Adjusting Your Money Mindset

Adjusting Your Money Mindset

Money is a powerful force in our lives. We’re required to think about money—how much we have, how much we want, how to get more of it— on a regular basis. Undoubtedly, how we think about money influences our emotions and behaviors. For these reasons, if you’re serious about improving your financial life, it can be helpful to examine your money mindset, look for patterns that may interfere with … [Read more...]

GRAND – The Freshmen are Coming!

GRAND – The Freshmen are Coming!

Generosity First I will say that Jon and I have had a hectic few months. If you've ever worked in higher education, you might know that move in day or welcome weekend can epitomize chaos. Sometimes sitting down on Thursday night to put together the GRAND post doesn't feel so grand. Admittedly it's not always our best work. However we do derive some joy from the discipline. Sometimes it's helpful … [Read more...]

Why Finances and Emotions Cant Mix

Why Finances and Emotions Cant Mix

A Watched Roth IRA Doesn't Grow I am a person of many addictions, none serious but many present. Some of these include collecting sports memorabilia, superhero novelties, and ice cream (I can now have ice cream with any meal which is trouble for me). One of my more nerdy addictions is checking the stock market and our investments. It isn't uncommon for me to check stock prices 3-4 times a day, … [Read more...]

Simple Living-Is it Worth it?

Simple Living-Is it Worth it?

Why Live with Less? I recently had someone close to me ask a brilliantly sarcastic question. I was talking with a close friend how things have been going for Krista and I since we moved to the east coast and our decision to downsize and get rid of a bunch of our stuff. I was listing off things we had gotten rid of (our second car, a bunch of furniture etc.) and my friend responded by saying "Jon … [Read more...]

Yakezie Financial Blog Carnival!

Yakezie Financial Blog Carnival!

This weekend we are fortunate enough to be hosting a finance blog carnival with writers from the Yakezie Network. Yakezie exists to promote the financial blogging community, check out these posts and sharpen your financial know how. Michelle @ Diversified Finances writes Steps To Qualify For a Mortgage When Self-Employed - Getting approved for a mortgage these days is a little bit harder than … [Read more...]

GRAND-Sometimes We Need to be Applauded

GRAND-Sometimes We Need to be Applauded

Generosity Can you think back to the last time you started at a new job, what was that experience like for you? Did you acclimated quickly, were your coworkers kind? Are you still working there? I have almost finished my second week of work and man I have landed in a wonderful place. On my first day of work while I was meeting with my new staff I received something that we all need at some … [Read more...]

How We Budget Fun Stuff

How We Budget Fun Stuff

One response to the post about our New York Budget was "What about the fun stuff you have planned? Vacations, NFL games, weekend trips?" This is an excellent question and one that I didn't really address in our budget post. I first want to say that we encourage budgeting these things. If you know you have a trip coming up (even within a year or two) it makes perfect sense to throw a savings … [Read more...]

Economy Got You Down? Save Money and Invest!

Economy Got You Down? Save Money and Invest!

Are You Tired of Woe Is Me? Yes we all lived through one of the most awful economic seasons since the great depression, 2009 was a really bad year. In fact you know how crazy that season of 2009 was, there were articles posted soon after the economic collapse saying that consumers saving too much was going to harm our economy. It was a time in which so many people lost so much, and even though I … [Read more...]

GRAND – It’s All About Names

GRAND – It’s All About Names

Generosity Generally when you meet a ton of new people, you're given a generous margin in your ability to remember names. I've been on introduction overload the last couple weeks with staff, faculty, family of staff and faculty and very soon hundreds of students will be mixed into this picture. I'm slightly overwhelmed but at the same time I'm trying to resist the common phrase "I'm not good with … [Read more...]

Expected and Unexpected Costs When Moving

Expected and Unexpected Costs When Moving

The last few weeks have been a hectic schedule of loading the moving truck, driving across 9 states, unloading and then settling into a new town in a new state. The detail work of planning the trip is headache enough, but what about all the costs of showing up and moving in? Here are a few things we spent money on during our journey. Some expected and unexpected costs to consider when … [Read more...]