How Much Does it Really Cost to Rent a RV?

“That There’s an RV”

– Cousin Eddie, Christmas Vacation


As a child my mom and step-dad would take me on RV trips all across northern California and Nevada during the summer.

I remember it being some of the best memories of my childhood.

I knew that when I got older that a RV trip was in store for the Rose family. I just didn’t realize it would come this soon…..

This summer the five of us (our boys are 6, 4, and 3) hopped into a rented RV for 14 days with the only planned destination being the Grand Canyon.

Everything else was meant to be an adventure and it sure was.

Many people were asking me questions about what it takes to rent an RV and how much it costs so I knew that I had to do a recap post on it.

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So if you’re ready to join me and Cousin Eddie and go off your own RV adventure, here’s what you need to know…
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14 Reasons to Not Listen to Suze Orman

Oh Suze….

You either love her, hate her or really hate her.

In truth, a lot of her advice is really good stuff. But some of it is teetering on the edge, and some advice is just plain bad.

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Even though I questioned some of her advice I still respected what she’s been able to do in educating the masses.

That all quickly was thrown out after she launched her pre-paid debit card program that grew immediate criticism. Instead of focusing on the benefits the card offers (none that I know of), she took the much nobler route of calling people names that questioned the cards merits as shown below.


In the above exchange, “@ptmoney” is my buddy Phil Taylor is a CPA, personal finance blogger at PTMoney.com and founder of the Financial Blogger Conference. So yeah, she called my “battle buddy” an idiot and that ain’t cool.
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Happy Father’s Day – Wife Hijack

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Hello everyone! This is the wife reporting in. I’m not here to give you any personal finance advice…in fact, I get all of mine from the man behind this blog.

But, I AM HERE to tell you that he’s MUCH more than just a guy who knows a lot about money and investing. He’s the king of hijacking my blog so I thought I’d return the favor…except I won’t be posting in any rap songs about how tight his body is. In case you missed that – just go here.

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12 Things That You Didn’t Know (But Now Know) About Jeff Rose

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As this post goes live, I’m beginning my journey to the most anticipated event of the year.

You might be thinking that I’m talking about Christmas or we are going to the Super Bowl.

No, this is MUCH more exciting.

It is FinCon, otherwise known as the Financial Blogger Conference.

Yes, I’m a financial geek!

I will be heading to St. Louis to rub elbows with some of the top financial bloggers in the world sporting a cheesy smile on my face every step of the way.

This year it is even more exciting because I get the opportunity to speak again.

Last year my topic is “How to use video to rock your brand“.

This year, I’m my talk is titled “How I Got Dumped by Google and Still Managed to Get 5 Million Visitors to My Blog (and lived happily ever after)“.

Assuming that many of the attendees haven’t been there for a while, I thought it would be appropriate to have a post that gave a closer look of who Jeff Rose really is.

So hold on, here are 12 things that you might not know about me:
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Benefits of Using Your Opposite Hand – Grow Brain Cells While Brushing Your Teeth

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As I get older, it seems that I’m constantly getting these nagging injuries from me doing my crazy Crossfit workouts. (You can ask the wife, she’s tired of hearing me complain).

I’ve tweaked my shoulder, left knee, right trap (upper back), forearm, and; most recently, my right bicep.

I had never hurt my bicep that much before and was surprised on how much it affected my day to day activities.

It affected them so much that I had to rely on my left arm to pick up the slack.

The incident had reminded me about some show that I watched that discussed on how much of a benefit it was to use your non-dominant hand.

You may be surprised to learn that there are benefits to you when using your opposite hand – I know I was.

It feels awkward and you are likely to have much less control over what your non-dominant hand can do, but when you use your opposite hand you are “growing” your brain! I used my injury as a chance to permanently grow my brain for ever more.

I made a vow to start using my left hand for as many tasks that were previously always done with my right. It was time to grown my brain. Trust me. I need all the help I can get. :)
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4 Christmas Gifts That Make “Good Financial Cents”

With the holiday soon approaching, you are probably scrambling trying to find the perfect gift.

Before you buy Dad another tie, Mom another picture frame, or your kid another Apple device that they absolutely doe not need, consider the following options.

As a financial advisor, I see families waste this perfect opportunity to give a gift that keeps on giving.

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How I Barely Trained and Still Conquered The Tough Mudder

When it comes to giving into peer pressure, I’m an absolute wuss.

At six years old, I was dared to stick my tongue to a metal ice tray that was just taken out of the freezer.

At that point in my life, I had not seen the movie A Christmas Story, so I didn’t realize the ramifications that would come.

Fifteen minutes and one very raw tongue later I learned my lesson.

You would think, as you get older and wiser, that peer pressure would not have as much of an impact on your life.

That couldn’t be further from the truth.

Two years ago, my buddy, Tom, told me to sign up for the Urbanathlon in Chicago. Knowing that I hate running and that I really didn’t want to do it, I said “Yeah, I’ll do it.”

Since he knew me well he wisely responded, “No, don’t say you’ll do it. You have to sign up.”

Once again, there’s that little thing called “peer pressure”.

Nine miles later and more cramping than I’ve ever experienced in my entire life, I completed the Urbanathlon and was super stoked that I did.

You thought that I would have learned my lesson with that race, but unfortunately no. Peer pressure reared its evil head once again.

The same culprit, my buddy, Tom, (Seriously? How did I become friends with this guy?) who seems to be the root of all things peer pressure related in my adult life, conned me into signing up for the Tough Mudder.

In case nine miles wasn’t long enough, the Tough Mudder is approximately 11 miles, and also consists of tons of obstacles and a whole lot of mud. My junior advisor, Tyler,  did his first Tough Mudder back in April.  Yes, he’s almost 10 years younger than me, but there was no way I was going to let my employee show me up!
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The 10 Best Superfoods to Boost Your Brain Power

I could while away the hours/conferrin’ with the flowers/consultin’ with the rain/And my head I’d be scratchin’/ While my thoughts were busy hatchin’/If I only had a brain.
-Scarecrow, Wizard of Oz

brain boosting power foodsA financial planning practice, several websites, a super awesome wife, 3 rambunctious boys, a very needy dog, 4 days a week of Crossfit workouts- is there no wonder that I need to boost my brain power any chance I get?

Sucking down a 5 Hour Energy might be temporary fix, but the reality is that you need real foods to boost your brain power to perform at maximum capacity.

Otherwise you’re left in a zombie like state and your 3 boys are running circles around you like mini Tasmanian Devils.

On top of keeping up with the daily grind, a healthy diet rich in brain boosting foods will help your brain to fight off fatigue and diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.

Foods with naturally vibrant colors and Omega-3 Fatty acids are full of amazing preventive and healing properties, antioxidants and essential minerals for maximum brain potential.

Note:  You’re going to see some heavy influence from Tim Ferriss’ book 4 Hour Body in this post. Ask my wife, I’m kinda Tim obsessed. :)

Here’s a look some of the best foods to boost your brain power and one bonus supplement that I love. Enjoy!
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1000th Post Giveaway!

Pinch me. I think I’m dreaming…..

When I first started this blog almost four years ago, I never….I repeat….NEVER thought I would ever get to 1000 posts.

At the time, I had no idea what a blog was. None!

I thought a blog was to be on Myspace. Haha!! So much has changed. :)

Now blogging is very much a way of life – I love it!! In fact our household loves it! My wife has her awesome blog, House of Rose, and we started a blog together, Dollars and Roses.

And although my kids don’t know it yet, I’ve already bought them their own domains. Yes, I’m serious.

Blogging is definitely here to stay so that’s why I’m excited to do this awesome giveaway celebrating my 1000th post. Holla!
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How Financially Sexy Is Your Household?

I’m bringing budgets back…..ugh!

‘Cause people without budgets don’t know how to act….ugh!

They spend their money and they don’t keep track….

With those lyrics how can you NOT watch the video below? :)

My buddy J$ from Budgets are Sexy is off enjoy his new baby so I offered him a guest post. But just not any guest post…no!

I felt I needed to step up my game and do a video post. In addition to the video post, I had my wife make a silly picture that was Pinterest worthy.

Apparently, she thought putting a mustache on me was the missing link. Ahem.

How financially sexy is your household? Watch the video to see.

And be sure to head over the J$’s site and check out my guest post and wish him congrats on that new baby!

“Keepin’ Money Sexy in Your Household” via @budgetsaresexy by @jjeffrose <<— Click Here to Retweet

Orange Headband and A Lot of Respect. Taking Down the Tough Mudder.

I’m pretty much a sucker for anything that sounds weird but also physically challenging. A buddy of mine suckered me into trying Crossfit while I was deployed to Iraq and I’ve been hooked ever since. A another buddy of mine coerced me into signing up for the Urbanathlon in Chicago even though I hate running! Now that same buddy suckered me into competing into my first Tough Mudder race this coming October. Great friend, huh?

I’ve still got plenty of time to train, so I’m not stressing……yet. Recently, my new junior advisor Tyler couldn’t wait to compete in his first Tough Mudder. Personally, I’m glad he went first so I could get a good sense if I have a chance to survive. Here’s his recap of the race. And yes, he’s the one wearing the Batman costume. :)

Tough MudderWhat’s the craziest thing you have done lately?

Is it base jumping?

Skydiving?

Or is it running 12 miles through mud, water, sand, uphill, downhill, over 12’ft walls, under barbed wire, through fire, jumping in ice water and being shocked by 10,000 volts of electricity?

For me, it’s the last one!

Tough Mudder, advertized as

“Probably The Toughest Event On The Planet”

is a 10-12 mile obstacle course designed by British Special Forces to test your all around strength, stamina, mental grit, and camaraderie.

I first heard of Tough Mudder on CNBC when they interviewed the creator of Tough Mudder, Will Dean. After watching the interview, and several more videos on YouTube, I knew I had to do it!
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Get Rich Slowly Video Contest – I’ve Got Moves, a Grill, and a Wife That Has Gone Green

One of my favorite blogs, Get Rich Slowly, is hosting their annual video contest once again. The contest involves you recording your personal finance tip and a personal finance success story.

Each category winner takes home $500 so you have two chances to win. Double your pleasure!!

For my success story, there was really no contest for anything recent other than the Roth IRA Movement that I started.

To get over 140 bloggers on board was such a thrill.  And the best part was that we were really helping people.


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