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Episode 035: How to Budget When You Live Paycheck to Paycheck

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On the show today:

My Guest on the Show…

Today my guest on the show is actually me!

I was recently featured on PT Money’s Masters of Money Podcast. After listening to it, I called up PT and asked him if I could share the episode on the Money Peach Podcast….and he was nice enough to say yes!

Inside this episode we talk about budgeting cash flow planning and how to get started when you don’t know where to start AND you’re living paycheck to paycheck.

Inside the episode we talk about:

  • Hitting rock bottom financially (our story)
  • The one thing which is still hard for me today in terms of money
  • The spender vs the saver in the relationship
  • The Promise Project
  • My thoughts on refinancing and a strategy to pay off the mortgage
  • Goals for retirement (not wishes)
  • Breaking down the budget and exactly how it all comes together
  • And more…

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Mentioned in this Episode

Our Rock Bottom Moment

The Money Peach Budget

When to Refinance the Mortgage

Awesome Money Course


Show Notes

[02:55]The one thing Chris does that’s led to the biggest financial success – paying attention and budgeting.

[05:55] – The simple services and tools he uses to budget and manage his money.

[09:15] – Getting started with a “cash flow plan”. What to do if you don’t consider yourself a budget person.

[14:15] – Hitting rock-bottom ($52k in debt) and deciding to become a master of his money.

[17:50] – Some of the resources Chris used to fix his finances.

[19:18] – The one thing that’s still tough for Chris to do with his money.

[19:40] – Who’s the spender and who’s the saver in the relationship with his wife.

[21:45] – The promise project. How Chris stays on the same page with his wife.

[23:40] – How they paid off $52k in debt in seven months!

[30:13] – More details about how the budget works and how it’s evolved.

[33:00] – More on the tools and strategies used to manage the money and pay down the debt.

[35:00] – Chris’s home purchase, refinance decision, and strategy to pay off the mortgage.

[38:55] – The decision to pay off debt and not use credit cards vs invest and use debt as leverage more.

[42:10] – Goals for retirement and real estate while paying off the mortgage.

[45:05] – Looking back on the journey.


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Chris Petrie

Chris (Peach) Petrie is a personal finance expert, money coach, speaker and podcaster.

In 2011, Chris and his family were exhausted from living paycheck-to-paycheck and facing a mountain of debt. They started going against the society standards of misbehaving with money and made the decision to take back control of their lives and money. Within seven months they paid off $52,000, started saving like crazy and began building real wealth.

The word spread fast and Chris started showing friends how to create a budget over dinner. Soon after he started showing their friends how to do the same and eventually Chris started teaching personal finance classes around the community. As the need for the classes grew, Chris launched Money Peach in 2015.

Money Peach was created to help everyday people remove the stress and fear of money by showing them how to save more, make more, and keep more of their money.

Chris Peach has been featured in places like Business Insider, The Huffington Post, Elite Daily, and CheddarTV.

When Chris isn’t at “work” he can be found at the Crossfit gym or riding on the fire truck — Chris is also a full-time firefighter in Phoenix, Arizona.

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