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You can afford anything, but not everything. We make daily decisions and create habits around how to spend money, time, energy, focus and attention – and ultimately, our life. Every decision is a trade-off against another choice. But how deeply do we contemplate these choices? Are we settling for the default mode? Or are we ruthlessly optimizing around a deliberate life? Are we creating financial independence, early retirement and debt freedom? Are we managing money wisely? Host Paula Pant i ...
 
Are you looking to improve your family's financial wellness and create a life of true wealth and happiness? The Marriage, Kids and Money Podcast is dedicated to helping you do just that. Each week, Andy Hill interviews millionaire parents, couples who have reached financial independence, and financial industry experts like Chris Hogan, Paula Pant, JL Collins and Rachel Cruze (the daughter of Dave Ramsey). These interviews are meant to provide you with easy-to-understand information and actio ...
 
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Two years ago, we received a $30,000 inheritance after my mother-in-law passed away from cancer. We wanted to honor her legacy. Here's what we did. Also, Michael Thatcher from Charity Navigator, shares how we can all intelligently give this holiday season. Last but not least, Zoey joins me for another Money Quiz. We're talking giving, hot tubs, and…
 
You're having a conversation with a friend about someone else who's not there. We've all done it. When does this cross the line into gossip? And is all gossip bad? Nicole and I discuss recent events of gossip in our lives and whether or not we were right or wrong. BREAD & WINE RESOURCES FamZoo: Prepaid debit cards for kids and financial education a…
 
#352: Anna and her husband have volatile income, but Anna thinks that having 18 months of living expenses is unnecessary. She’s torn between paying off her student loans ($30,000) or investing the money. Mentally, she always figured she would pay off her debt first, but wouldn’t investing pay off in the long run? Charlotte and her husband are takin…
 
#351: Geoff Woods, Vice President of The ONE Thing and host of The ONE Thing podcast, is an expert on ruthless prioritization, habit development, and goal setting. The simple framework he presents allows you to focus deeply and commit to the actions you need to take if you want to take your productivity to the next level this year. Get the show not…
 
Julie is frustrated. She's making nearly $100,000 per year and can't seem to get ahead. After hearing lots of "work harder" advice online and not having enough hours in the day, she wants to give up. In this Best of MKM episode (2019), I do my best to help Julie move forward. Also, I'm throwing down another MKM Challenge! It's that time of year aga…
 
It's been over 10 years since our family jumped on the Dave Ramsey Baby Steps. Was it worth it? In this BEST OF BREAD & WINE episode, Nicole and I review both the pros and cons of the Dave Ramsey Baby Steps after hitting Baby Step 7. BREAD & WINE RESOURCES FamZoo: Prepaid debit cards for kids and financial education all in one! Use promo code “MKMF…
 
#350: Anonymous and her husband have set themselves on the path of saving for retirement. But an old mistake haunts them: a financial planner convinced them to buy a mix of whole and term life insurance, which costs them $700 per month. Do they need whole life insurance, and where else can they save their money? Mike has $60,000 in cash earning one…
 
For our 300th episode, I'm sharing my new and improved 10 Steps to Family Wealth and Happiness. This is all of the information I've gained from the last 5 years of producing this family empowering podcast. If you're new to the podcast, this is an excellent episode to start with. Enjoy! EPISODE RESOURCES Firstly: Smart budgeting tools and real-life …
 
The FIRE Movement is all about financial independence. Independence to do what you want and on your schedule. In this BEST OF BREAD & WINE episode, Nicole and I discuss finding the FIRE Movement personally, the elements we like and how we define FIRE for our family. BREAD & WINE RESOURCES FamZoo: Prepaid debit cards for kids and financial education…
 
Kevin has been working on paying off his mortgage for years but now he’s having second thoughts. Real estate investing sounds much more interesting to him now. Brennan Schlagbaum, the founder of Budgetdog, joins me to discuss how Kevin can find his motivation to earn his paid-off house (or use his money another way). On our Mortgage Free Family Seg…
 
We all know telling the truth is a smart move. But how honest do we need to be? In this episode of Bread & Wine, Nicole and I discuss being forthright with your supervisor, straightforward with your partner, and the results of that honesty. BREAD & WINE RESOURCES FamZoo: Prepaid debit cards for kids and financial education all in one! Use promo cod…
 
#348: Aja’s mom is 75 and has to take required minimum distributions from her IRA. She doesn’t need the money. Where should she put it? Anonymous from MA is flummoxed by HSA-compatible health plans. His copay and deductible are awful, and even bronze plans seem better. Are HSA plans overrated, or does the math work out? Julia and her husband, both …
 
Chris Hutchins has accumulated over 10 million credit card rewards points. He’s used these points to travel first class with his wife and stay in luxury resorts around the world. Today, he shares how he’s done it and how you can get started in the world of travel hacking. EPISODE RESOURCES Firstly: Smart budgeting tools and real-life advice to get …
 
After posting a video about how we became millionaires in 10 years, a conversation about privilege came to the forefront. The video now has 1.6 million views and a boatload of comments about privilege vs hard work. In this episode of Bread & Wine, Nicole and I discuss privilege and if it played a role in our family's financial independence story. B…
 
#347: Back in the 1960’s, Jack Bogle thought that actively-managed mutual funds performed better than a passive indexing strategy. He pseudonymously published a paper saying so. But academic data from the University of Chicago challenged his preconceived notions. He attended seminars that showed how the drag on returns that come from management fee…
 
#346: Pensions make Chad uncomfortable, to the point of quitting his job to roll his $175,000 over to an IRA. Is the 12 percent match his employer offers good enough to beat the two percent growth of his pension? Or should he leave and never look back? Anonymous and his wife have $275,000 saved and a child on the way. They’re 27 and want to reach f…
 
Mike wants to know how best to use his Health Savings Account (HSA) after receiving some larger medical bills. Ashlee deSteiger discusses options for Mike's HSA investment strategy and how others can take advantage of Health Savings Accounts. Also, Bob Armour, CMO from M1 Finance, shares why investors should consider M1 Finance over Vanguard in our…
 
A lot of us are working toward something. A financial goal. A personal challenge. Overcoming a difficult career change. Will life be better when you reach your final destination? We discuss if the grass is greener on the other side or ... if it's just another shade of green after Nicole's recent career change. BREAD & WINE RESOURCES FamZoo: Prepaid…
 
#345: Let’s talk about one of the biggest expenses you might ever encounter: health care costs. When you get a hospital bill, do you understand it? After all, it looks like it’s written in code (and sometimes it literally is). How do you know if the bill is accurate? Has everything been coded properly? Are you being charged for the services that yo…
 
Do you want to make a million with real estate? Dustin Heiner was able to quit his job at 37 after building up enough passive income through long-distance real estate investing. Check out his story and see how you can make a million in real estate. EPISODE RESOURCES Firstly: Smart budgeting tools and real-life advice to get you on the path to famil…
 
Are you looking to bring back intimacy in your marriage? Nick and Amy McKinlay, founders of The Ultimate Intimacy App, share couples can grow their intimacy together. We review the importance of communication, understanding your partner's love language, and how to get more (and better) sex. RESOURCES FamZoo: Prepaid debit cards for kids and financi…
 
#344: Russell’s job offers the option to contribute to a 457 plan. Since he’s in the highest tax bracket, should he take advantage of the tax deferral offered through the 457 or invest within a taxable brokerage account? Anonymous is on track to be financially independent in 14 years, but isn’t living up to her potential working a boring job. How c…
 
Our savings rate has dropped from 50% to 10% over the past couple of years ... does that mean we're abandoning the FIRE Movement? I discuss this question after responding to a listener who feels our decreased savings feels like a departure from our financial goals in years past. Also, we hear from Mandy and Sean Senske about how they became million…
 
Nicole got a new job recently and she's so much happier. It is amazing how your life can change based on your job. Feeling valued at work is very important for a lot of us. Nicole isn't alone. According to a recent Gallup Poll, 48% of Americans are actively seeking new job opportunities. A big part of this search is their desire to feel valued and …
 
#343: The real estate market in 2021 has been bonkers. That’s the technical term. From 2012 to 2020, home prices nationwide rose at an annualized average of 5.8 percent per year. From April 2020 to April 2021, home prices climbed 17.2 percent. This sudden surge in prices has many homeowners and would-be investors fearful of a crash. The memories of…
 
Are you ready to take back your time? Christy Wright shares the simple steps we can take to find life balance. We also discuss how your priorities can shift over time and why that's okay. As a young parent, this episode really hit home! EPISODE RESOURCES Firstly: Smart budgeting tools and real-life advice to get you on the path to family financial …
 
When some people think of big dreams, they think of big houses, fancy cars, or flashy wardrobes. But can big dreams be a lot simpler than that? Nicole and I explore this topic, share out thoughts and ideas from the Marriage Kids and Money community as well. RESOURCES MKM Newsletter: http://www.marriagekidsandmoney.com/freegift MKM Instagram: http:/…
 
#342: Russell is a busy professional who’d like to invest passively in real estate. Is there data he can use to compare this approach to owning and managing their own properties? Laura wants to purchase her first investment property in Miami. Should she cash out some RSUs and stock from her company to use as a down payment? And what type of mortgag…
 
Target Date Funds are rapidly surging in popularity lately. Investors are flocking to this “set it and forget it” retirement tool as an easy way to diversify their portfolio and eliminate the fees of working with a high-cost broker. But what are the pros and cons? I dive into my thoughts on the subject. Also, we answer a question about whether it m…
 
#341: Imagine a line. Cowardice exists at one extreme end of that line. Recklessness exists at the other extreme end. And in the balanced middle, you’ll find courage. Today’s conversation is about courage. We’re not talking about inspiring physical acts of bravery in this episode; rather, we’re discussing moral and social courage. The type of coura…
 
What classifies someone as a "sell-out"? Nicole and I explore whether either one of us has been a sell-out in the past. We also discuss what it actually means to be a sell-out. We all need money, but where's the line? RESOURCES MKM Newsletter: http://www.marriagekidsandmoney.com/freegift Sorry to Bother You (Movie): https://amzn.to/3uxJds2 MKM Inst…
 
#340: Imagine this: You start a side hustle. Maybe you sell planners or lead workouts in the park. You make a few thousand dollars during your first year. It’s fun beer money, but not enough to quit your day job. But you keep growing. You run this as a one-person operation, though you bring on freelancers or independent contractors. Your revenue gr…
 
College is not getting any cheaper. By some estimates, the cost of college is rising at a rate of 8% per year. To combat this rising cost of hiring education, parents and teens need to look to college scholarships. This is what Kristina Ellis did when she was in high school. Through hard work, dedication, and creating some systems that kept the pro…
 
After visiting friends in their beautiful updated homes lately, Nicole and I are feeling a little discontentment. We are a bit envious of their awesome abodes. But is that natural? Is contentment something we can talk about but never fully become? In this "BEST OF BREAD & WINE" episode from December 2020, Nicole and I explore this topic together an…
 
#339: Have you ever thought, “I’d like to invest in rental real estate but there are no cheap properties in my area!” “Homes in my city are too expensive. I’d have to invest out-of-state, but that sounds terrifying.” Or have you ever thought, “I’m curious about real estate but I’m not a fan of the idea of taking on all that debt.” Today’s interview…
 
Caitlin wants to know if she should invest or buy a house. This is a tough decision that a lot of people grapple with especially as they become debt-free. Marcus Garrett, Financial Expert and Author of D.E.B.T. Free or Die Trying, shares some advice for Caitlin and why this decision doesn't have to be one or the other. Also, we're back with our Mor…
 
After reading "Die With Zero" by Bill Perkins, I feel like a changed man. I've gone from super saver for the last decade of my life to now maximize my life experiences as much as possible. Nicole and I discuss why I enjoyed the book so much and how she feels about the ideas in Die with Zero. The time for us to maximize our life experiences is upon …
 
#338: This month, we’re running four episodes based around the four pillars of F.I.R.E. — financial psychology, investing, real estate and entrepreneurship. Today’s episode, which originally aired in April 2018, offers advice to investors who want to sharpen and hone their competitive edge. Here are three lessons from this conversation with investm…
 
How’s your “Digital Wellness” these days? As a parent, this is something I’m working on constantly. But as someone who is quite often "connected", it's difficult to find a balance that works for me as a father, husband, and small business owner. Author Mark Ostach joins me today to share how we can live with phones, laptops, and all of our other de…
 
If you get advice from your financial advisor and you don't agree, should you follow it anyway? After all, they probably have more education and experience than you. But in the end, aren't your motivations and goals more important? Nicole and I explore this topic after receiving a note from a listener about them disagreeing with the advice they rec…
 
#337: Meet Kristen Berman, a top researcher in the field of behavioral economics. She’s the co-founder of Irrational Labs, which designs products that are evidence-based in the behavioral sciences. Her co-founder, Dan Ariely, is the James B. Duke Professor of psychology and behavioral economics at Duke University, and one of the most famous behavio…
 
Our family has reached Coast FIRE! After saving and investing over $500,000 before our 40th birthdays, we are pumping the breaks on investing for retirement and focusing on other goals in our lives. Find out how we did it and what those goals are in today's episode. Also, for our Be the Change segment, Ed Grocholski from Junior Achievement shares w…
 
Are you feeling like you're simply reacting to the moment right in front of your face? Yeah, we've been there (and still catch ourselves doing it). It's in our nature evidently. But how can we get out of reaction mode and into planning mode? Nicole and I explore how we've improved as parents and what we're doing to continue that improvement by thin…
 
#336: Anonymous and his partner have a one-bedroom condo that they rent out in Pasadena, CA. The problem? They’re barely breaking even. Should they keep the condo, or sell it and make better use of the profits? Sam wants to know: how much of an emergency fund does a rental property need? Michael and his wife expect their taxable income to be less t…
 
#335: Have you ever spent years studying the wrong major, climbing the ladder at the wrong company, chasing the wrong career? Have you spent years living in the wrong city? Wrong relationship? Wrong lifestyle? It’s hard to discern what *we think we want* from what we really want. Society teaches us what we’re “supposed” to want. And we follow along…
 
What would it be like to win $1.2 million in Vegas? Life-changing, yes, but for good or bad? Adam & Danielle Silverstein, from the Marriage & Martinis Podcast, share how this windfall affected their marriage. They also share advice for other couples looking to communicate around finances in their relationship. SHOW RESOURCES Tello: http://www.marri…
 
The 5 Love Languages by Gary Chapman is a book that has really helped our marriage. The concept may be simple, but it can be difficult to remember when you're in the midst of work, busy young parenting, and global pandemics. When we do remember to love each other the way we like to be loved, our relationship truly grows. Nicole and I discuss what o…
 
#334: In today’s episode, we answer three questions from a college senior named Rafael. He asks about productivity tools and tactics, student debt, Robinhood and market investing, and how to establish yourself as an expert in a given domain. We answer his questions by widening the lens. People often ask about productivity tools. “Do you use Asana o…
 
1 in 3 Americans has a side hustle in 2021. This number has grown significantly over the recent years. So ... why the growth? What is the attraction to the side hustle? To help us answer this question and to discuss the benefits of a side hustle, I’ve invited Daniella Flores to the show today. Also known as the Side Hustle Queen, Daniella is the cr…
 
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