Author: Matthew

Matthew is a freshmen high school math teacher, which combines his appreciation for math and passion to help young people. He has married up to his wife Allison and they live in Bellevue, Nebraska. Matthew saves money on his cell phone bill by using Ting Mobile.

Check, Please!

Keeping more dollars in your pocket can be boiled down to following the wise adage of the great philosopher Ice Cube. “Check yourself, before you wreck yourself,” he wisely quipped (maybe in a slightly different vernacular). Although he wasn’t giving a seminar on money management at the time, I’ve found the word ‘check’ to be …

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How Much I Earned From My Secret Shopping Excursion

I’ve always dreamed of being a secret shopper. It’s the closest I’ll ever come to seeing my fantasy of being an undercover spy like Jason Bourne come to fruition. Going undercover to infiltrate foreign governments…going to Runza and checking restroom cleanliness…pretty similar right? Since I’ve recently upgraded to a smartphone (yes, the date on this …

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3 Types of Hobbies

According to Wikipedia (just to flaunt my credibility from the start), a hobby is an “activity, interest, enthusiasm, or amateur pastime that is undertaken for pleasure or relaxation, typically done in one’s leisure time.”  I like how the definition implies that the activity is life-giving. Along with the definition, the site provides over 250 ideas …

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Leaving a Financial Legacy

I don’t remember what my grandparents got me for Christmas two years ago. I’ll never forget what they taught and modeled for our family though. What my wife (Alli) and I, along with every other family member received was an idea, a challenge, and resources. Grandpa and Grandma started a trust that was dedicated solely …

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Giving Joy

I’ve made a lot of mistakes with my wallet. A dress shirt that didn’t quite fit – mistake. A monthly subscription I hardly used – mistake. A toy that my daughter is not (and probably never will be) interested in – mistake. Extra queso at Qdoba – nah that was worth it, never mind. As …

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Brand Name vs. No-name Brand: A Price Comparison

I like Yoplait yogurt. I really like Yoplait yogurt, actually. In fact, no other yogurt will do. Dannon? Sorry, not for me. Generic brands? Not a chance. As I was scarfing down a Yoplait Strawberry Kiwi yogurt (easily the best flavor), I wondered how much my commitment to Yoplait is costing me. After examining my …

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Ting Revisted – 3 Year Review

Reviewing is a key component to success. I constantly encourage my ninth grade Algebra students to review their work. Coaches are always reviewing game film to learn from the previous game. I would submit to you that reviewing financial decisions is an important aspect of living wisely in the area of finances. When I make …

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