Why (and How) I Track Every Dollar We Spend


Managing Money

For the last 25+ years, I have tracked every dollar we spend (and every dollar we earn) in Quicken. Oh, and I enter every transaction manually. Doing this is so second nature that I don’t think I’ve ever written in depth about it here, even though it’s my most long-standing, and probably most important, financial […]

May 29, 2018

A Family CEO Job Description


About the Blog, Managing Money

This blog began over nine years ago when I hired myself to make over my family’s finances. My theory was that if I treated our finances like a job, I could make as big of an impact as the real-life, outside the home, part-time job I was considering at the time. My theory turned out to be true. Yet, […]

May 5, 2015

How We’re Cutting Expenses in 2015


Managing Money

Have you ever looked at a year’s worth of your spending in one place? It’s an eye-opening thing. If you have a system for tracking your money (I use Quicken), you can use the report feature to see what I mean. Or sometimes credit cards will send you an annual statement by category, so if […]

March 25, 2015

4 Ways to Simplify Your Finances


Managing Money, Simplifying

Note: On posts like these I like to restate my disclosure that The Family CEO is for general information or entertainment purposes only and does not constitute professional financial advice. For information regarding your specific situation, contact your financial advisor. Many of us are looking to simplify: emptier calendars and cleaner closets is our battle […]

March 5, 2015

The Nitty Gritty of Being a Family CEO


Managing Money

Almost nine years ago I hired myself to make the most of our family’s finances. In that time I’ve tried lots of different strategies, some of which have stuck and some of which have fallen by the wayside. This week, however, I found myself doing some of the things that have become more or less routine in my […]

January 24, 2015

Costco Shopping Tips


Managing Money

Happy Thanksgiving week! I’m popping into share this video of 12 Costco shopping tips that I ran across on the Crazy Coupon Lady’s site. Even though I’ve been a diehard Costco shopper for years, I learned some new things so I thought it might be helpful to some of you too. Especially with the holidays upon us.

November 24, 2014

Our New and Improved Credit Card Strategy


Managing Money

For many years our main credit card has been the Hilton Honors Visa card, and because of that we’ve earned a lot of Hilton points over time. Those free hotel rooms were nice, but they weren’t the best way for us to reward ourselves for our spending. So in the spirit of this blog, where I […]

August 7, 2014