Josh Patoka

After graduating in $50k with student loans in May 2008 from Virginia Military Institute with a B.A. International Studies and Political Science with a minor in Spanish (I studied abroad in Sevilla, Spain for 3 months), Josh decided to sell his soul for seven years by working in the transportation industry to get out of debt ASAP and focus on doing something else with a better work-life balance.

He is a father of three and has been writing about (almost) everything personal finance since 2015. You can also find him at his own blog Money Buffalo where he shares his personal experience of becoming debt-free (twice) and taking a 50%+ pay cut when he changed careers.

Today, Josh relishes the flexibility of being self-employed and debt-free and encourages others to pursue their dreams. Josh enjoys spending his free time reading books and spending time with his wife and three children.

Recent Articles by Josh

Acorns vs Robinhood vs Stash: Which Micro-Investing App is Best?

There are several investment apps you can use for investing a few dollars at a time. Three of the most popular platforms for new and experienced investors are Acorns, Robinhood, and Stash. Each service has different investment options and account amenities. This comparison of these popular micro-investing apps can help you choose the best platform for your investing goals and personal preferences.

Gabi Insurance Review 2021: Pros and Cons

Gabi makes it easy to compare home and auto insurance rates with your existing coverage with legit insurance carriers. It looks at your current policy and provides quotes on insurance that offers the same levels of protection.

TaxSlayer Review 2021: Features, Prices, Pros and Cons

TaxSlayer offers low cost, online tax prep. Their free version isn't as comprehensive as other platforms, for example it doesn't support dependents. However, their paid plans are less expensive than their competitors.

What to Do After a Car Accident

Getting in an accident is scary, even if it's a minor fender bender. First things first, make sure everyone is all right and call 911. Then record the details of the accident and call your insurance company when things are more settled.

Fundrise Alternatives to Consider in 2021

While Fundrise is a legit platform for real estate investing, several Fundrise alternatives, such as RealtyMogul, DiversyFund, Streitwise, Roofstockm Groundfloor, Crowdstreet, Peerstreet, AcreTrader and EquityMultiple may be a better fit for your investment strategy.

What are Donor-Advised Funds?

Donor-advised funds are perfect for those who give regularly to charities but not enough to take advantage of itemizing their deductions. These funds allow you to group many year's worth of donations into one year to optimize your tax deductions.

Do You Need to File a Tax Return?

While there are a few scenarios that allow you to skip filing a return, it's usually a good idea to file even if you don't have to. Filing allows you to receive a refund, if you over paid your taxes and makes you eligible for any assistance you may qualify for.

H&R Block Review 2021

H&R Block has been doing taxes since 1955 and has 60,000 tax pros with an average of 10 years of experience. With their many service levels from complete DIY to online assist to fully in-person with a tax pro, you can be sure you are getting exactly what you need without overpaying.

Mvelopes Review 2021: Digital Cash Envelopes

Mvelopes takes the envelope budgeting system digital. If you like the idea of the envelope budget but don't want to carry so much cash Mvelopes may be the answer. With three pricing tiers, you get unlimited envelopes and account syncing, online courses, and a dedicated financial coach.

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