When I made the decision to start blogging here at The Family CEO again, I knew that found money would be a big focus. It’s such a little thing to do – capturing any amount of money that isn’t part of your main income stream(s) and giving it a job to do – but it’s […]
Tap, tap, tap…is this thing on? Is anyone still out there? It’s been nearly two years since I’ve written at The Family CEO, but recently I’ve felt compelled to check back in. When we last spoke, I told you that our family’s finances were on autopilot in the very best possible way. We had paid off […]
So this is cool. H&R Block, the tax services provider, believes that mastering financial matters is an important adult life skill, but that teenagers aren’t being prepared for the challenge. So the company developed a teen financial literacy program that takes the form of an online game. The game is played over nine weeks’ time […]
A number of years ago – ten or more – Tom and I walked into a social function at church. It was either a casino night or a wine tasting (we’re Catholic so those are normal church functions for us), and as I scanned the room I said to Tom, “I don’t see any of […]
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, […]
There are any number of end-of-the-month posts around the blogosphere with themes like what I’m into, what I’m reading and what I learned this month. I’ve never participated in them, but closing out the month with a wrap-up post does seem like a good idea, so I’m making this my first. And I’m giving it the very clever […]
Achieving a clutter-free house, room, closet, or drawer is one thing; keeping it that way is quite another. It’s an ongoing process. It’s true that the process gets easier with time, but it’s a process nonetheless. Here are three strategies I’ve discovered to make it easier. Skip the free stuff. Earlier this month Tom and I went to […]
It’s time for another Found Money Update, and I’m making a change in the way I’m reporting things. Specifically, I’ll no longer be including my income from bookkeeping and blogging. Here’s why: I’ve had a couple of readers tell me that they don’t view those things as found money, and I can see their point. I’ve […]
“Do something today that your future self will thank you for.” Are you getting a tax refund this year? It’s very unusual for us to get one because we’re self-employed; any refunds get applied to next year’s taxes. But this year, through a very specific set of events, we got a $2000 refund from the state. We […]
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 […]
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