OBAL 019: Start Saving for Your Kid’s College Fund Now!

One Badass Life Podcast - Kids College Fund

College is just around the corner. Every year, most people tell themselves that they have plenty of time to save for their kid’s college fund next year…and next year…. The National Center for Education Statistics compiled costs for tuition, room and board from the US Dept. of Education and found that between 2000 to 2011 prices rose 42% at public institutions and 31% at private institutions. The average cost for attending college, according to the Dept. of Education, was $18,500 per year. I remember when mine was under $5k per year! Hopefully we can help you get on the right track. In this episode , we discussed the five steps we recommend to get you there.

Five Steps to Start Your Kid’s College Fund

  • The first step is Who. Your kids may be young and you will just assume they are going to an in-state university or community college and figure out the who later. However if your kid is into their teens, you need to start asking them questions on who they want to be.
  • The second step is Where. Talking about who should help you narrow down this next step. At this point you will start considering finances and how the where may have to adjust their path but not their destination. 
  • The third step is How Much. Time to talk about the costs associate with all of this.  We discussed the five biggest cost contributors you need to get ready for.
  • The fourth and final step is to Save. I am not looking forward to the overall cost of school, but we are committed to our boys’ education and therefore we need to plan and prepare for 2019 when our first will be going to college. There are many ways you can save.

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OBAL 015: Your Badass Guide to Tax Season

One Badass Life Podcast - Guide to Tax SeasonOutside of the folks at H&R, I am pretty sure most people don’t enjoy tax season, us included! It is a necessary evil. “Did you properly fill out your schedule C? How about your 1065?” Crazy paperwork overload. There is no escaping it though. In this episode, we talk you through taxes and how we prepare ourselves to get through this process each and every year. We break this down into four questions that you can’t overlook to survive the tax season.

Four Questions for Tax Season Survival

  • The first question is Where is the paperwork? It seems like you need to hire a secretary to keep everything in order.
  • The second question is Who is doing your taxes? This may be a function of cost or of your level of comfort.
  • The third question is Are you getting all the credits and deductions? If there is one thing that the professionals know, or should know, are all the different credits and deductions that you need claim.
  • The fourth question is What can I do different this year? However your taxes turned out, short of a near balance, you have some adjusting to do. Some people feel that getting a check around tax time is great and others don’t like lending money for free to the government.

So listen in as we discuss these four questions in further detail, and lay out your Badass Guide to Tax Season.

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OBAL 010: Rock Your Vacation and Afford it!

Cruise Ship On A Cruise Near The SeashoreIt’s spring break season! Time for a much needed vacation. We always want the best vacation, free of stress and full of fun. However vacationing can be very expensive. Are you concerned on how you are going to afford everything you want to do?

In this episode, we discussed the three factors to an affordable vacation;

  • what type of vacation do we want
  • where your money goes while on vacation
  • how you can save enough money to keep your vacation within your budget.

So, tune in to get your vacation finances in order!

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