Teach Your Kids About Money With The Goalsetter App

Teach Your Kids About Money With The Goalsetter App

We know that most children have a difficult time saving money. It burns a hole in their pocket whenever they get their hands on it and they MUST spend it on something. At least, that is how it happens with most of our kids. So getting them to save their money poses a difficult challenge for them. Enter the Goalsetter app! Financial Literacy In Children Teaching financial literacy to our … Read more

Citrus Chili Chicken With Vegetable Pasta: $2.50 Per Serving

Citrus Chili Chicken With Vegetable Pasta: $2.50 Per Serving

Chicken is one of those ingredients that is widely used because it is easy to get a hold of, pretty cost-effective, and you can do a lot of different things with it. For these reasons, we decided to use chicken as our main ingredient in the dish this month. Since spring is in the air (finally!), we wanted to give the chicken dish a citrus twist and a hint of … Read more

Mini Cheesecake Surprise: Delicious Cheesecake At Only 88 Cents Per Serving

Mini Cheesecake Surprise: Delicious Cheesecake At Only 88 Cents Per Serving

When it comes to desserts, there are so many choices! But, one of my favorites to make is cheesecake. Cheesecake seems to be a crowd pleaser, no matter where it’s brought. Not only is it pretty easy to make, but it doesn’t require many ingredients either. This means that the cost to make it ends up being pretty low per batch, and per individual serving. Which makes it easier to … Read more

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup With Pomegranate And Arugula

Creamy Butternut Squash Soup With Pomegranate And Arugula

Stretching our money as far as possible, while still eating well, can be difficult. Food just gets more and more expensive every day. But we don’t have to cut corners to still be FI, eat some really great food and keep our health and finances in check. Soup is one of our favorite go-to options that meets all of our recipe requirements. Especially when it is cold outside! In our … Read more

Losing A Loved One: The Importance Of A Financial Legacy Binder

Losing Loved One

In April of 2017, my family received devastating news when my mother-in-law called us one day from Florida. Through tears and sharp, sad breathing, she told us that the sudden onset asthma symptoms she’d been coping with during the previous six months were actually the signs of terminal, stage 4 lung cancer. Her prognosis was finite, she only had months remaining to live, and with that news, we were instantly … Read more

403(b) Vs 401(k)–Which One Is Best For You?

If you’re like a lot of people, you’ve contributed to a 401(k) at some point in your life. It’s usually intentional and not automatic, though that is changing. A good thing about that change is that new employees are automatically enrolled as opposed to having to sign up. The bad part is that the percentage is usually only 3% of their salary. Either way, contributing has many benefits. Forced savings, … Read more

The Failing 403(b) Was My Wake-Up Call

Have you ever been so eager to get, do, or have something that you couldn’t see its failings? We’ve all been there, at some point in our lives, wearing those rose-colored glasses. Many times we’re not fully to blame, and sometimes we are. Massive marketing makes it easy to see only the roses, while the reality is vastly different. Join me as I shed light on my failing 403(b). The … Read more

How Not Being Able To Pay Our Taxes Changed Everything

Three especially important things happened to our family last year: Our fourth child was born. We went broke. We started our debt-free/FI journey. It was a big year. 2017, A Year of Reckoning In April 2017, Señor Firelit and I sat down with our accountant to do our 2016 taxes. At the end of the session, we realized this: come tax day, we would owe $23,000. To our names, we … Read more