Here at YBF, we use all sorts of financial and personal resources in order to make our lives easier, find inspiration, and gain knowledge. We wanted to share some of our favorites with you. Continue reading “Our Favorite Resources”
Something I hear from people regarding spending is that it’s the minuscule purchases, those elusive ones that seem trivial, those are the ones we must be wary of because they accumulate over time and, KABOOM, you spent $1,000 on pumpkin spice latte’s last year! Holy moly! Time to cut back on my delicious seasonal indulgence. Continue reading “Buy the PSL, Not the Porsche”
We live in a world of walls. Not walls we can see, but ones we place up around our lives to shield us from embarrassment, or, dare I say it, to shield the fact that we were wrong. Continue reading “The Power of Admitting Our Downfalls”
We have a saying in America that people love to romanticize: pulling yourself up by your bootstraps, which, in essence, means to figure it out. Toughen up. Stop being an idiot. Fix your mistakes.
While this is all well and good in some situations, ‘pulling oneself up’ is rarely a one-man (or woman) effort. Continue reading “Don’t Go It Alone”
This weekend, as a soak-up-as-much-left-of-summer-as-we-can trip, we jetted off to Chicago for three days. Although we were hoping to escape the Heartland’s heat, we encountered 90+ degree temperatures every day we were there. Even still, we had an awesome time and thanks to travel hacking were able to do it at an affordable cost. So without further ado, here’s how we did Chicago.
A life of consumption gone unchecked may be a life gone too far. Continue reading “My Things Don’t Define Me”
Man’s best friend. A constant companion. Unconditional love. There are lots of ways we describe our family dogs. For Jake and I, our dog Lucky is all of the above. However, I got to thinking the other day that there are a lot of things we can learn from our 5-year old Australian Shepherd. Continue reading “Life Lessons From Our Dog”
Owning a home was once the standard for having achieved ‘The American Dream’. To own property meant that one had made it. Nowadays, it seems like home ownership still has a certain level of exclusivity to it, just with a lot more baggage than we ever intended on carrying around. Continue reading “5 Myths About Home Ownership”
If we don’t carefully consider the lives we have created for ourselves, we become susceptible to surrendering to our every desire. Many of us in this modern, wealthy society subscribe to a philosophy we may not even know we’re adopting—a hedonistic belief system—one that prides itself on making comfort and the pleasurable experiences the ultimate pursuits of modern life. Continue reading “Rejecting Conventional Wisdom”
When you imagine someone who is great with money, who do you see? It may be the miser, budgeting every last penny, month in, month out. Or perhaps you picture someone endlessly rummaging through a junk drawer to snag a 15%-off coupon. Continue reading “Can’t Budge on Your Budget? Try This.”