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[HaltCatchFire] – BoaS Question Series Episode 3

[HaltCatchFire] – BoaS Question Series Episode 3

Wow! It is already time for the 3rd  episode in the question series! Today we have a fellow programmer, [HCF].  1. Who are you and why are you here? My blogging name is [HCF] and I am the guy behind www.haltcatchfire.com. My job title is full-stack web application developer. I have a wonderful wife and two awesome daughters. 2. Did your parents talk about money? What did they include you in? My father did not talk a lot about money,…

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Dear Kids

Dear Kids

Dear Mini Donut and Babe, I’m not sure what to tell you at this point in our lives. We are all pretty new to this whole father/son thing especially after Babe came around and the dynamic changed a little bit. All I can do is tell you what I’ve determined so far. All The Stuff You guys come with a lot of crap. No offense but when it was just your mom and I we could leave the house within…

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Smile & Conquer – BoaS Question Series Episode 2

Smile & Conquer – BoaS Question Series Episode 2

Welcome to the 2nd episode in the question series! Today we have a friend of the north, Sarah from Smile & Conquer.  1. Who are you and why are you here? Hi to all the Budget on a Stick readers out there. I’m Sarah, and I also blog about money over at Smile & Conquer. I’d first like to thank BoaS for putting together the interview and putting me to the test! I’m 32 years old and live in Alberta,…

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Keep Your Net Worth, I Want Your Goals

Keep Your Net Worth, I Want Your Goals

This article may contain affiliate links. Read our disclaimer. I’ve been tracking my net worth since 2016 and in that time it’s gone up and it’s gone down by a little bit and a lot. (Other financial writers look away for one sentence) I think I’ve come to a point where it doesn’t really matter. Perhaps it was from the stock market being in a tizzy the last few months or just a place you get to after a while…

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My Money Map 2: This Time It’s Personal (Finance)

My Money Map 2: This Time It’s Personal (Finance)

I just love a good sequel title, don’t you? This isn’t the first time I’ve brought up the idea of a money map. Last year just as this site was getting going I wrote about My Money Map. It is one of my favorite charts I have. Simple but useful. Why Do A Money Map? When I started my journey through personal finance I read a lot of blogs. I finally started getting my act together. We started trimming the…

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BoaS Question Series – Episode 1 – Average Joe Finance

BoaS Question Series – Episode 1 – Average Joe Finance

Welcome to the first…non-me entry in the questions series. Today we have Joe. Be sure to check out my answers to his questions over on his site. 1. Who are you and why are you here? My name is Joe.  During the day, I’m an accountant and at night I use my accounting and finance knowledge to blog over at Average Joe Finance.    Outside of finance and blogging, my wife and I love to travel.  We recently got back…

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Managing a Third-Life Crisis

Managing a Third-Life Crisis

A lot of this is just thinking out loud….or in text…would love for you to still give it a read and tell me if you have had the same experiences. I think I’ve gotten to the point where I would be having a third-life crisis if I hadn’t gotten my financial act together. Time seems to slip away. Wasn’t I just the little boy dragging around his Winnie the Pooh? Now it’s Mini Donut squeezing the silly old bear as…

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BoaS Question Series – Episode 0

BoaS Question Series – Episode 0

I noticed a growing trend on the interwebs lately, interview series, and instead of ignoring it I realized it actually is really cool. You get to see people’s responses to questions they wouldn’t normally be talking about on their site. It only seemed fair for me to do my questions before issuing out a challenge to anyone else so today I’m going to answer a few questions of my own. 1. Who are you and why are you here? Well…I…

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Our Walk With Cash Budgeting

Our Walk With Cash Budgeting

When Ms. Blue Ribbon and I started on the path to being debt free the one thing I can know for sure that helped speed it along was using a cash budget. We didn’t use cash for everything, just the four major troubled spots in our budget: Groceries, Gas/Fuel, Eating Out, and Miscellaneous Items. Everything else was recurring/fixed expenses like utilities or insurance. Like many, eating out was a massive drain on our budget. We love eating out but I’ve…

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Where To Spend Tax Returns

Where To Spend Tax Returns

As we impatiently wait until we can get our taxes done and then super crazy impatiently wait for the tax return to be deposited in our bank account I thought it may be interesting to go back and review how we have spent our tax returns. Tax Year 2014 Rebate: I remember being scared to file this tax return. Our tax guy is in Wisconsin and when your wife is 9 months pregnant you get a little nervous driving anywhere…

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