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January 2016

episode 14. Determined Orange

In this episode, we talk about the 'determined orange of positivity' and its importance to our relationship. We also review the amazing run of non-kid outings we've had, including breweries, 80's cover bands and some inappropriate dancing.

Because it's the beginning of the year, we also dig into our overall finances from 2015, including our gross and net earnings, our overall spending, and our savings rates (as always, we share all our real numbers). Chris covers some of the specifics of our spending, and you can see the rest of our expenses below as they compare to 2014 expenses. [Note: 2014 'Education' looks like a mistake, but it's not because that was the year we knocked out all of Kelsey's student loans. Similarly, 2015 'Financial' looks out of whack, but that's the category that notes our saving towards our mortgage, roughly $20,500 last year.]

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We respond to a listener question about balancing savings goals with house projects and upgrades. Kelsey describes her strategy for identifying which projects ought to get done and when. Chris notes that upgrades certainly not out of the question as long as they don't run afoul of one's 'holy' savings plan.

Finally, we discuss our one big thing. For Chris, it's the idea that to a great extent, attitude = wealth. For Kelsey, it's the possibility of painting an awesome phrase on our back fence that we could see from our house every day. We are looking for a phrase that is uplifting and reflective of thankfulness. We'd love any listener recommendations! Send 'em our way at heymatrimoney@gmail.com


episode 13. My hair is perfect

In this episode, Kelsey and Chris rejoice in the greatest holiday gift of all: two boys sleeping through the night to start 2016. We also review our amazing Christmas trip to Austin, Chris's out-of-character-but-not-really gift-shopping spree, and how our gifts to each other turned out to be great additions to our lifestyle.

Chris also reveals a bit of hair-related vanity, sending us down memory lane to one of our first dates at a quirky concert by Zack Weisinger (opening for Chris's guitar hero, Steve Vai). Kelsey mentions some great listener stories about couples creating budgets and setting great financial goals for 2016. And we resolve the cliffhanger: did we make our savings goal of $20,000 for 2015??

A listener question on life insurance has us discussing our insurance plans, including the monthly cost they incur as well as the 'real' cost over their 30-year term. Finally, we discuss our 'one big thing.' Chris makes a common enemy of common enemies, and Kelsey talks about getting even more productive time out of the day...at 4am in the morning.