Goal Setting

  • Making Your 2016 Financial Goals a Reality


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    It’s that wonderful time of the year again. The holiday food comas are subsiding, the final shreds of wrapping paper carnage have been thrown away, and there’s a palpable newness to the air. It’s crisp, it’s fresh, and it makes you feel alive! And then, if you’re like us, you look…

  • We budget to save money. But why? We all can dig a little deeper and ask the extra why to really find the human element — the source of all motivation.

    But Why?


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    The world of personal finance is chock full of textbook answers for nearly every single financial “why” behind every budgeting goal. Why are you maxing out your Roth IRA? To save for retirement. Why are you paying down your mortgage more quickly? So I can be debt free. Why are you…

  • Financial Outlook 2015

    Our 2015 Financial Outlook


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    We just wrapped up a marathon 2015 budgeting session tonight — it was glorious. And by glorious I mean it was lots of “You seriously think we’ll be able to get by on [X category] with [X amount]? That’s just dumb.” Three hours of that. We’ll share the juicy budget details…

  • 2015 It's On

    Resolving and Renewing Our New Year’s Resolutions


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    The final day of 2014 is upon us. We have mere hours before we become our perfect 2015 selves. No more sleeping late, eating that tenth cookie, or waiting until 4:00 p.m. to shower on the weekends. As I type this, I’m stuffing my face with Christmas toffee, but tomorrow…

  • Good, Better, Best

    Good, Better, Best Finances


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    Happy Friday, Friends! I don’t know about you, but this week has been crazy busy for our little family. Aside from having baby number two on the way, we have some other big life changes currently happening, so bear with us. We’ll keep you in the loop as soon as…

  • 2014 New Year's Resolutions

    Old and New New Year’s Resolutions


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    Alright, folks. Today’s the day. If you’ve got one final splurge, one final sin, one final felony, the countdown clock is ticking. Joanna just read that sentence over my shoulder and she rolled her eyes, so that must mean it’s really good advice. As most folks do around this time…

  • How to Set Financial Goals (Part II)


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    Earlier this week I rambled on about the importance of setting goals. And now onto the nitty gritty — the actual goal setting! When Johnny and I are setting short-term and long-term goals, we always flesh out the long-term goals first. And how do we do that? Well we ask…

  • How to Set Financial Goals (Part I)

    How to Set Financial Goals (Part I)


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    Moving has a way of derailing your budget. Well, really, it has a way of pretty much derailing everything: your budget, your daily routine, your weekly Japanese takeout, your… life! And it takes a while to get back on track, but Johnny and I are finally getting there. And one…

  • Losing Weight, Gaining Money


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    We all have different reasons for wanting to be healthy. Johnny and I have had a long-standing goal to exercise regularly. And at different times in our marriage, we’ve both met that goal. But since I had our baby in January, we’ve been working to get our groove back in…

  • New Year's Resolutions for 2013

    New Year’s Resolutions, For Serious


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    So maybe this photo is from our Fourth of July a few years ago. But it seemed New Years-y, right? I can say with certainty that I made New Year’s resolutions last year. I know that because I make them every year. But I can also say that I definitely…