What I'm reading to learn more about financial independence

What I'm reading to learn more about financial independence

I haven’t published anything in quite some time because we’ve been relishing in our new found freedom! Being married to a PhD student, at least in this particular program, is quite the test in year 3 of the program. Last year my husband spent all year reading a mountain of books in preparation for his comprehensive exams. No vacations. No weekend trips. He worked evenings and Saturdays in addition to his regular work days while I picked up more of the childcare and cooking to help him succeed. (By the way, he passed!) You aren’t here for a lesson on marriage, but I’m going to share one anyways. While we aspire to an egalitarian marriage, there are some seasons in which one of you will be doing more of the domestic “stuff” and that’s okay. Not saying it was easy - it wasn’t - but I was fortunate that my job was less intensive this past year than in previous years when he did more childcare and cooking. 

We are taking more weekend trips and planning vacations now that...

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Make Mint work for you: 4 hacks you can use now (and did someone say bonus?!)

Make Mint work for you: 4 hacks you can use now (and did someone say bonus?!)

“SO WHICH BUDGETING TOOL SHOULD I USE?”

I get asked this question a lot by clients who are new to active money management. They want to know what the best app or system is for setting and managing a budget. The truth is that it really doesn’t matter which one you use as long as a) it doesn’t stink and does the job it’s supposed to do and b) you actually use it.  

For me, I’ve been a long-time Mint user*, a free platform that has over 10 million users. I think I started my account with them in 2009, before they were acquired by Intuit, the publisher of Quicken and TurboTax. I’ve watched the platform evolve over time, and they’ve done a good job of ensuring the core functionality of helping you create and monitor a budget functions well, especially since it’s a free platform.

So while I’ve been happy with the tool for some time, it’s only because I have had nearly 6 years of experience with it to make it work well for me. Here are 4 hacks to make it work well for you, now. (Click through and read to the bottom to see how you can get a free resource and 2 bonus hacks!)

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