Ben is an avid market enthusiast who serves VTX Capital, LLC. in an advisory and support role. He works behind the scenes managing the technical components that allow us to bring you the latest in investment education via an online platform. His areas of expertise include CMS Support, Social Media Branding, Marketing and Advertising. In addition, Ben takes an active role in investment research and portfolio management. He currently holds a BS from Virginia Tech and a BSN from Western Governor's University.
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8 Healthy Breakfast Ideas to Help You Lose Weight on a Budget

Those of you that know me would be quick to point out that me writing about losing weight is somewhat ironic (I’m actively trying to gain lean mass via weight lifting). But as a health nut, a frequent gym-goer and RN, much of my life revolves around nutrition and watching what goes in (and out of) the human body. To add a layer of complexity to the situation, the frugal, finance blogging side of me demands that I do all of this as cheaply as possible. Quite the tall task when I have an obsession with food. I eat a […]

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10 Healthy Living Tips to Avoid Getting Sick this Winter

Nothing can burden a budget more than an unforeseen medical expense. Healthcare is extremely expensive – even if you’re insured. According to, a 3-day hospital day averages around $30,000. Depending on your insurance, you’re likely to see a bill between $4,000 and $13,000. How many of you that kind of cash laying around? The answer is not many (73% of Americans don’t even have $1,000 saved). Notice how I said depending on your insurance. That assumes you even have insurance. Otherwise you are looking at the entire cost of care. Even a simple doctors visit will cost you your […]

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14 DIY Valentines Day Gift Ideas For Him

This Valentines Day get him a gift that shows you care without depleting your life savings to get it.  Guys are stupidly simple so don’t over complicate things. Like girls, guys just want to know that you care. And like girls, something incredibly simple is all it takes to make them feel appreciated (see, girls and guys really aren’t that much different after all). There is no reason to go and drop hundreds or even thousands of dollars on an amazing Valentines Day experience that will legitimately compromise your financial well-being. For guys the saying “it’s the thought that counts” couldn’t […]

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The 10 Most Popular Pinterest Recipe Pins of All Time

When you think of Pinterest what is the first thing that comes to mind? A cute new hairstyle? Maybe the place you go to find some new, chic home decor ideas? Oooorrrrrrr is it the spot where you inevitably end up because you’re hungry…and you are day dreaming about food…and WOW those pictures look so yummy you could just eat them (guilty). Yeah. We’ve all been there. And so when I was looking for a dish to bring to a New-Years party the other day I stumbled upon a recipe for sweet potato casserole that looked simply amazing. The picture […]

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Top 5 Healthy Salad Recipes to Kick Start Your New Years Resolution

New year, new me. We’ve all said it at least once. We get a gym membership, we buy new workout clothes, we binge spend on supplements and we buy a ton of healthy food. And then 92% of us never meet that New Years Resolution we made. Why? Because its really, really hard work. Still, there are 8% of you that made it. 8% of you that made real change. It wasn’t enjoyable to start. In fact it was probably pretty miserable. Low calorie diets mixed with moderate to intense exercise leaves you feeling one thing, hungry. But you’re gonna […]

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