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**Updated 9/11/16

I’m continually updating a list of items that people constantly ask me whether or not they should purchase.

While getting out of debt, a lot of time in the financial community, we like to pretend like throughout the duration of someone’s debt free journey, that they will purchase absolutely nothing. While this would be great and definitely help that person get out of debt faster, we know in practice that this just isn’t the case.

With that being said, students within BKF university who are trying to get out of debt and build wealth should understand there is a sweet spot for those who find themselves in the market to purchase specific products. We’re not saying you can’t succeed if you venture slightly outside of these suggestions; again this is simply the sweet spot or set of purchase points you want to aim for so you do not find yourself too far off track.

A few good BKF approved purchase points for individual items you may be trying to obtain are as follows:



You should be out of all non student loan debt, have an emergency fund of 6 months expenses, and don’t buy anything unless your total monthly real estate expenses are below 33% of your gross monthly income. (Prop taxes, Home warranty, hazard insurance, maintenance, utilities etc). Avoid 1 level condos.

Learn more here.

And even better than that? Smart people who feel they need houses and want to actually be wealthy, here’s how to buy them in cash here.

**For NEW Cars**

You should not be driving a new anything while you’re in debt. Especially not consumer debt.

For those who refuse to listen and only have student loan debt left, understand that the absolute least expensive form of automobile is leasing the 100% electric car under $28k. Take out a 36 month pre-paid in cash lease which allows you a car pool lane sticker, a $2500 check from the state of CA sent to your house, a car with virtually no maintenance and virtually no fuel costs. Learn more about the leasing portion of this here.

**When purchasing a car if yours has become too expensive to fix**

Over 3 years old, reliable (Honda, Toyota/Scion, Nissan), $12k or under and paid for in CASH. If you do not have $12k to purchase a vehicle and you only have $6k to purchase a vehicle then great, thats even better – you know what you can afford. “I can afford it” means you “have the cash to purchase said item”.


Chevron gas preferred. Second choice is Texaco 91. Third choice is 76. Stay clear away from Arco and Costco gas. Contrary to popular belief all gas is not created equal and a lot of us spend a whole lot more burning through cheap gas. Visit facebook.com/jplynn to view our photo album of social media feedback from our 3 month gas challenge.

**For Car Insurance**

Progressive Insurance (www.progressive.com), http://www.WawanesaGeneral.com, AAA.com and http://www.Metromile.com (per mile insurance).

**Transportation in General**

(For the smart ones trying to wean themselves off of owning/using cars altogether, the best type of transportation is a creative mix of the below while keeping an old reliable clunker parked on the street for emergencies:)


Most affordable & portable for transportation:


Fastest & most portable for both transportation and leisure:


Not as portable but high quality full sized bikes for transportation and leisure:


Strictly for leisure


Most affordable high quality electric bikes for transportation and lesiure:


Many cities now have bike rental services as well.

Electric longboards (latest technology) coming soon:


Public Transportation:

Metro 30 day pass (or whatever your local bus/train pass is called)


Ride Share & Hourly Car rentals:

Uber, Lyft, Relayrides, Sidecar (www.side.cr), Zimride or Zipcar

Couple two of the alt transportation methods above with the purchase of a $3k-$6k reliable Honda Toyota or Nissan that stays parked at your house the majority of the month and you can’t lose!

**For new laptops needed for work or school**

Between $225-$600 (never pay over $600 for a laptop while in debt) HP, Sony, Toshiba, Asus, Acer or Samsung. The Microsoft Surface is great for many people that want extreme portability and full computing functions. Apple if you’re an art director, graphic designer or special effects editor. Just say no to Chrome Books.

**For inexpensive cell phone external batteries and accessories** (will save your life)



**For banking products/bank accounts**

Checking Accounts- must have “free” checking or the ability to avoid account maintenance fees using direct deposit. No mandatory transferring of money between to avoid fees. Must have ALL overdraft “protection” removed from accounts.

**Checking accounts can be from the following:**

One or more of the following Black owned banks:

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Bank of America (the free eBanking account has been phased out – use MyAccess checking)







Credit unions/community banks

>>Stay away from Chase!

**Savings Accounts:**

One of the Black owned banks listed previously



Allybank.com (must have a clean-ish credit report)



Credit unions/community banks

**Investment Accounts**




**Financial advisors -investment related**

YOURSELF (read a book like www.BKFInvestingSchool.com and/or joing the investing school program)

You can’t pass down someone else’s app or website that may or may not be in existence, to your kids.

If wanting to discuss a complex estate matter, try Vanguard personal advisor services https://investor.vanguard.com/advice/personal-advisor

**Budgeting/Getting out of Debt Software**



**For Healthy Eats**


Simply Wholesome (black owned – Los Angeles) http://www.yelp.com/biz/simply-wholesome-los-angeles

Stuff I eat (black owned – Inglewood) http://www.yelp.com/biz/stuff-i-eat-inglewood

Mo Better Burgers (black owned -check out their veggie burger and veggie tacos – Mid Wilshire) http://www.yelp.com/biz/mo-better-burgers-los-angeles-2

Derrick’s Jamaican Cuisine (black owned – Ladera) http://www.yelp.com/biz/derricks-jamaican-cuisine-los-angeles

**For cable TV packages**

AVOID Cable TV – this does not enhance your life. Use Hulu/Netflix or various free tv/free movies services online.

For stand alone digital boxes, use the Roku 3 player, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV or Chromecast. (Roku is the best option right now for those who do not have Apple laptops. For those who have Apple laptops and use AirPlay to beam all types of content to your TV, the new Apple TV is best)

**For cell phone service**

Cell phone service is a highly subjective field. You have to try a few and settle with the one you like. You also have to go with the one that offers the best package for what you need. Some people only use 500mb of data and aren’t affected by throttling after that for example.

Cricket (https://www.cricketwireless.com) <– bought by AT&T. Offers a prepaid feature phone plan with unlimited talk, text and data  (2.5mb at high speed) for $40.

Ting Wireless (https://ting.com) <–uses Sprint’s network

Straight Talk Wireless (http://www.straighttalk.com/) <– depending on your location, will use AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon & Sprint’s towers)

Republic Wireless (https://republicwireless.com) <–uses Sprint’s network

Boost Mobile (https://www.boostmobile.com) <–uses Sprint’s network

Virgin Mobile (http://www.virginmobileusa.com) <– uses Sprint’s network

Metro PCS (http://www.metropcs.com) <– uses T.Mobile’s network

>>Note: Verizon and others are far too expensive for mediocre benefits!

**For Internet providers**

Stick to Time Warner cable or Comcast over ATT Uverse.  ClearWire sucks (and will be out of busines ssoon). DirecTV if you hate your money.

Rent vs Buy? No, its Rent BEFORE You Buy

Very few people realize that a good portion of grief we see in our lives comes from jumping into things we had no business jumping into at that specific time IN our lives. This is especially true when we do it without a safety net.

If you’re thinking about getting married, why in all hell wouldn’t you move in with him/her for atleast a year beforehand so you can even see if you’re compatible? Oh you’re worried about what your family thinks…thats right. Lets go zero to 2000 because your mother who’s been married 4 times told you to.

If you’re trying to buy a house, and you’ve never eeeever bought a house before, why aren’t you renting a similar house to the one you want to buy? Even if its for just 12 months? Oh, because it would be cheaper to buy? Errrnt

Five words: “closing costs” to get in & “real estate commissions” to get out .

And did I mention the first 8 years of a mortgage is just about all interest?

If you just have to have that new exotic whatever car that just came out,
why aren’t you looking for upscale rental locations so you can live with it in your possession for two weeks? Oh you’d rather apply that money to the car huh? Never heard of CA tax title and depreciation have you?

Moral of the story: Its extremely smart to learn how to dip your toe into things before you dive in and immediately drown. There are dumb people who rent forever* and there are dumb people who buy everything they see. Then there are those who rent before they buy so they can figure out what in the hell it is they really want in life.

Now imagine if you were able to rent your degree before you bought it.

And thats all I have to say about that.

This Week’s Money & Happiness Quotes to Live By

Every now and then we will be posting some of  our staff’s favorite money related quotes to live by! Without further ado, this week’s quotes:


  • “Never spend your money before you have it.” -Thomas Jefferson
  • “This would be a much better world if more married couples were as deeply in love as they are in debt.” -Earl Wilson
  • “When a man is in love or in debt, someone else has the advantage.” -Bill Balance
  • “It is poor judgment to countersign another’s note, to become responsible for his debts.” -The Bible
  • “Youth is in danger until it learns to look upon debts as furies.” -Edward G. Bulwer-Lytton
  • “Debt, n.  An ingenious substitute for the chain and whip of the slavedriver.” -Ambrose Bierce
  • “I say to you never involve yourself in debt, and become no man’s surety.” -Andrew Jackson


  • “Waste neither time nor money, but make the best use of both. Without industry and frugality, nothing will do, and with them everything.” – Benjamin Franklin
  • “Without frugality none can be rich, and with it very few would be poor.” – Samuel Johnson
  • “Buying cheap is expensive” – My friend’s grandmother on the differences between cheap and frugal

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Today’s Personal Finance Blog Highlights

We here at Thisiswhyubroke, are huge fans of the personal finance blog scene and think you should be too. For this reason, we’re providing a couple highlight from some of our recent favorite PF blog posts from around the net:

In Search of Hotel Bargains

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Broke Because You Bought too Much Crap?

You know the Homie Craig Has This List…
Ok responsible people, today’s tip on becoming financially successful involves de-cluttering our lives. Society/advertising has influenced us to think most of the things we own are “necessities” when in fact, should we force ourselves to cut back on them or cut them out completely, we often discover we are much more happier without them. Ontop of that, when we begin to change our mindsets on the amount of crap we acquire, we also discover we have so much more money left in our monthly budgets!

As an exercise for the rest of the week (through Sunday) I would like each of you Continue reading “Broke Because You Bought too Much Crap?”

Want to be a Millionaire? Just Save $10 a Day!

Are you somewhere between the ages of 25-35 and have yet to start a serious retirement plan? Maybe you haven’t started an IRA or taken advantage of your company’s 401k because you can’t ever save enough for it to be worth it? Well I’m here to wake you up. By saving JUST $10/day, every day, you could be sitting on $1,190,736.73 by the time you are retired. Don’t believe me? Continue reading “Want to be a Millionaire? Just Save $10 a Day!”

This Week’s Money & Happiness Quotes to Live By

Every now and then we will be posting some of  our staff’s favorite money related quotes to live by! Without further ado, this week’s quotes:


  • “I am indeed rich, since my income is superior to my expenses, and my expenses are equal to my wishes. ” -Edward Gibbon
  • “A table, a chair, a bowl of fruit and a violin; what else does a man need to be happy?” -Albert Einstein
  • “He is richest who is content with the least, for content is the wealth of nature.” -Socrates

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