GRAND – Find the Balance

GRAND – Find the Balance

Generosity We almost always talk about financial generosity, but we don't want to limit ourselves to finances as using our other resources is just as essential as giving some of our income away. We do want to be clear that we think everyone is called to both, giving of finances and time, but don't over emphasize one way of giving too much. If it's just time you aren't recognizing real need … [Read more...]

Moneyball-A Lesson in Changing the Rules

Moneyball-A Lesson in Changing the Rules

Rejecting the Status Quo I just finished reading the book Moneyball: The Art of Winning an Unfair Game  and it completely changed how I view personal finance. It is probably better known as a 2011 film staring Brad Pitt, but as is almost always the case the book is completely superior to the film. If you are fed up with the way things seem to work, with being overworked, broke, underpaid and … [Read more...]

5 Keys to Pushing Through a Financial Crisis

5 Keys to Pushing Through a Financial Crisis

The best laid plans can and will go astray. Even if you're on top of your emergency fund, debt payments, health insurance etc. you still have a chance of taking a big hit should you run into a situation where you can't work, you've not saved enough for your high deductible plan or you simply ran into a comedy of errors that couldn't be controlled. Most financial advice is about planning for … [Read more...]

GRAND-Living Your Dream

GRAND-Living Your Dream

Generosity This week I've found myself inspired by a excellent post I found from becomingminimalist.com on 10 simple ways to become a generous person. One of the best pieces of advice they offered was the concept that just like you should pay yourself first, you need to choose generosity first. Right when you get paid, give some of that to a cause/organization you support. Our trigger for … [Read more...]

10 Ways to Save Money Without Kissing Your Lifestyle Goodbye

10 Ways to Save Money Without Kissing Your Lifestyle Goodbye

The following is a guest post from Ryan Del Villar. Ryan Del Villar is a content writer for Money Hero, Hong Kong’s leading online comparison portal. Ryan is also a freelance writer at Helm Word, an Online Reputation Management company. A lot of people planning to save tend to do it half-heartedly over fear that the lifestyle they’re currently enjoying will have to be sacrificed for a less … [Read more...]

Another Maroni Family Financial Snapshot

Another Maroni Family Financial Snapshot

Last December Jon and I put together an info graphic detailing our financial picture. We received positive response about both the info graphic and the process of analyzing your financial situation from a birds-eye view. We've decided to again take a snapshot of our financial picture because it's helpful to step back from the day to day grind and glean motivation from your progress. We plan to do … [Read more...]

GRAND-A Legacy of Generosity

GRAND-A Legacy of Generosity

Generosity Krista and I just began the process of establishing our will and estate plan. Young adults we talk to seem to be mostly disinterested in doing this, maybe some think "if I have a will it is acknowledging that someday I'll die." Well being two people not at all freaked out by our mortality we jumped right in. We just had our first meeting with our estate planner and like all things … [Read more...]

Best Way To Save Money? Embrace Contentment!

Best Way To Save Money? Embrace Contentment!

A Not So Radical Notion I've been reading a marvelous book recently which has been challenging my views on money and having the good life. Mark Scandrette is an author and spiritual formation director from San Francisco, and his book (written with his wife Lisa) Free: Spending Your Time and money on What Matters Most is quickly becoming my money manifesto. In it you hear from Mark and Lisa about … [Read more...]

Getting a Raise? How to Adjust Your Budget

Getting a Raise? How to Adjust Your Budget

Congratulations! If you're interested in this post, there's a good chance you either recently received a pay increase or you're expecting one in the near future. For those of you not seeing a raise any time soon, these thoughts will be valuable tools when that day comes and probably apply to any type of income increase, whether through a raise or extra income. Understand your paycheck It's funny … [Read more...]

GRAND – Transitions

GRAND – Transitions

Generosity Recently I've been thinking a lot about transitions, Jon and I are going through a few right now and will probably have many more in the near future. What happens when your life changes dramatically and you continue to give? How do you transition generosity? I don't have magic answers for you, other than I think we should all embrace freedom in generosity. You know Jon and I feel … [Read more...]