reduction exceeds their Federal income tax rate…

Non-Discretionary Optimizations: Cell Phone Bill

A recent demonstration of my savviness was changing my cell phone service provider. I simply could no longer tolerate paying $45 per month. Notably, by this comparison alone, the average American could save $420 a year if they just changed to the plan that I have deemed to be no longer bearable…

Non-Discretionary Optimizations: Deductibles

With just two phone calls, my wife and I have effectively reclaimed $1,644 per year just by making subtle changes to our vehicle and home insurance policies. There is nothing quite like some simple math to show you the fallacy of your ways…

Guaranteeing An Inheritance For My Son

One characteristic of living in a consumerist society is that individuals are not taught how to save for their future, yet alone the future of their children. Whether due to ignorance, fear, or wanting to seem cool, nearly all parents and teachers will fail to…

Delicious $3 Meals

If you read the previous post, you know that a good turkey sandwich is one of my favorite things to pack for lunch. As a follow up, here is a cost analysis for the four other lunches that I mentioned are favorites of my wife and I. Additionally, I have also included two easy bonus lunches for your enjoyment. My hope is that after seeing how to potentially save yourself over $1,100 a year, you will feel well equipped to easily implement practical changes in your life in order to realize the same kind of savings!..

Making Your Lunch Has Saved You How Much Money?

Hey New Dad, what does this have to do with you being a new father? I am glad you asked. For the last six years, my wife and I have brought our lunches to work practically every day. According to my conservative estimates, this has saved us over $6,600!..

Creating A Legacy Letter

Brace yourself, things are about to go up a notch! It is a sobering thought to consider that whether by accident, disease, or act of God, I might not live to see my son’s first birthday. Although the likelihood that this will occur is significantly low, as a father, the fact that this prospect exists is reason enough for me to make arrangements now…

15 Easy Things To Do In Preparation For The Birth of Your Child

As a recovering Type A personality, I constantly face the internal predicament between wanting to be as highly optimized as possible and choosing to enjoy the present moment without over analyzing it. This is one of those times in which the former wins out! As a result, and hopefully for your benefit, the following list contains 15 things that I either did in preparation for the birth of my son, or in hindsight, wish that I had done in preparation for his arrival…

Trim The Fat Off of Your Expenses

Building margin into your monthly budget by cutting back your expenses and changing your spending habits may sound like a daunting task. However, by the time you have finished reading this article, I hope that you will feel more motivated, more capable, and more empowered, to start saving for the day that you and your partner decide to start a family. If you have already started a family, it is never too late to start optimizing your finances!..

The Gerber Baby Photo Contest

As a new parent, one of the thoughts that I frequently have is how can I be best prepared to afford my son’s future college tuition. In addition to pursuing various college hacks, a super simple thing, that every parent should spend a few minutes doing, is to apply for the Gerber Baby Photo Search Contest…

Have You Considered Affording A Child

I like to think that I take time to consider variables before making decisions. In fact, I do not think that anyone who knows me well would say that I am impetuous or impulsive. As a result, there were many things that I considered in the year leading up to trying to start a family, as well as during the pregnancy itself, not the least of which were the monetary implications…

Loving Your Partner Through Cleaning

Soon to be fathers, something that you will progressively come to understand is that as your partner’s pregnancy approaches its end, it is very likely that your partner is not going to be the benevolent, caring, loving, generally pleasant person with whom you remember deciding to have a baby. However, do not feel sorry for yourself. After all, you are largely responsible for depositing the little human being that is growing inside of her,..

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