MM019: 15 Personal Finance Resolutions for the New Year

15 Personal Finance Resolutions for the New Year

We come into January energized and refreshed to conquer the world. We set ambitious resolutions so we can better ourselves and achieve our goals. And then, almost as quickly as we made the resolutions, our resolve falters and we give up on our New Year’s Resolutions. But, WHY do we have a hard time sticking to our resolutions? HOW can we set ourselves up to accomplish our resolutions? And WHAT are some attainable personal finance goals that we can strive for this year? That, and more, in this episode!

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MM018: The Importance of Reflecting at Year’s End

The Importance of Reflecting at Year’s End

This time of year, specifically during the week between Christmas and New Year’s, I always like to take a beat to reflect on the previous year and do some heavy planning for the upcoming year. It’s usually pretty quiet at work and at home (with the exception of school kids running around the house), but my headspace is usually pretty clear. So, I wanted to talk through some of my own reflections in the hope that they might inspire your self-reflections as well.

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MM016: How to Find Your Side Hustle

How to Find Your Side Hustle | The Modest Millions Show

I’ve been known to have an idea or two for a side hustle. Some are ridiculous ideas. Some are impossible ideas. Some ideas are so far-fetched I don’t know how in the world I came up with them. And then some ideas are solid, feasible, actionable and ambitious. These are my favorite. The fact is, when you’ve got a side hustle you’re working on, you have more options that can help fund your future. Today’s episode covers some rules to follow and a few idea starters so you know how to find your side hustle.

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MM015: How to Create a Money Binder

How to Create a Money Binder | The Modest Millions Show

If you manage your family’s personal finances, what would happen if the worst happened and you were no longer “available” to manage the household finances? In our house, I manage the finances, and Mrs. Modest is perfectly okay with that. If something happened to me, I don’t know if my wife would know the location of all our assets. Enter, the money binder. In today’s episode we talk about the importance of a money binder and how to create one today.

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MM014: The Simple Math of Calculating Inflation in Retirement

The Simple Math of Calculating Inflation in Retirement | The Modest Millions Show

Figuring out how to calculate how inflation affects your retirement savings is made out to be a super-complicated process, requiring advanced math skills. What’s frustrating is that calculating how your retirement savings is impacted by inflation isn’t all that difficult. In today’s episode, we talk about the simple math of calculating inflation in retirement. 

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MM013: The Power of Small Dollars for Personal Finance

The Power of Small Dollars for Personal Finance | The Modest Millions Show

There’s this misperception out there that you need to have a bunch of money socked away before you can invest in either a retirement account or taxable account. Some of this advice comes from popular pundits who promote a debt-free-first lifestyle, some of it comes from the legacy model of investment advisors that only work with clients with a minimum threshold of investable funds. The fact is, the sooner you start investing, no matter how small that number is, the more exponential the growth of your nest egg. The math is crazy!

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MM010: Setting SMART Personal Finance Goals

Setting SMART Personal Finance Goals | The Modest Millions Show

That which is measured improves. Easier said than done when you’re trying to figure out your personal finance goals for the next 30 years. So how do you keep you personal finance goals on track? It all starts with SMART goal setting. In this episode we’ll work through the foundations of setting big and small SMART personal finance goals so you can stay on track to reach your modest millions.

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MM007: Tax Day Takeaways

Tax Day Takeaways | The Modest Millions Show

Today is Tax Day in the U.S. It’s a day dreaded by many, but hopefully this year’s tax season was relatively stress-free and free of any major surprises for you. As we wrap up one tax year and plan for the next, it’s time to look back at what you would have done differently and make some Tax Year’s Resolutions for this coming year.

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