Get Your Side Hustle Going in 27 Days

I've talked about Chris Guillebeau before, specifically in my recent post about 8 audiobooks I listened to in 2018. He has a book called Side Hustle in which he outlines the process for taking an idea you have and developing a profitable side hustle in a mere 27 days. And he's got stories of person … Continue reading Get Your Side Hustle Going in 27 Days

3 Ways Giving Impacts Your Soul

Growing up, my parents paid us kids for chores we did around the house. We always called it an allowance but now I understand it was more of a commission — we didn't get paid unless we did the work. Regardless, when the highly anticipated payday arrived (yay, $1.50 in the BANK!), my parents would … Continue reading 3 Ways Giving Impacts Your Soul

3 Tools to Help Guide You Towards Retirement

Happy Resource Friday! I love talking finances. The only thing I like more is having easy-to-use tools for making finances as effortless as possible. Personally, I believe that mastering finances is one of the building blocks of life. When we don't have financial issues, stress is decreased in so many other areas of life — … Continue reading 3 Tools to Help Guide You Towards Retirement

3 Great Apps to Help You Budget TODAY

This post contains affiliate links. Happy Tuesday! Budgeting is such a simple part of mastering our finances, we have to visit it a lot. I've written on this topic in several other blog posts. And I dedicated an entire chapter to budgeting in my book Graduated and Clueless (which happens to be a free ebook … Continue reading 3 Great Apps to Help You Budget TODAY

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How to Reduce Stress with an Emergency Fund

Here at Master the Simple, my goal is to help you become an expert of the small stuff so that the big stuff actually becomes manageable. Finances are somewhat of a bedrock for much of life. It's not everything, but becoming proficient in finances will diminish plenty of unnecessary stress in the future. One way … Continue reading How to Reduce Stress with an Emergency Fund

4 Ways Taxes are Actually a Good Thing

This post contains affiliate links. I think some taxes are good. I can already hear some of you saying "I literally have no idea what you're talking about." Yeah, it's tax season and financial woes are piling up. I'm a numbers guy and I hate doing my taxes. Last year, I spent upwards of 10 … Continue reading 4 Ways Taxes are Actually a Good Thing

Pay off Debt Before You Even Have It

I know what you're thinking. Pay off your debt before you even have it? How is that possible?  Normal people put purchases on credit, get loans for cars, etc. Then they have to pay off that debt. Not only do they have to pay off the initial amount but all of the interest acrued as well. However, you can avoid this. All you have to do is this: Reverse the process. Instead of paying for debt after you … Continue reading Pay off Debt Before You Even Have It

Four Ways a Budget Will Make Your Life More Fulfilling

"Do you have a budget?" I asked. My friend smiled slightly and answered, "Kinda...I mean, I pay my bills every month so I use that as a way for me to see where my money is going at least.” I suspect this is the way many people answer this question. But this isn’t budgeting. Budgeting … Continue reading Four Ways a Budget Will Make Your Life More Fulfilling

Money Growth: How Much Should I Invest for Retirement?

I had a low-key babysitting job when I was twelve but that income was entirely active income. Not a cent of it grew without me doing anything. I had to actually provide a service to someone in order to add to my piggy bank (ok, it was actually a doggy bank). Retirement, however, is a … Continue reading Money Growth: How Much Should I Invest for Retirement?

How to Avoid Being Old and Broke (And How a 401k Can Help)

I wasn't very good at saving as a kid. Money burned a proverbial hole in my pocket. I liked to get gum when we went to the grocery store because it felt good to spend a dollar. To this day, I tend to be a spender. In fact, in our budget, Bailey (my wife) and … Continue reading How to Avoid Being Old and Broke (And How a 401k Can Help)