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5 Books That Helped Grow Our Net Worth by 100k in 3 years

Disclosure: Some of the links below are affiliate links, meaning, at no additional cost to you, I’ll earn a commission if you click through and make a purchase. Reading is essential to your wealth-building journey! As a matter of fact, research shows that the average millionaire reads 2-4 books per month. When I make guest Read more about 5 Books That Helped Grow Our Net Worth by 100k in 3 years[…]

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6 Reasons Folks Work With A Financial Coach

Personal finance is such a taboo subject.  I mean, folks really hate talking about money for some reason.

A recent study found that 74% of people will not discuss money with a financial professional.

We can point the finger at shame, insecurity, or even fear as some of the top reasons why, but the truth is, not talking about money can be detrimental to your financial health.

So what about the other 26%? What are some of the top reasons they are willing to gain additional insight when it comes to money? […]

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The Story Behind Paying Off $61k In Only 16 Months

Emergencies happen. be prepared.

Despite what you may believe, I have not always been Michael of Black Sheep Finance.

Truthfully speaking, there was a 3 year stretch where I made almost every financial mistake you imaginable.

I don’t think I’ll ever forget the first time I actually used a credit card.

It was February 2011 in Appleton, Wisconsin.

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The Percentages You Need For A Successful Budget

Question: What do you recommend for a budget percentage?

Great question! I love this one because it shows that you really care about not only creating a budget, but creating a budget that works for you. (Heavy emphasis on works for YOU!)

Here’s a fact that may come as a surprise for you: there really is no standard budget percentage chart that works for everyone.

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You Must Do This Before Making Large Purchases

We live in a day and age where everyone wants everything now. What we lack in patience, we make up for in debt.

Auto and student loans in America now, both, top over $1 trillion individually, and credit card debt isn’t far behind at $780 billion.

So how do we begin to reverse these trends? It’s simple actually: stop borrowing money and start saving for big purchases!  […]

Cheat Sheet For Controlling Food Spending

When most Americans that are struggling financially are asked to identify the area they struggle with the most as it pertains to budgeting, most will very quickly point towards food spending. This isn’t exactly shocking considering the USDA released a report stating that the average family of 4 in America spends just under $1200 per month on food, while the average rent for that same family is only $992 per month.

If $1200 per month were the true cost to survive in America, there would be no problem with this number, however, Americans also collectively throw away $165 billion worth of food annually.

That’s a lot of waste and it demonstrates that we are not being intentional when it comes to food spending. Here are some very practical ways to get intentional and in control of your monthly food bill.

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