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Always Ask for a Deal with Seth Sanchez

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By Bruce Mills
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This is our journey through Marriage, Raising Teenagers to Financial Freedom. Financial Freedom (FIRE) can help give you choices in life. We share stories to help couples getting married, married. Helping parents survive raising kids to planning for kids. What your secret to Success is in Marriage, Kids and Money? Money is such a sensitive topic in a lot of relationships and a major cause of divorce so we will talk about money. Debt Freedom and FIRE is our goal so we have choices in life. We cover Mills Family Financial Freedom Rules. E-mail me at bruce@millsway.com to be a guest.
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This is our journey through Marriage, Raising Teenagers to Financial Freedom. Financial Freedom (FIRE) can help give you choices in life. We share stories to help couples getting married, married. Helping parents survive raising kids to planning for kids. What your secret to Success is in Marriage, Kids and Money? Money is such a sensitive topic in a lot of relationships and a major cause of divorce so we will talk about money. Debt Freedom and FIRE is our goal so we have choices in life. We cover Mills Family Financial Freedom Rules. E-mail me at bruce@millsway.com to be a guest.
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Buy Used Cars
Car shopping isn’t one of the most enjoyable things for a lot of people. A friend of mine once said he would rather go to the Dentist then go car shopping. I am not a fan of Dentist either and probably enjoy some of the hunt and numbers of car shopping. This is one of the rules to Financial Freedom that we teach our kids and we have taken them with us to experience the whole car shopping experience. Including the games and negotiation that is played. Before we start talking about how we go about car shopping lets think about some things from the Millionaire Next Door book. Here are some key things from the book that studied Millionaires (It is on my must read book list); You aren’t what you drive. They believe that financial independence is more important than displaying high social status. 81% of  Millionaires purchase their cars and 19 leased in their study. Only 23.5% bought  Current year cars. The rest were all older. Average car buyer in America has a net worth of 2% that of a Millionaire but spends 72% of  the most that a typical millionaire ever spend on car, Then another good book to read is Spend Smart book. Here are a few things to think about before we dive in to the rest that we teach our kids. Bill wrote: If your goal is to keep automobile costs down, buying is much better than leasing a car. The three largest costs in automobile ownership are depreciation, insurance and finance charges. Leasing tends to maximize all of these costs. Don’t lease a car.  If you can’t afford the payment on the car you want downsize what you  want. In Suze Orman’s book she said that taking out leases is a costly financial mistake. She also said Certified Pre-owned cars with warranty is a good option. We start with first knowing what our budget is to spend on a car that we are looking at getting.  Everyone can have their own opinions on how to car shop or feel they are an expert but the below points are what we taught our boys. Visit my Podcast at www.Live4.Clubon Anchor.fm, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Breaker Audio, Google Podcasts, Radio Public, i-tunes, Apple Podcast and more. If you would like to be a guest on my Podcast drop me an email at bruce@millsway.com Support me at Anchor.fm/Live4, Patreon.com/Millsway or Paypal.me/Millsway Thanks, and Have a great night.  Please Support or Follow me at https://www.patreon.com/millsway  for access to all my blogs. Millsway.com and Live4.Club Sources and Resources from Podcast (Available in Show Notes) Spend Smart Book      by Bill Keenan The      Millionaire Next Door Book by Thomas J Stanley, Ph.D. and William D.      Danko, Ph.D. The Do’s and Don’t      of Money Book by Suze Orman
18:04
December 12, 2019
Learn to say the word "NO"
How does the word “No” have anything to do with reaching your Financial Freedom Goals you may be asking me? It is a huge factor, I think. You need to be able to say “No” at times to be able to stay on your budget and disciplined to reach your goals. In our house hold we have to say “No” quite often to our boys. If they had their way, we would be going to the movies every night and out to eat every night. Which I would agree with them that it would be fun but then the next day I would be disappointed in myself that we didn’t stick by our budget. Each week I get invited to golf at least three times at about an average cost of $50. The prices are higher in the winter months because of all the snow birds. My budget for golf is about $50 a week. In the months from May to October I can play about three times a week for $50. But in the winter months I can only play once a week. It isn’t any fun turning down friends who invite me to play golf but in our current budget that is what our budget is. Maybe once the boys are out of the house and my business is making more money. So, in the Winter months I try to mix it up and golf each week with a different group of friends to try to stay in touch until the cheap rates come back. I also will invite them over at times to watch Football on TV to help keep in touch. Another time we have to say “No” at times is when friends want to go out with us for the night to dinner or drinks. Our budget on going out with friends is currently only $100 a month. So, depending on what friends want to do that is normally one night out for the month with another couple. We try to mix it up and rotate different sets of friends to get with each month so we can try to keep in contact with in person other than just social media. Sometimes we will also ask friends over to our house to play some cards or do some putting in the backyard. We can have fun with friends at our house for a low cost for sure. About $25 in snacks can go a ways. Don’t give up on your dreams; don’t let others talk you out of your dreams. Make your dreams happen. Make it happen today. Visit my Podcast at www.Live4.Clubon Anchor.fm, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Breaker Audio, Google Podcasts, Radio Public, i-tunes, Apple Podcast and more. If you would like to be a guest on my Podcast drop me an email at bruce@millsway.com Support me at Anchor.fm/Live4, Patreon.com/Millsway or Paypal.me/Millsway Thanks, and Have a great night.  Please Support or Follow me at https://www.patreon.com/millsway  for access to all my blogs. Millsway.com and Live4.Club Personal Capital - Manage your money now. Smart way to track and manage your financial life. Award-winning financial tools and more.
12:46
December 5, 2019
Goals for Financial Freedom
Setting Financial Goals is the first rule in the Mills Way to Financial Freedom rules that we covered with the boys. The importance of goals is to help us make our dreams happen. You need to write them down to be able to make them happen. Difference between a Dream, Idea, Vision and a Goal is nothing more than writing it down. After we write our goals down on paper, we don’t hide it and forget it. We post it, shout about them and we review them monthly. “We” is a must if you are married, it is hard to hit Financial Freedom goals if both of you don’t agree on them and the action plan to attain them. When setting the goals to your monthly review meetings schedule it with your spouse or partner if you aren’t single. If you are single maybe ask your best friend to come to your monthly goal review meetings. Having it schedule a month in advance helps make sure the meetings happen. Some people hear the word “Meetings” and they run. Some people feel meetings are a waste of time at their jobs when they could be getting their work done and getting out of work earlier. Financial Freedom Goal meetings aren’t a waste of time. They are important tool in your achieving your Financial Freedom that you want. Why not make the goal review meeting fun? Maybe get some snacky food or order pizza to be delivered. Make it a party and have fun celebrating what progress you made towards your goals. When you are having fun, you are able to think outside the box easier to be able to come up with ideas on how to achieve more the next month. These goal meetings we will be covering our budgets and actuals from the last month. We like to schedule our goal review meeting on the 2ndof each month so we have last months numbers to review. We will talk about budgets and tracking numbers in other posts. We have personal goals and financial goals that were based off what our family priorities are. So, you would need to decide what your own priorities are. Goals and Priorities, you both need to agree on them if you aren’t in a committed relationship. Here are some example steps to do for your goal setting; List your Top 5 Priorities. Set Long Term      goals for each Priority. Make them attainable. Set Short Term      goals for each priority. Make them attainable. Set Action Steps      for each long-term goal and short-term goals. List 3 habits you      want to do in the mornings and 3 habits you want to do at night to obtain      your goals. List any things      that you are doing that is distracting you from your goals and make      adjustments. For instance, let’s say you are watching TV every night from      6pm to 10pm. Why not adjust it and watch from 6pm to 8pm if you wanted to      and spend the other two hours working on your goals. That is just an      example. I am not a fan of watching much TV. Set daily goals      and Weekly goals and then list the progress down you did each day. Each      night you could reflect on it before going to bed and making the plan for      tomorrow. More info at MillsWay.com under Blog tab.  Support me at Anchor.fm/Live4, Patreon.com/Millsway or Paypal.me/Millsway Thanks, and Have a great night. MillsWay.com
12:50
November 28, 2019
Christmas Budget
Christmas is around the corner and people are starting to think about what they want to give at Christmas time. At our house we have our Christmas Tree up and our Outside decorations up also. We have been getting Christmas Ads in the mail from companies like Best Buy and Kohls.  We have been getting plenty of emails sent to us about Black Friday sales coming up or pre black Friday sales. There is so much temptation this time of year to blow our Christmas budget out of the water. We want to buy for everyone and make everyone’s dreams come true, especially the boys. But thank goodness we both are on the same page with our Christmas budget and sticking by it. If you are single then you don’t have to worry about a spouse at Christmas time and you can go spend what ever you want on who ever you want with in your budget hopefully. But if you are married it can get tricky if you want to buy them a special gift for Christmas but you don’t want them to know how much you spent on it or what it is. That is a challenge when you are married and both on a Christmas budget. Remember that you both are grownups and should be able to stick to budgeting goals you have both decided on. If you haven’t yet it would be a good time to sit down and decide on how much you both want to spend for Christmas this year and then break it out for each person you want to spend it on so things don’t get out of line. Don’t give up on your dreams; don’t let others talk you out of your dreams. Make your dreams happen. Make it happen today. Let me know your thoughts or ideas. Visit my Podcast at www.Live4.Clubon Anchor.fm, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Breaker Audio, Google Podcasts, Radio Public, i-tunes, Apple Podcast and more. If you would like to be a guest on my Podcast drop me an email at bruce@millsway.com Support me at Anchor.fm/Live4, Patreon.com/Millsway or Paypal.me/Millsway Thanks, and Have a Merry Christmas.  Please Support or Follow me at https://www.patreon.com/millsway Bruce of MillsWay.com Millsway.com and Live4.Club Sources and Resources from Podcast (Available in Show Notes) Average Christmas Spending Stat - https://www.investopedia.com/financial-edge/1112/average-cost-of-an-american-christmas.aspx https://nrf.com/media-center/press-releases/consumers-will-spend-41-percent-more-last-year-during-winter-holidays
13:51
November 21, 2019
Always Ask for a Deal with Seth Sanchez
Today is a good day since I was able to do my first pod cast with Seth who is our Son. He is 13 years old and a future star in any thing he goes into.  Asking for deals or for a cash discount isn’t always very easy for a lot of people. My parents never talked about this subject when I was a kid and I don’t remember ever hearing them ask for a deal or a discount. Now I think about all the money they could have saved during their life time. Seth and Logan, I hope they will take the Mills Way to Financial Freedom rules that we teach them and use them in the future. Then hopefully they will continue on and teach their kids the rules also. Here is two positive quotes I like; “There is no way to happiness; happiness is the Path.” By Buddha “Change Your Thoughts - Change Your Life” by Wayne W. Dyer Let me know your thoughts about this blog and let me know of others you would like me to do in the future. I feel we can all learn from each other. That is why I am in the helping people retire early, enjoy life more and be more successful. Also, please see my Disclaimer page. Don’t give up on your dreams; don’t let others talk you out of your dreams. Make your dreams happen. Make it happen today. Let me know your thoughts or ideas. Visit my Podcast at www.Live4.Clubon Anchor.fm, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Breaker Audio, Google Podcasts, Radio Public, i-tunes, Apple Podcast and more. If you would like to be a guest on my Podcast drop me an email at bruce@millsway.com Support me at Anchor.fm/Live4, Patreon.com/Millsway or Paypal.me/Millsway Thanks, and Have a great night.  Please Support or Follow me at https://www.patreon.com/millsway  for access to all my blogs. Visit my website today to see my recommended Must Read Books and other info. Millsway.com 
11:40
November 14, 2019
Surviving Divorce
Divorce Sucks.. Sucks.. Sucks…. Divorce is not a favorite topic for me, it is an ugly word and a word we never talked about in my parents house when I was a kid. I never even knew anyone personally before I got married that went through a divorce. Now I know many people with divorces or as we say on the golf course “D’s” and it keeps growing by the day. I will go on record I am against Divorce unless it is a safety issue for them or their kids. Most Divorces seem to happen over one spouse cheating or money issues. WebMD said 2 out of 5 of first marriages will end in divorce after one spouse cheats. WF Lawyers said that almost 50% of marriages will end in divorce or separation when I was searching about money issues. From my time helping people with debt problems it sure seems like over 80% of those divorced said Money was the top reason for the divorce or one of the top reasons. Some references are listed below in the show notes if you like stats. I think people who may be on the fence about getting a Divorce may want to go see a counselor or pastor at church. Another good option would be seeing a marriage counselor or buying a set of Gary Smalley Relationship tapes. That is if your spouse will attend. My past ex went one time and then said it was just me that needed help. We had so much debt that even after selling our house we still had debt to divide up. Some more things to think about is from an article in Time Magazine. It had some stats like: Average      first marriage 8 years Average      second marriage is 6 years. I have heard that divorce rate is higher on 2nd     marriages and even higher on 3rd marriages. Overall      showed kids are more likely to be harmed by their parents getting divorced Average      total household wealth of those ages 51 to 61 for married couples as      $132,200. Those Divorced was $33,700 and Widowed was $42,300. It is      cheaper to live in one household than two for sure. Judith Wallersteom on a book she wrote a book called “The Unexpected Legacy of Divorce” Said “Children from broken families tend to marry later, yet divorce more often than those from intact homes. Listen for more info. If you would like to be a guest on my Podcast drop me an email at bruce@millsway.com Support me at Anchor.fm/Live4, Patreon.com/Millsway or Paypal.me/Millsway Thanks, and Have a great night.  Please Support or Follow me at https://www.patreon.com/millsway Bruce of MillsWay.com Sources and Resources from Podcast (Available in Show Notes) 1.Timeline of a Love Affair - WebMD https://www.webmd.com › sex-relationships › features › love-timeline 2.Divorce Statistics and Facts | What Affects Divorce Rates in the U.S.? https://www.wf-lawyers.com › divorce-statistics-and-facts 3. Time Magazine September 25, 2000
17:48
November 7, 2019
Have Enough Insurance Protection
Insurance isn’t maybe the most exciting subject but one that Darlene and myself feel is important to cover with our Teenage Boys. We want them to know that they need to protect their assets as their assets grow. Especially since today with all the Lawsuits that are filed. It is hard to not watch TV in our house and not have many different Personal Injury Lawyer Commercials come up on TV. Insurance costs a really big expense most people have and the costs can vary so much from company to company. In our situation we are one of the lucky families that have no debt so we have more that we want to protect from losing. We have higher amounts of Protection to help us with that. But since we have our Emergency fund complete, we are able to have higher deductibles so we can have lower cost for our Insurance. We have Term Life Insurance on Darlene to Protect her income from her day job till she fully retires and the boys are out of the house. We are looking at Umbrella Policy’s currently for more Coverage now that Logan is driving In this podcast I covered some ways we lowered our Auto, Home and Life Insurance cost lately and our plan for the future. Let me know your thoughts or ideas. If you are looking for a Financial Coach drop me a note. Visit my Podcast at www.Live4.Clubon Anchor.fm, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Breaker Audio, Google Podcasts, Radio Public, i-tunes, Apple Podcast and more. If you would like to be a guest on my Podcast drop me an email at bruce@millsway.com Support me at Anchor.fm/Live4, Patreon.com/Millsway or Paypal.me/Millsway Thanks, and Have a great night.  Please Support or Follow me at https://www.patreon.com/millsway Bruce of MillsWay.com
19:12
October 31, 2019
NO Student Loans for our Teenagers
We feel it’s so important for Logan and Seth to start their lives after college with no Student Loans and No Car loans. No Debt at all. We are helping them out by giving them each a used car and they can live at home rent free until they are done with school. But they will need to pay for their college tuition, books and misc. charges. Having NO Student Loans is one of our Mills Way to Financial Freedom rules that we stress to the boys. We want them to grow into successful Adults and give us grandkids to play with someday. Way down the road. LOL Seven Top things we are trying to do for Logan and Seth so they don’t have any Student Loans they owe on after they are done with college. They are explained in this Podcast with some interesting Stats. Let me know your thoughts or ideas. Visit my Podcast at www.Live4.Clubon Anchor.fm, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Breaker Audio, Google Podcasts, Radio Public, i-tunes, Apple Podcast and more. If you would like to be a guest on my Podcast drop me an email at bruce@millsway.com Support me at Anchor.fm/Live4, Patreon.com/Millsway or Paypal.me/Millsway Thanks, and Have a great night.  Please Support or Follow me at https://www.patreon.com/millsway Bruce of MillsWay.com Sources and Resources from Podcast (Available in Show Notes) Student Scholorships average they receive - https://withfrank.org › for-parents › scholarships-and-grants-for-parents › ho... Student Loan Debt - https://www.forbes.com/sites/zackfriedman/2019/02/25/student-loan-debt-statistics-2019/#63ffb661133f
16:22
October 24, 2019
Disney Family Cruise to Mexico 2019 Review
This was our second Disney Cruise to Mexico. We left out of San Diego, CA. We were gone 3 days and 2 nights so it was a quick trip. But the boys loved it and loved the other cruise also. Now they want us to book a 7 day cruise for next summer. They ran into some old friends from their last cruise and made tons of new friends.  Visit my Podcast at www.Live4.Clubon Anchor.fm, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Breaker Audio, Google Podcasts, Radio Public, i-tunes, Apple Podcast and more. If you would like to be a guest on my Podcast drop me an email at bruce@millsway.com Support me at Anchor.fm/Live4, Patreon.com/Millsway or Paypal.me/Millsway Thanks, and Have a great night.  Please Support or Follow me at https://www.patreon.com/millsway Bruce of MillsWay.com Show Notes and References 1. Info about Disney Cruises at https://disneycruise.disney.go.com/onboard-activities/halloween-on-the-high-seas/
24:02
October 22, 2019
Sales Challenges
Sales is Hard. Most days you have to be your own Cheerleader. You may say that you aren't in sales but I would disagree. We all are in sales everyday.  Also we will talk about starting a Home Business and the importance of staying Debt Free. Work within your plan and budget.  Visit my Podcast at www.Live4.Clubon Anchor.fm, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Breaker Audio, Google Podcasts, Radio Public, i-tunes and more. If you would like to be a guest on my Podcast drop me an email at bruce@millsway.com Support me at Anchor.fm/Live4, Patreon.com/Millsway or Paypal.me/Millsway Thanks, and Have a great night.  Please Support or Follow me at https://www.patreon.com/millsway Bruce of MillsWay.com Resources 1. https://sbecouncil.org/about-us/facts-and-data/ for stats about Small Business
32:46
October 20, 2019
Live for Happiness
Live for Happiness is way better than being stressed out. I give in the Podcast some ways I help to reduce stress and be Happier in my life. Disclaimer I am not giving you and Medical advice and you should see a Doctor for that. Liv4 Podcast is available on Anchor.fm, Spotify, Google Podcasts, Pocket Casts, Breaker Audio and more. Leave any comments you have on our show or email me. Please support or donate to our Podcast at anchor.com/Live4 or patreon.com/millsway or paypal.me/millsway Also please share us with your friends if you like our Podcasts. if you want to be a guest please e-mail me at bruce@millsway.com Thanks and Have a great day! Stay Happy! Bruce Mills Show Notes and Resources 1. Stats from gostress.com/stress-facts 2. Mills Way to RICHER LIVING book by Bruce Mills 3.  Your Best Life Begins Each Morning book by Joel Osteen
43:36
October 18, 2019
Live for Balance in your Life
Living in Balance is hard. In this show I hope to help you live a life in more balance. It may be impossible to ever be in perfect balance but I hope to help you improve.  Visit my Podcast at www.Live4.Clubon Anchor.fm, Spotify, Pocket Casts, Breaker Audio, Google Podcasts, Radio Public, i-tunes and more. If you would like to be a guest on my Podcast drop me an email at bruce@millsway.com Support me at Anchor.fm/Live4, Patreon.com/Millsway or Paypal.me/Millsway Show Recources 1. https://smallbiztrends.com/2018/02/work-life-balance-statistics.html for some good stats to check out. 2. "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People" by Stephen R. Covey. A great book to read and shows how to use a schedule to achieve balance in your life.
39:16
October 16, 2019
Stocks Buy or Sell
Darlene asked me if we should sell our Stocks with the market so high. What are your plans? We don't have a Crystal Ball in our house to know what to do. Our long term plan has been to hold on to our stocks and ride out the roller coaster of the stock market. There is so many different opinions out there. Just watch the news or read your email blogs from stock investors and you will see what I am saying. If you would like to be a guest with me in a future show please let me know. Please support and share my Podcast to help sustain our shows. Thanks and Have a great day.  Bruce Mills Email is bruce@millsway.com Websites are Millsway.com and www.Live4.Club Some more resources from the show if you want so good reading. https://www.aaii.com/ and June 2019 aaii Journal No.6 pg 7-11 Kiplingers Magazine Nov 2019 pg 22-26 Money.com Magazine March 2019 pg 21-22 Jon Johnson from Investment House Daily email 10/13/19 https://www.cnbc.com/2019/10/03/markets-rebound-in-major-comeback----five-experts-weigh-in.html
37:17
October 14, 2019
Broke can be temporary
Being Broke can be temporary if you let your mind come up with positive solutions. In this Podcast I will be sharing with you my past experiences and how I made it through it. I also shared how some others handled being Broke. I also shared with you ideas of where to possibly go to for Free advice to help you through your challenging time. Please support Live4 Podcast if you find them helpful and enjoy them. Also share it with your friends. If you would like to be a future guest on our show just drop me a note to bruce@millsway.com Thanks and Have a great day! Bruce Mills Show Resources; Books to read  1. What Color Is Your Parachute Book by Richard Nelson Bolles. Can be found at the library. A helpful resource book if looking for a job or a new job. 2. Spend Smart Book - Creating Wealth Even With No Room in Your Budget by Bill Keenan 3. The Debt-FREE & Prosperous Living Basic Course Book by John M. Cummuta 4.  Mills Way to RICHER LIVING Book by Bruce Mills. 5.  The MILLIONAIRE Next Door Book by Thomas J. Stanley, Ph.D. and William D. Danko, Ph.D. For Homeless States check out https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Homelessness_in_the_United_States  For Bankruptcy Stats check out https://www.cnbc.com/2019/02/11/this-is-the-real-reason-most-americans-file-for-bankruptcy.html
51:00
October 12, 2019
Teenager Driving Costs
If you have kids and they don't have a drivers license yet be sure to hold on. The costs will add up if they get a Drivers License. Be sure to check for Insurance quotes to find the lowest cost. We called nine different companies and the prices ranged a lot. There are a lot of other costs and risks along with Insurance costs. Let me know what your costs have been and experience with your teenager driver. Leave me a message below in the comments or email any comments to bruce@millsway.com.  If you would like to be on a future Podcast just let me know. Thanks for listening to Live4 at www.Live4.Club Resources for stats on Teenage Drivers go to the below for a few examples https://www.geico.com/information/safety/auto/teendriving/statistics/ https://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/10/13/teen-drivers-license/2891701/ https://www.theatlantic.com/technology/archive/2016/01/the-decline-of-the-drivers-license/425169/ https://www.crchealth.com/find-a-treatment-center/alcohol-substance-abuse-treatment-programs/alcoholic_rehab/substance-abuse-articles/parental-liability-underage-drivers/
21:35
October 10, 2019
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