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    Mr. Money Mustache

  • Lessons in Fear and Wealth from the Coronavirus
    As I write this, the biggest story in the entire world is a virus that is making its way around the planet, leaving a trail of sickness and death in its wake, while sending a much bigger shockwave of fear and uncertainty out front. Last week, the US stock market... Read more »
  • Exposed! Mr. Money Mustache’s 2019 Bachelor Spending!
    These days, I do a fair amount of informal financial coaching for both old friends and newer acquaintances.  It’s a pretty amazing experience, almost as if I were a real doctor – people let down their guard and talk about the details of their financial lives, without the usual hangups... Read more »
  • VideoLet the Roaring 2020s Begin
    — — As I type this, there are only a few days left in the 2010s, and holy shit what a decade it has been. Ten years ago, a 35 year old MMM and the former Mrs. MM were four years into retirement, but not feeling very retired yet. We... Read more »
  • VideoPizza Delivery is for Millionaires
    My son and I are having a beautiful Saturday night here at home. The sun is setting over the mountains outside my bedroom window and I’ve just finished baking a pizza which I am about to serve up for his dinner. Although our day has been very simple, there has... Read more »
  • VideoMichael Burry Trashes Index Funds – Are We Screwed?
    As a general rule, Mr. Money Mustache avoids reading the daily news and ignores the fluctuations of the stock market. And he advises you to do the same thing. The negative factors of wasting your time, diluting your precious brainpower, and creating undue stress by worrying about things outside of... Read more »
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    financial independence / early retirement

  • Daily FI discussion thread - March 29, 2020
    Please use this thread to have discussions which you don't feel warrant a new post to the sub. While the Rules for posting questions on the basics of personal finance/investing topics are relaxed a little bit here, the rules against memes/spam/self-promotion/excessive rudeness/politics still apply! Have a look at the FAQ... Read more »
  • 20F checking in exactly 1 year after finding this sub
    Hi all, This time last year I won an academic scholarship and took to this sub and personalfinance for advice on what to do with the money. 4/1/2019 I opened a Roth IRA and stashed $50 in it without a single clue about what stocks and bonds were. I even... Read more »
  • Daily FI discussion thread - March 28, 2020
    Please use this thread to have discussions which you don't feel warrant a new post to the sub. While the Rules for posting questions on the basics of personal finance/investing topics are relaxed a little bit here, the rules against memes/spam/self-promotion/excessive rudeness/politics still apply! Have a look at the FAQ... Read more »
  • COVID-19 stimulus and penalty-free withdrawals up to $100,000 from 401k/403b/IRA
    "Savers under age 59½ would be able to tap their 401(k) and 403(b) money without the usual 10% early withdrawal penalty. This would also apply to individual retirement accounts." "Normally, if you were to take money from your retirement plan, you would be subject to a 10% penalty if you’re... Read more »
  • FIRE Deflation Hedge, and more? The EE Savings Bond...
    Hey All, I'm a lurker/finance nerd, and usually don't post. But I am hoping the hive-mind may have thoughts about an addition to our portfolio I'm considering. It seems (relatively) unmentioned in these parts, yet I feel could fulfill a useful hedging role in some FIRE portfolios - the EE... Read more »
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    Early Retirement Extreme

  • Some bean cooking tweaks
    Reading this forum thread on how to cook beans has made me revise my [lack of] understanding of how to cook beans. I used to soak them for 8 hours and toss them into the pressure cooker until they were “done”. Then I’d take them out and combine them with... Read more »
  • 15 baby steps towards voluntary consumerism
    Lately I has been made clear to me that a life without buying things can not possibly make me happy. For one, I also realized that people would have a hard time knowing what I stand for when I do not associate myself with brand name lifestyles(*). It has also... Read more »
  • Preliminaries to retiring in 5 years
    I usually start my “program” with a relocation closer to work and shopping. This allows one to shed at least one car. The rest is just variations and polishing that theme. Extreme early retirement can thus be reached through a frugal antisuburan lifestyle without car dependence, hour long commutes, and... Read more »
  • Is it not strange that …
    … modern culture does not seem to value individual independence of thought yet it values individual comfort. Conversely, collective thought (an oxymoron really) is valued whereas few care about collective comfort. Actually it is both strange and quite sad. It begets the question whether this preference is evolutionarily determined or... Read more »
  • Woodworking toy trains
    Of the woodworking I do, I find toy-making the most fun. It’s a chance to be creative, work to lighter tolerances using [much] simpler joinery, make a kid happy, and use up scrap wood. Here’s a picture of a train set I made. It’s made entirely of scrap wood, save... Read more »
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    Go Curry Cracker!

  • Coronavirus Course Correction
    Well, it is finally upon us: The inevitable recession that comes after every expansion and the corresponding stock market downturn. And oh boy is it a doozy. Is this the end of early retirement? First Things First First and most importantly, thank you to all of the world’s first responders... Read more »
  • Coronavirus and Life in Taiwan
    Life is about to undergo significant change as the US and Europe begin societal lockdowns to slow the exponential spreading of Coronavirus. As a contrast, this is what life is like in Taiwan – first person and anecdotally. Taiwan Responds Quickly and Decisively We were skiing in Japan when news... Read more »
  • Lessons From Japan’s Lost Decade(s)
    Following an epic collapse of double bubbles in the stock market and real estate prices, Japan “suffered” 2+ decades of stagnation and deflation. You would be hard pressed to find somebody who hasn’t at least heard of Japan’s Lost Decade(s.) It’s a popular topic people raise as soon as our... Read more »
  • Award Travel Series Part 2: Transferable Currencies Explained
    Advertiser Disclosure: This site is part of an affiliate sales network and receives compensation for sending traffic to partner sites, such as CardRatings.com. This compensation may impact how and where links appear on this site. This site does not include all financial companies or all available financial offers. Opinions, reviews, analyses... Read more »
  • Reflections of 2019 – Normality (and Other Life Changing Events)
    2019 was our 7th full year of post-work life and probably our most “normal” year to date – we lived in a normal city, Jr went to a normal school, and we did normal life things. It was nice. And different. We did manage ~5 weeks of travel vacation (Thailand,... Read more »
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    1500 Days to Freedom

  • Frozen Dinosaurs, Axe Murderers, Murderous Multiples, Ignorance, Recession, And Depression
    So, back in August, I wrote this: And 7 months later, here we are. (Side-note: I sandbagged it. The S&P 500 and Dow Jones are 30% and 35% off their all-time highs respectively.) I’m no clairvoyant. I could have predicted a downturn at just about any time in history and... Read more »
  • Backup Plans For Backup Plans
    The world has become a strange, foreign place; unlike the one I’m accustomed to. I was at the grocery store a couple of days ago and it was packed. There was a line of people that ran the length of the store. The shoppers were waiting to get to the... Read more »
  • The Virus and Mr. Market’s Temporary Hiatus
    Most things that are worthwhile are a struggle. If you want to become great at an instrument, you’re going to have to practice a lot. Yo-Yo Ma, the cello supervirtuoso, practices about 2,000 hours per year. If you want to become a great athlete, you’re going to have to put... Read more »
  • 10 Questions With EducatorFI
    It’s not an understatement to say that a good teacher can change a child’s life. My older child had an exceptional teacher (Mrs. T) a couple of years ago. She’d come home from school every day beaming, eager to tell us about her day. She was a different person at... Read more »
  • VideoLife Update
    I originally named this post Lazy Life Update. I put the word lazy in there because the post was going to be an easy one; just a bunch of photos of what we’ve been up to in the 1500 household. But then, I thought that the L-word may give folks... Read more »
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    Mad Fientist

  • mp3Coronavirus Market Crash – Is This Time Different?
    The COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic has caused stocks to crash. Is this a normal bear market or is it different this time? JL Collins is here with his answer. Read more → The post Coronavirus Market Crash – Is This Time Different? appeared first on Mad Fientist.... Read more »
  • FI Laboratory
    Track your progress to financial independence and early retirement with the free FI Tracker software and FIRE calculators inside of the FI Laboratory! Read more → The post FI Laboratory appeared first on Mad Fientist.... Read more »
  • mp3Scott Young – Ultralearning
    Scott Young joins me on the Financial Independence Podcast to talk about "ultralearning" and why it's great for people pursuing early retirement! Read more → The post Scott Young – Ultralearning appeared first on Mad Fientist.... Read more »
  • The Best and Worst Thing About Financial Independence
    The best thing about financial independence is also the worst. I explain what it is and also share details about the secret project I've been working on! Read more → The post The Best and Worst Thing About Financial Independence appeared first on Mad Fientist.... Read more »
  • mp3Valuable Lessons from My Third Year of Freedom
    It's been three years since I left my full-time job and this past year was the best one yet! Here's a short podcast episode with everything I learned. Read more → The post Valuable Lessons from My Third Year of Freedom appeared first on Mad Fientist.... Read more »
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    Millennial Revolution

  • In a Crisis, Cash Flow Is King
    Hello again from the end of the world! Ha, just kidding. It is not the end of the world. Don’t get me wrong, this is a very, very serious health crisis the world is dealing with right now, and everyone should be practicing good hygiene, washing their hands, and practicing... Read more »
  • COVID-19: Geographic Arbitrage on Hard Mode
    A 1 AM call is never followed by good news. This was the case five years ago. We’d just fallen asleep, but were jolted awake by the urgent ringing of Wanderer’s phone. As it turns out, Wanderer’s grandmother was in the ICU, and we had to fly home ASAP. When... Read more »
  • Return of the Bear Market: Are You Ready?
    On Thursday, March 12, the US stock market entered a bear market. US stocks enter bear market territory after Trump’s travel ban ~~CNN A bear market, which is defined as a 20% drop in the stock market, officially brings to an end the longest bull market the world has ever... Read more »
  • Is the Coronavirus the next Black Swan Event?
    The definition of a black swan event is an unexpected event with major negative consequences, and the key word in that description is “unexpected.” If you had asked me at the beginning of 2020 (and many people did) to guess what would cause the next stock market crash, I would... Read more »
  • Worried About The Coronavirus Impact On Markets?
    At the end of 2019 after the Portugal Chautauqua, we decided to fly over to Asia to spend the winter months escaping the snow and chilling out on the beach. We’ve been to Asia before and loved it, but this time something was different. In the middle of December, we... Read more »
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    Can I Retire Yet?

  • Making Sense Out of Chaos
    I stepped outside under a deep blue sky. The sun shone bright. It was a perfect day. Yet nothing felt right. In less than 24 hours between Wednesday, March 11th and Thursday, March 12th: The stock market continued to crash, marking the fastest ever drop from market top to bear... Read more »
  • Coronavirus, Market Volatility, and “Buying the Dip”
    I’m sitting down to write this post at 8:30 in the morning on Monday March 2, 2020. The previous week that ended February 28th was the worst week for the stock markets since the 2008 financial crisis, spurred in large part by fears over the Coronavirus. I normally don’t pay... Read more »
  • When to Take Social Security
    This is a milestone year. The girl I married in her 20’s, is now a “senior citizen.” Though she doesn’t look like one. And I’m close on her heels. (Though I am starting to feel like one, at least on certain days!) With Caroline turning 62 this year, along with... Read more »
  • February 2020 Best of the Web
    We have a great collection of content to share with you this month. We start by continuing the conversation on topics we just wrote about this month: the challenge of keeping health care costs affordable and better understanding annuities. We also return to some older ideas that we’ve explored on... Read more »
  • Retirement Healthcare: What Are Your Options?
    For years, health insurance in the U.S. was a major roadblock to early retirement. If you dared to leave work before age 65, when Medicare starts, you were on your own for retirement health care. In my case, our assets were closing in on financial independence as I reached my... Read more »
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    Root of Good

  • February 2020 Financial Update and thoughts on the Coronavirus
    Well folks, we're in the middle of a pandemic. It's amazing how much life has changed since I wrote my last blog post a month ago. I am certain that the next few months will bring even more change.  I'll cover my regular monthly financial stats in the first several... Read more »
  • January 2020 Financial Update
    January is over and February is already half way over. It's been a busy month here at the Root of Good house and I've been a total slacker when it comes to blogging. Since the start of the year we have researched, planned, and booked not one, but two (!!)... Read more »
  • December 2019 Financial Update
    After a busy end of the year, it has taken me a while to pull this monthly update together. In December, we spent twelve days on a cruise. Once we returned home, the Christmas holiday season started shortly thereafter. Then the New Year's celebration commenced. In between were several other... Read more »
  • 11 Tips to Finish the Year Strong
    The year is coming to a close.  Time to get your financial house in order before we pop the bubbly and ring in the new year. Here are some tips to optimize your finances before it's too late: The post 11 Tips to Finish the Year Strong appeared first on... Read more »
  • November 2019 Financial Update
    Here we are in the middle of December with just a few weeks left in the year. Where did the year go? It's busy times as usual here in the Root of Good household. As I write this we are packing our bags to set sail to the Caribbean (again)... Read more »
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    jlcollinsnh

  • My move from VMMXX to VBTLX
    In my recent post Taking Advantage of Mr. Bear, I described how this current decline offered me the opportunity to move from VTSAX (stocks) to VMMXX (cash) in my taxable account while simultaneously moving an equal amount of VBTLX (bonds) to VTSAX in my IRA. This had the effect of maintaining... Read more »
  • mp3COVID-19: The unvarnished truth from Doc G.
    Desperate times call for desperate measures. So I highjacked Doc G’s podcast. That’s him above. There is so much nonsense swirling around COVID-19, right down to the correct name, I was starting to get lost sorting it out. What I needed was guidance from someone without an agenda. Someone who... Read more »
  • Chautauqua sits out 2020
    Last week we sent the following message to our Chautauqua mailing list. I also wanted to share it with you: Sometimes it just feels like the Universe is speaking to you. If you are like me and it is telling you something you don’t want to hear, you can be... Read more »
  • Taking advantage of Mr. Bear
      Today (March 9, 2020) I decided it was time to cuddle up to Mr. Bear and let him help me avoid some capital gains taxes. As regular readers here know, for the past few years we have been homeless and nomadic. It is a lifestyle that agrees with us... Read more »
  • Mr. Bear, Podcasts, a good book and why I should be in 100% stocks
    Bear Market, oh my! See, just like I promised, Bear Markets can happen! Almost, anyway. As I type this, the S&P500 is down not quite 10%. Hardly enough to get excited about, at least if you are looking for a buying opportunity. Unless, of course, you are the financial media;... Read more »
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    Mr. Free At 33

  • Undervalued Dividend Growth Stock Of The Week
    Every Sunday, I uncover a high-quality dividend growth stock that appears to be undervalued. These pieces are published at Daily Trade Alert, which is a site that focuses on dividend growth investing, stocks, and unique investment opportunities. I’ve been writing for them for years now, and they’re just great over... Read more »
  • How To Know If You’re “Wasting Money”
    I overheard something a while back when I was hanging out with a few people. And it kind of hit me the wrong way. One person was commenting on how they preferred to work on digital projects at home, instead of going to coffee shops. They stated that people who... Read more »
  • Time Isn’t Money
    How much do you really value your time?  Maybe it’s $50/hour. $100/hour. $200/hour. The truth is, the hourly rate doesn’t really matter. If the answer is a number, I’d say you don’t value your time nearly enough.  “Time is money” is a popular proverb. However, I think it’s flat wrong.... Read more »
  • Undervalued Dividend Growth Stock Of The Week
    Every Sunday, I uncover a high-quality dividend growth stock that appears to be undervalued. These pieces are published at Daily Trade Alert, which is a site that focuses on dividend growth investing, stocks, and unique investment opportunities. I’ve been writing for them for years now, and they’re just great over... Read more »
  • Let’s Stay Together Forever
    Oh and I met in October 2017, right after I decided to indefinitely relocate to Thailand in order to live out my early retirement dreams. And we’ve been pretty much inseparable ever since. We’ve shared adventures big and small, had countless conversations about life, and gotten to know each other... Read more »



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    The Wealthy Accountant

  • Financial Crisis Planning from The Wealthy Accountant
    The stock market is down, reflecting the dim prospects for companies trying to turn a profit in a quickly declining economy. Decisions need to be made while you are under heavy duress. Should you sell an investment, or maybe buy? Is early retirement or collecting Social Security early a good... Read more »
  • The Fuzzy Math Behind COVID-19
    Fear is the most powerful weapon in war. Hitler deployed buzz bombs against London in an attempt to destroy resolve and heighten fear during World War II. It nearly worked, if not for the even greater resolve of the British people and their leader, Winston Churchill.  Fear is such a... Read more »
  • The First Real Test of the FIRE and FI Communities
    There is an adage on Wall Street many have repeated over the years and more so in the last month: BUY THE DIP What so many forget is another Wall Street adage similar to the first: BUYING THE DIP WORKS UNTIL IT DOESN'T I have warned this is not over... Read more »
  • Security Recovery Plan for Businesses
    All too often we install the security cameras after we are burglarized; start carrying pepper spray after an assault. Business owners, large and small, face heightened risks in our modern world and reactive security plans do not cut it. A proactive plan can prevent the breech before it ever happens.... Read more »
  • How to Protect Yourself From the Coming Tax Increase
    Two major tax increases are about to crush middle class Americans. The first tax increase has already been passed into law and will soon go into effect. The second massive tax increase is more sinister. The amount of the increase has yet to be determined, but we can get a... Read more »
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    Our Next Life

  • Recession, Coronavirus and the Future of FIRE
    We're in an unprecedented moment in history, with people staying home, businesses closed, stock markets going for a wild ride, and most of all, fear for our lives as the coronavirus pandemic worsens. What does all of this mean for the FIRE movement? What does it mean for you? Read... Read more »
  • Doing the Thing That Scares You
    One of the biggest things I've discovered in the last year is how badly I still want to be challenged despite having left my career behind. In fact, I want it so badly that I'm having to redefine what "challenge" even means to me. A real challenge involves some risk,... Read more »
  • Two Years of Early Retirement // Impact, Lessons and Future Changes
    It's exactly two years since we waved goodbye to our careers and embarked on our early retirement, what we always thought of as our next life. Now we're reflecting on what we've learned and accomplished in these first two years of this next chapter of life, along with what we... Read more »
  • New Life Rhythms, A Delayed Reckoning and Being Okay with Blogging Less
    I'm gradually moving toward a less frequent blogging schedule, driven largely by the evolving way I'm viewing and experiencing life in early retirement. This second year of early retirement has been a lot different from the first, and as I learn and evolve more, I'm discovering new ways of approaching... Read more »
  • Don’t Let Life Get Too Easy in Early Retirement
    In early retirement, we have the opportunity to make life easy, maybe too easy. And while that may sound great (no commute! no travel at the most crowded times!), a life that's too easy is actually bad for us. Let's dig into why that is and what we should all... Read more »
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    Get Rich Slowly

  • My life philosophy: 51 lessons from 51 years
    Happy birthday to me! Today, I turn fifty-one. Holy cats, that's old! It's also a very, very strange time in this world. Kim and I had planned to celebrate by spending the weekend with my brother somewhere else in Oregon. With the coronavirus crisis in full swing, that's not going... Read more »
  • mp3A short list of useful coronavirus resources
    Believe it or not, the current coronavirus crisis is affecting Get Rich Slowly too. Things are slow around here. Traffic is down. Revenue is down. Production is down. Plus, I have a big deadline at the end of the month. My project for Audible and The Great Courses is due... Read more »
  • Stopping the motor of the world
    “What a crazy day,” Kim said yesterday after she got home from work. “Coronavirus?” I asked. “Yeah,” she said. “My schedule fell apart, which I figured it would. But I did see three patients in the morning. All three were doctors. Obviously, they thought it was safe to see the... Read more »
  • How will the coronavirus affect your personal finances?
    How quickly things change. Last week, the coronavirus (or Covid-19, if you prefer) was a distant problem. It was something other people in other places had to wrestle with. Sure, there was a looming sense that maybe this runaway train was steaming our way, but it still seemed distant enough... Read more »
  • How to build credit the quick and easy way
    Most Americans know that it's important to build credit but many don't know how. If you're one of those confused about how to build credit, you're not alone. In 2019, CNBC reported that around 40% of Americans don’t know how credit scores work. This is a disappointing but not altogether... Read more »
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    Fiery Millennials

  • This is 2020
    I’m Gwen, and this is 2020. (this would probably work better if my name was actually Barbara, but I had to give it a shot!) Welcome to my post on all the goals for 2020! I’ve got big plans for the year and I’m excited to put them into action!... Read more »
  • Monthly Status Report: January 2020
    Disclaimer: some links may be affiliate links. They help offset the cost of keeping this blog running! Why do I do a monthly status report? I find it best to do a monthly status report for a few reasons. It helps me evaluate how I did the previous month. Did I hit a target reduction in spending or did... Read more »
  • Go Second, First
    I have a number of insightful conversations with friends about pretty much every facet of Financial Independence fairly regularly. I love these conversations because they make me stop and think about why I do things the way I do. I hope that my posts also make you stop and go... Read more »
  • 2019 Recap
    I’m not sure about your 2019, but frankly I’m quite glad to see it in my rear view mirror. It was a year full of adaption and change. All the changes I made in 2019 made it rather difficult to actually make progress on any one thing. I feel blessed... Read more »
  • Monthly Status Report: December 2019
    Disclaimer: some links may be affiliate links. They help offset the cost of keeping this blog running! Why do I do a monthly status report? I find it best to do a monthly status report for a few reasons. It helps me evaluate how I did the previous month. Did I hit a target reduction in spending or did... Read more »
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    The Money Mustache Community

  • Re: Shiller PE Ratio
    Quote from: mjones1234 on March 28, 2020, 12:59:21 PMThroughout the years, I've leaned on the Shiller PE ratio to get me out of equities due to far exceeding fair value. Does anyone have any arguments for or against using t...... Read more »
  • Re: Post COVID, what things in life will be fundamentally different?
    I've never understood the handshake (I will honor you that I don;t know at all with physical intimacy and giving you any cold I have) or cruise ships (voluntary physical imprisonment in a seasick environment which, if anyone happens to be present with ...... Read more »
  • Re: The sourdough thread
    I ended up moving the bowl to sit on top of the water heater/dispenser and started to notice some small changes. But it would get a bit too hot (over 85-90degrees at times) so I just took it back off. A couple questions:1) When it says to remove half ...... Read more »
  • Re: Should we be paying down debts?
    Quote from: Peachtea on March 26, 2020, 08:09:40 PMIL is in a shelter in place but Home Depot is open as an essential business, so your side hustle should be fine as long as people don’t cancel to avoid contact. Comcast - ...... Read more »
  • Re: Coronavirus is the End of Trump
    Quote from: AnnaGrowsAMustache on Today at 03:41:40 PMQuote from: Brother Esau on Today at 07:16:13 AM[quote author=AnnaGrowsAMustache link=topic=114799.msg2594306#msg2594306 date=...... Read more »
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    Early Retirement Extreme Forums

  • Money Questions • Re: Time to Move Investments to Safety? Implications?
    @bigato That's fair. It's worthwhile to consider hyperinflation or deflationary scenarios relative to your home/reserve currency of choice, commodities, etc.I think GdP is American and I'm not particularly worried about inflation here in the 1-2 year term, but it's something to think and worry about.Statistics: Posted by bostonimproper — Sun... Read more »
  • Work & Education • Re: Business ideas for the upcoming depression?
    There you have your business idea Ha! I guess I walked right into that one. I guess rule #1 for me when evaluating business ideas is that it has to be an activity I enjoy. Keeping up with tax law definitely doesn’t make the list.Statistics: Posted by Tyler9000 — Sun... Read more »
  • Money Questions • Re: Investments Trade Log
    Coronavirus: Six months before UK 'returns to normal' - deputy chief medical officerhttps://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-52084517This is the first time the UK government hinted at just how long the lockdown might really be in place. The implications on GDP/economy will be on a scale not seen before. In my opinion, this makes whole... Read more »
  • Work & Education • Re: Business ideas for the upcoming depression?
    I've thought many times about starting an online business, but the biggest hurdle to me is the insane sales tax system that has developed for digital products where every state gets to individually decide how much of a cut they get to take out of each download. It's an administrative... Read more »
  • Resources & Recommended Reading • Re: Resources and recommend watching
    The Tiger KingI'm two episodes in. These big cat people are really, really messed up. It seems like a very dirty business too.If anyone likes sci fi The Expanse and Altered Carbon are entertaining. I'm only one season into each though. Picard is OK too but since I have never... Read more »
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    montanamoneyadventures.com

  • Accomplish More by Quitting: How to Craft a Quit List
    Creating Your Quit List Listen here at Lisbyn, Apple, Castbox, or your favorite player. Jillian related that she isn’t the best quitter. She is better at pushing through the work and difficulty and not creating a ruckus about it. However, if we don’t want things in our life to be... Read more »
  • Finding Your Professional Confidence with Kayla Wells (my former assistant)
    Listen here at Lisbyn, Apple, Castbox, or your favorite player. Today, Kayla Wells, wife, mom to three kids and Jillian’s former assistant, talks about what recently changed her mindset.  When Kayla started working for Jillian, Jillian asked her to go through provided training and planning materials to help her become... Read more »
  • Your Questions Answered
    Listen here at Lisbyn, Apple, Castbox, or your favorite player. It’s time for a Q&A! In season one, the big idea is about reaching our goals and crafting our best life in the new year. In this episode, Jillian answers questions from viewers.  Enduring Tough Times Rachel asked for some... Read more »
  • How to Lean In and Find Focus
    Listen here at Lisbyn, Apple, Castbox, or your favorite player. Do you have a big list of top priorities and goals that are left unfulfilled? In this episode, Jillian discusses the importance of finding focus in our lives.  Is it okay to have a big priorities list? Reevaluate and Prioritize... Read more »
  • A Year of Depth with David Cain
    Listen here at Lisbyn, Apple, Castbox, or your favorite player. Cultivating Your Values In this episode, special guest David Cain, writer of the Raptitude blog, talks about the importance of going deeper in our lives instead of wider.  “The Idea is really to look at what you’ve already got in... Read more »
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    Done by Forty

  • It's Been a Minute
    I've been sick, dear readers. For the past two plus weeks, I've had something that feels a lot like the flu. Though I was tested for the flu and it came back negative so I guess that means it was something...other than the flu. But the only test available was... Read more »
  • VideoA Little Past Financial Independence
    Before we dive in to this week's post, I wanted to mention that I was a guest on one of my favorite podcasts last week: Jamila Souffrant's Journey to Launch.I've been listening to Jamila's podcast for while and it was such a cool, surreal experience to get to chat with... Read more »
  • VideoMaybe We Won’t Retire Just Yet?
    Mrs. Done by Forty and I have always been planners. Early on in our relationship, we created a New Year's Day tradition of going to The Olive Garden and planning out the upcoming year over salad and breadsticks.The restaurant has changed but the routine is the same: we both bring... Read more »
  • Middle Class Wealth - 2020 Update
    When I saw CBS's video on how America's wealth was divided between quintiles, the five groupings that each hold 20% of all households, I remembered that it had been over five years since I'd written a post outlining how much wealth each quintile had.How had things changed?Unfortunately, the Census Bureau... Read more »
  • Tax Refunds: CDs with a Positive ROI, not "Interest Free Loans"
    We're almost through January, so that means winter has set in, our resolutions are getting harder to stick to (or have bitten the dust entirely), and personal finance bloggers are trying to figure out how to get a few dollars of affiliate income from a tax prep software industry that has... Read more »
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    Budgets Are Sexy

  • Free “Mindful Budgeting” Templates!
    Free “Mindful Budgeting” Templates! Hey guys! One of my favorite people in the world, Cait Flanders, just released her “mindful budgeting” templates for *free* for anyone who wants them. It includes weekly spending sheets, a monthly budget, a monthly calendar to stay organized, and two exercises to help you do... Read more »
  • Quarantine check-in and savings, you?
    Quarantine check-in and savings, you? Morning! Here’s a quick corona check-in over here: # of days self-quarantined now: 13 # of people infected in our household: 0 # of days it took to feel “normal”: 5 (amazing how fast you adapt!) # of times I’ve screamed “OH HELL NO!” after... Read more »
  • A Christian’s Perspective on Debt-Free Living
    A Christian’s Perspective on Debt-Free Living [Morning! Please welcome to the site today, Larry Thomas, who shares his financial recovery going through Dave Ramsey’s baby steps program. If you can believe it this was actually a *comment* left in response to our post on 6 things Dave Ramsey is Wrong... Read more »
  • Project to keep you busy: Abraham Lincoln Penny Portrait!
    Project to keep you busy: Abraham Lincoln Penny Portrait! Okay guys, Got something for you if you’re running out of ideas over there! AND IT INVOLVES PENNIES! 846 OF THEM! Feast your eyes on this bad boy: The Abraham Lincoln Penny Portrait! $19.99 + Free Shipping If that doesn’t scream... Read more »
  • Do you feel more prepared having lived through 2008?
    Do you feel more prepared having lived through 2008? Caught this stat in my draft folder and hit me harder re-reading it now than it did in November! From a survey by real estate investing startup, Concreit: “Over half of millennials feel “more prepared” for next recession having lived through... Read more »
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    ChooseFI

  • mp3The Art of the Pivot
    Looking at this through the lens of opportunity we explore how businesses are pivoting in difficult times.   https://www.choosefi.com/start... Read more »
  • mp3Accidental Homeschooler
    Continuing on this daily podcast journey we talk about what happens when you life decides it is time to home school for a bit https://www.choosefi.com/Vincent https://www.choosefi.com/start https://www.choosefi.com/CIT... Read more »
  • mp3Important Tax Update
    Continuing the daily episode series, Jonathan and Brad talk about some tax info from Sean Mulaney. https://www.choosefi.com/start... Read more »
  • mp3This is Not a Drill
    In light of current events, We are temporarily switching to a daily show to support the community. Access Community, Resources and More https://www.choosefi.com/start https://www.choosefi.com/CIT  ... Read more »
  • mp3171 | Flexible Spending Rules For Early Retirees
    Michael Kitces joins the show to share his research on flexible spending rules as they apply to Financial Independence. His call for flexibility could impact your path to FI by several years. For more information, visit the show notes at https://ChooseFI.com/171... Read more »



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    Military Guide

  • Slow Travel Is Wonderful, Yet We Still Had Challenges
    I’ve had a bunch of reader requests for our lessons learned from slow travel. I’ll mention parts of our trips during this post, and the “Related articles” section at the bottom will have more information about our destinations. All of our Facebook photos in those links are public, and they... Read more »
  • VideoThe “What’s Up Next?” Podcast: “Looking Out For Mom And Dad”
      A few months ago I joined Doc G and Paul Thompson of the What’s Up Next? podcast for a panel discussion about a family financial problem: How do you look out for your parents when you don’t know anything about their finances or their wishes? Our panel included Cameron Huddleston,... Read more »
  • Yet Another Decade In Review Post
      My spouse and I enjoyed a heck of a year. The end of 2019 marks 20 years of our financial independence and over 17 years of my military retirement. I’ve written about military personal finance for over 15 years and I hope I have a few decades left! And... Read more »
  • Raising Your Money-Savvy Family For Next Generation Financial Independence
    It’s coming in spring 2020: the book you’ve asked for about teaching your kids how to manage their money. My daughter Carol and I recently signed a book contract with ChooseFI Media to publish “Raising Your Money-Savvy Family For Next Generation Financial Independence.” It’s written from your questions asked at... Read more »
  • Should You Attend FinCon, Military Influencer Conference, Camp Mustache, CampFI, and FI Chautauqua?
    Your journey to financial independence can be a little lonely if you’re doing it all by yourself. Even social media, podcasts, and videos are poor substitutes for hanging out with people who share your goals. This post will cover different ways to get a little boost of FI endorphins to... Read more »
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    The Frugal Vagabond

  • Living Abroad: Five Essential Survival Skills
    Living abroad is as alluring as it is polarizing. Five skills that will make your life abroad a success. The post Living Abroad: Five Essential Survival Skills appeared first on The Frugal Vagabond.... Read more »
  • Spanish Non-Lucrative Visa Renewal
    Spain can get under your skin. In the course of living here for the full first year of our non-lucrative visa, we’ve come to love our home, our city, Spanish food and culture, and most of all, the close friends… The post Spanish Non-Lucrative Visa Renewal appeared first on The... Read more »
  • Surgery in Thailand: Bumrungrad International Hospital
    I seek treatment at Bumrungrad International Hospital for a growth in my chest. How did it go? Was it cost effective to travel to Thailand for medical care? The post Surgery in Thailand: Bumrungrad International Hospital appeared first on The Frugal Vagabond.... Read more »
  • Semi-FIRE Abroad: Ordinary Days, Extraordinary Life
    We've been living here in Spain for about four months now, so how is it going? Is it everything we'd hoped for? What do we miss most (and what do we not miss at all)? Just what are we doing with all that spare time? The post Semi-FIRE Abroad: Ordinary... Read more »
  • Obtaining Your Spanish Residency Card (Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero)
    How to get your Spanish Residency Card (Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero) once you've arrived in Spain. You got your residence visa, now it's time to seal the deal! The post Obtaining Your Spanish Residency Card (Tarjeta de Identidad de Extranjero) appeared first on The Frugal Vagabond.... Read more »
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    The Millionaire Educator

  • Adiós 2019 y Bienvenidos 2020
    Okay, I know this post is late, but here it is.  Before I get into last year’s accomplishments and this year’s goals, it’s worth mentioning that there are many things in life that are more important than money:  family, community, faith, health, and love.  As I write these words, the... Read more »
  • Podcast Interview with One Million Apples
    Happy New Year!  I just wanted to let you know that I did an interview with Breanna Reish of the One Million Apples podcast.  We talked about our 2019 hardcore savings, geo-arbitrage, my Twitter “rants,” and my never-ending obsession with Bigfoot.  I hope you enjoy the interview. Gerry... Read more »
  • Tax Planning: 2020 Free Money!
    The holiday season is upon us:  fall weather, pumpkin spice, falling leaves, cool breezes…actually, who cares?  It’s tax-planning time, so it’s time for my most anticipated post of the year:  2020 Free Money! Refresher:  What is “Free Money!”? For the uninitiated, my Free Money! posts are an attempt to simplify... Read more »
  • Podcast Interview with the Confessionals
    Hi everyone!  Believe it or not, I actually have interests outside of FIRE.  If you read this masterpiece, you know I love all things Squatch.  Last February I recorded a podcast interview with Tony Merkel of the Confessionals.  We talk for about an hour about the various Georgia Bigfoot stories... Read more »
  • 2019 Q3 Update from the Swamp
    Swampy fall-is-finally-here greetings to all current and future millionaires.  With the third quarter over for 2019, it’s now time to see how we’re progressing towards our annual financial goals.  Our main financial goal for 2019 is to save $130k in our various tax-advantaged accounts:  457, 403b, IRA, and HSA accounts. ... Read more »
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    Afford Anything

  • mp3#248: Covid-19 and the Bear Market
    [smart_track_player url="https://traffic.libsyn.com/paulaandjaymoney/AA248.mp3" title="Covid-19 and the Bear Market" artist="Paula Pant" social="true" social_twitter="true" social_facebook="true" social_gplus="true" social_linkedin="true" social_stumble="true" social_pinterest="true" social_email="true" ] We are living in a time of extreme uncertainty. Many of us are questioning how we can best use the funds we have to survive it. "Should I sell the funds I... Read more »
  • mp3OMG Monday: Welp, I Have a Fever of 102.3 Degrees
    [smart_track_player url="http://traffic.libsyn.com/paulaandjaymoney/PSA_Thursday_March_19_2020.mp3" title="OMG Monday: Welp, I Have a Fever of 102.3 Degrees" artist="Paula Pant" social="true" social_twitter="true" social_facebook="true" social_gplus="true" social_linkedin="true" social_stumble="true" social_pinterest="true" social_email="true" ] It's Quarantine Day 10, and thank goodness I've been staying in, because yesterday I learned that I have a 102.3 degree fever. I don't know if it's... Read more »
  • mp3PSA Thursday: Social Distancing is Social Solidarity
    ‪My chief overriding mission is to use this platform to do everything in my power to help slow the spread of coronavirus. I'd also like to provide as much guidance as possible in this turbulent bear market and potential recession. To do that, I'm introducing a new segment to the... Read more »
  • mp3#247: Ask Paula – Is the Stock Market Going to Crash in 2020? How Should I Invest in a Bear Market?
    [smart_track_player url="https://traffic.libsyn.com/paulaandjaymoney/AA247.mp3" title="Ask Paula - Is the Stock Market Going to Crash in 2020? How Should I Invest in a Bear Market?" artist="Paula Pant" social="true" social_twitter="true" social_facebook="true" social_gplus="true" social_linkedin="true" social_stumble="true" social_pinterest="true" social_email="true" ] Caroline wants to buy her first home in Denver, CO. How can she calculate how much mortgage... Read more »
  • mp3#246: Pain, Grief, and the Pursuit of Financial Independence, with Jillian Johnsrud
    [smart_track_player url="https://traffic.libsyn.com/paulaandjaymoney/AA246.mp3" title="Pain, Grief, and the Pursuit of Financial Independence, with Jillian Johnsrud" artist="Paula Pant" social="true" social_twitter="true" social_facebook="true" social_gplus="true" social_linkedin="true" social_stumble="true" social_pinterest="true" social_email="true" ] Jillian Johnsrud grew up at the poverty line. Her mother had two children by age 19, and Jillian was raised in a town of 700 people,... Read more »
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    Side Hustle Nation

  • Flipping Books for Profit: How to Make $4000 a Month Selling Used Books
    Do you enjoy hunting for bargains that you can buy low and sell high? Charlie William does, and his book flipping business is proof that this business model still works. He’s become a master deal-hunter, selling more than $9,000 worth of used books last month on Amazon.  The best part?... Read more »
  • Hunkering Down and Leveling Up: What Can We Do Now?
    Tough times don’t last, but tough people do. As you know, one of the core themes of Side Hustle Nation is to control what you can control, even when the world seems to be spinning out of it. I’m still wrapping my head around what the coronavirus outbreak means for... Read more »
  • 379: 3 Ways to Get More Leads for Your Business
    Note: Click here to download Kai’s top tips for finding prospects and turning them into sales and paying clients from this episode. Do you want to generate more leads for your business? Are you struggling to turn prospects into paying customers? If you’re saying “yes” to either of those questions,... Read more »
  • 24 Ways to Make Money on Facebook … without Selling Your Soul
    Could you turn your Facebook habit into cash? The average Facebook user spends more than half an hour a day on the site, and the company is certainly making money off you! With more than 2 billion members, a robust advertising platform, and a popular peer-to-peer marketplace, there are tons... Read more »
  • 378: Facebook Groups: Grow and Monetize a Community Around Something You Care About
    Melissa Fassel Dunn from grouptize.com has built a thriving - and profitable - online community serving residents in her small town. The interesting part is that she didn't start her Facebook group or website with the goal of making money. She did so to solve a pain point she was... Read more »
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    Side Hustle Nation

  • Flipping Books for Profit: How to Make $4000 a Month Selling Used Books
    Do you enjoy hunting for bargains that you can buy low and sell high? Charlie William does, and his book flipping business is proof that this business model still works. He’s become a master deal-hunter, selling more than $9,000 worth of used books last month on Amazon.  The best part?... Read more »
  • Hunkering Down and Leveling Up: What Can We Do Now?
    Tough times don’t last, but tough people do. As you know, one of the core themes of Side Hustle Nation is to control what you can control, even when the world seems to be spinning out of it. I’m still wrapping my head around what the coronavirus outbreak means for... Read more »
  • 379: 3 Ways to Get More Leads for Your Business
    Note: Click here to download Kai’s top tips for finding prospects and turning them into sales and paying clients from this episode. Do you want to generate more leads for your business? Are you struggling to turn prospects into paying customers? If you’re saying “yes” to either of those questions,... Read more »
  • 24 Ways to Make Money on Facebook … without Selling Your Soul
    Could you turn your Facebook habit into cash? The average Facebook user spends more than half an hour a day on the site, and the company is certainly making money off you! With more than 2 billion members, a robust advertising platform, and a popular peer-to-peer marketplace, there are tons... Read more »
  • 378: Facebook Groups: Grow and Monetize a Community Around Something You Care About
    Melissa Fassel Dunn from grouptize.com has built a thriving - and profitable - online community serving residents in her small town. The interesting part is that she didn't start her Facebook group or website with the goal of making money. She did so to solve a pain point she was... Read more »
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    Accidental Fire

  • T.G.I.F. Friday: Volume 13
    Welcome to “Thank God I’m FI” Friday, Volume #13! Here are some things I really like and that you might too.    Finance Articles My life philosophy: 51 lessons from 51 years? (Get Rich Slowly) – “Life is like a... The post T.G.I.F. Friday: Volume 13 appeared first on Accidental... Read more »
  • Now Is Not The Time To Be Smug
    In the past week I’ve seen some financial independence folks being a bit smug about this economic crisis that COVID-19 has caused.  At one level I get it, for those who have saved money, invested wisely, lived frugally, and avoided... The post Now Is Not The Time To Be Smug... Read more »
  • How Much Has The Population In Your Area Changed?
    Pssst:  There’s more than enough to read about the pandemic right now, and I already posted about it twice from different angles.  I do not wish to turn my blog into a COVID-19 blog and frankly many of us would... The post How Much Has The Population In Your Area... Read more »
  • How The Coronavirus Might Change Food
    For introverts like me, “social distancing” isn’t something I have to be convinced to do.  It’s built into my life a little more than it is for a social butterfly or an extrovert.  So I’ve been watching with curious fascination... The post How The Coronavirus Might Change Food appeared first... Read more »
  • T.G.I.F. Friday: Volume 12
    Welcome to “Thank God I’m FI” Friday, Volume #12! Here are some things I really like and that you might too.    Finance Articles Why Does The Stock Market Go Up Over Time? (Four Pillar Freedom) – “The whole idea behind... The post T.G.I.F. Friday: Volume 12 appeared first on Accidental... Read more »
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    Independently Financed

  • Personal finance during the pandemic
    Become a Patron!As you may have heard, the world is in the throes of a new, as-yet-untreatable, easily-communicable, fairly-deadly virus. I’m not going to tell you to wash your hands, stay home, maintain physical distance, etc. You already know that, unless you’re a dedicated OANN viewer. Instead, I want to... Read more »
  • The Danger Is Still Present In Your Time
    Become a Patron!The other day I saw an amazing tweet by someone who had turned the famous “long-time nuclear waste warning message” into an iconic “Live Laugh Love”-style etched board:Every line is funny and poignant in its own way, but the one that keeps coming back to me is, “the... Read more »
  • Three approaches to cutting federal bonds out of untaxed accounts
    Become a Patron!Last month I wrote about the curious fact that mutual funds designed to be held in retirement accounts, where their distributions are generally untaxed year-to-year, nonetheless hold federal bonds that are exempt from state income taxation. I suggested that it should be possible to optimize your retirement account... Read more »
  • Don’t pay for tax benefits you’re not using
    Become a Patron!I had a very interesting conversation today that got me thinking about a tax issue I had never given serious thought to before, and which I think is probably totally unknown to most investors, but that affects virtually all of them: the exclusion of US federal interest payments... Read more »
  • Two interesting strategies for avoiding the SECURE Act’s revenue provisions
    Become a Patron!One blog I keep an eye on is Michael Kitces’s website Nerd’s Eye View. The content is rarely very relevant to me personally, but they do a terrific job digging deep into tax planning strategies and IRS rulings, so you can at least learn the outlines of an... Read more »
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    Mr Crazy Kicks

  • Guest Post at Physician on FIRE
    If you haven’t already seen it, Physician on FIRE is a blog about achieving financial independence while working in the medical field. Even though the blog is focused on challenges facing physicians, the financial aspects are still the same. Work toward … Continue reading → The post Guest Post at Physician... Read more »
  • How Much Can a Greenhouse Extend the Growing Season?
    Last year I designed and built a hoop house for around $650 in materials. I didn’t want to waste money heating the thing, so the plan was to keep it passive. Since I never worked with an unheated greenhouse before, … Continue reading → The post How Much Can a... Read more »
  • Should I Pay Off My Mortgage?
    Having a paid off house has always been a goal. Living mortgage-free sounds awesome, but it can also put the brakes on financial growth. Any money put toward home equity is robbing investment accounts of hard working capital. After years … Continue reading → The post Should I Pay Off... Read more »
  • How to Get Started Hunting Mushrooms
    I love hiking in the shade of the woods, racing to the top of a mountain to take in a satisfying view. Lately however, I’m less interested in flying up rocks and roots to see the world from afar. I’ve … Continue reading → The post How to Get Started... Read more »
  • Reflecting on Two Years of Early Retirement
    For years, I spent my days waking up early and rushing to wash, dress, and sit in traffic only to sit in a cube waiting to rush home. All that time, I was propped up by dreams of a freer … Continue reading → The post Reflecting on Two Years... Read more »
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    The Happy Philosopher

  • How to Prepare for Life After Residency
    Burnout and Finance I was recently asked to speak to a bunch of medical residents about my story of burnout and my general philosophy on finance and life. I declined for a variety of reasons, but upon reflection I realized that this was a topic I had not addressed. This... Read more »
  • A Podcast, Guest Post, and Random Musings
    Hey philosophers, just wanted to let you know about a couple of small projects I participated in recently. I haven’t had much time or motivation to write these last couple of weeks. I have been paying the work price for my two week vacation to Alaska. Flexibility to take a... Read more »
  • Running, Purpose, and Bears (Oh, my!)
    As my feet rhythmically hit the belt of the treadmill, it briefly occurred to me this was perhaps the weirdest time to start my journey back to some sort or reasonable physical fitness. The treadmill was gently rocking side to side and I was looking out at an endless expanse... Read more »
  • Why A Physician Should Work Full-Time
    As an evangelist of part-time work for physicians, I occasionally get an e-mail from a physician reader asking if cutting back on work is the right move for them. Often times they are early in their training, and I’m not sure how to respond. I feel conflicted. I know what... Read more »
  • The Government Doesn’t Want you to Work (Too Much)
    A feeling of dread suddenly came over me. The numbers just didn’t add up, yet I could not figure out where I went wrong. Maybe I typed something in wrong or missed a section, but everything looked more or less complete. Maybe I’m just getting too old for this and... Read more »





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    Slowly Sipping Coffee

  • Hello, MFLC! Mostly Funded Lifestyle Change
    There has been a lot going on lately around here. Between the separation, figuring out life, figuring out finances, figuring out new income sources… It’s a lot to take in, let me tell you. I’ve felt overwhelmed, underwhelmed, like I’m drowning financially, and also feeling at times like I’m sort... Read more »
  • VideoI Dread Dealing With Money
    Being thrust into control of my finances again has brought up a lot of “money emotions” for me. My relationship with money is an odd one because I mostly feel dread when thinking about money. Yes, dread. Dread:   1. a) to anticipate with great apprehension or fear    ... Read more »
  • Shopping for Insurance Sucks
    Oh man. This past weekend I spent about 4 hours shopping around for auto and renter’s insurance. Did it pay out to spend that much time in front of the computer? Yes, yes it did! How much? Well, if I take my savings divided by time spent looking for those... Read more »
  • Embracing the Suck
    Recently, a LOT has changed around here, like, a whole lot. My living situation, income situation, financial situation, relationship situation, hell, everything except a new vehicle to be honest. Although, TIL, I’m making $60/day as a sub which means I just got a raise! Yes! Crushing it!! Sweetest $8/hr evr... Read more »
  • Starting Over, Again…
    If you read my last post, you’ll know that things are changing pretty significantly around here. One of the biggest changes is also the one I’m worried about the most. That is the fact that I’m handling my own finances again… Yes, yes, for the last 11 yrs or so,... Read more »
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    zen habits

  • The Importance of Meditation in Crazy Times
    By Leo Babauta These are times of heightened change, disruption, uncertainty, fear, anxiety. It can feel pretty crazy for most of us. So how do we cope? What can we do in the middle of chaos and crisis? This is when meditation becomes of critical importance. Without meditation, we have... Read more »
  • 4 Mindfulness Practices That We Need Right Now
    By Leo Babauta In the middle of the chaos of the world right now, what can we do to take care of ourselves? Let’s talk about a handful of simple mindfulness practices that can be helpful. Breathe deeply into the belly. This is one to start with, no matter where... Read more »
  • Dealing with the Immense Uncertainty of the World
    By Leo Babauta The world is in a state of fear and uncertainty right now, and it’s stressful and overwhelming for most of us. This kind of fear, stress, uncertain and overwhelm can have some really strong effects on our lives: Constant fear and stress can cause anxiety problems, worsening... Read more »
  • The Power of Getting Clarity
    By Leo Babauta Before I started Zen Habits, I was in a place in my life where I had a beautiful family, but I was stuck and dissatisfied with myself. I knew I wanted to change things — my health, finances, job, way that I was approaching life — but... Read more »
  • Undone: The Unprocrastination Challenge
    By Leo Babauta This month, I’m issuing a challenge to all of you procrastinators … and no, you can’t make the joke that you’ll do it later! The challenge is called Undone: The Unprocrastination Challenge, and it’s a part of my Sea Change Program. The challenge is to set aside... Read more »
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    Financial 180

  • The Cheat Codes of FI
    For those of you following along, you know I've been a bit busy lately. In addition to my own music, podcast, and software projects, I've also been popping up on other people's podcasts. A few weeks back I sang a few bars of Michael Bublé on The FI Show with... Read more »
  • FI Without RE
    Back in November of 2017, a tired, burned out version of myself was pushed past his breaking point. After months of mandatory unpaid overtime, morning self pep-talks, stress-eating, and yelling at coworkers, the old Joel finally had enough. He walked up to his boss, and with a surprising, zen-like calm,... Read more »
  • VideoSo Much Time & So Little To Do!
    Wait a minute. Strike that – reverse it! I know, I know, I haven't updated this blog in months. What gives?! If things get any more sporadic around here I'll be on the Miss Mazuma publishing schedule! 😉 Maybe I should adopt the slogan of Wait, Buy Why and claim that I'll have... Read more »
  • Reaching for the Moon(shot)!
    This week, I'm thrilled to be featured on Coryn Quester's “Discover What's Possible” Podcast! In the interview, we talk about everything from the ‘Why' of FI,  to the most challenging aspects of financial independence for those just starting out. But one of the more interesting questions she posed really got... Read more »
  • Misconceptions of FI
    This past weekend The Wife and I went to see Crazy Rich Asians, and really enjoyed it! (Featured image credit: Entertainment Weekly) Having been on the FIRE journey for a few years now, it was fun taking in all the over-the-top luxury on the screen. Of course, this wasn't the... Read more »
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    DiverseFI

  • Episode 92: Surpassing Your Dreams For Something Better
    Earn & Invest I am proud to release episode 92 of The Earn & Invest Podcast.  This podcast is an exploration of personal finance, financial independence, and taking the conversation to the next level.... The post Episode 92: Surpassing Your Dreams For Something Better appeared first on DiverseFI.... Read more »
  • Episode 91: Coronavirus and Rebounding From Your Worst Financial Mistakes
    Earn & Invest I am proud to release episode 91 of The Earn & Invest Podcast.  This podcast is an exploration of personal finance, financial independence, and taking the conversation to the next level.... The post Episode 91: Coronavirus and Rebounding From Your Worst Financial Mistakes appeared first on DiverseFI.... Read more »
  • Episode 90: Are We Overreacting?
    Earn & Invest I am proud to release episode 90 of The Earn & Invest Podcast.  This podcast is an exploration of personal finance, financial independence, and taking the conversation to the next level.... The post Episode 90: Are We Overreacting? appeared first on DiverseFI.... Read more »
  • Episode 89: Tested By Financial, Emotional, and Physical Devastation
    Earn & Invest I am proud to release episode 89 of The Earn & Invest Podcast.  This podcast is an exploration of personal finance, financial independence, and taking the conversation to the next level.... The post Episode 89: Tested By Financial, Emotional, and Physical Devastation appeared first on DiverseFI.... Read more »
  • Episode 88: Losing Your Financial Way and Finding It On El Camino.
    Earn & Invest I am proud to release episode 88 of The Earn & Invest Podcast.  This podcast is an exploration of personal finance, financial independence, and taking the conversation to the next level.... The post Episode 88: Losing Your Financial Way and Finding It On El Camino. appeared first... Read more »
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    Vital Dollar

  • How to Make Extra Money with Paid Focus Groups
    If you’re looking for a side hustle, you may have considered completing paid online surveys, but you can take this to the next level with paid focus groups. There are lots of ways to make extra money with focus groups, both locally and online, and here we’ll explore some of... Read more »
  • How to Make $100 Fast: Free and Easy Methods to Make Money Now
    If you need to make some money quickly, there are a lot of different ways to do it. On this page you’ll find a list of different ways you can make $100 fast. Most of them are easy and will be options for just about anyone. Some of the methods... Read more »
  • DoorDash vs. Uber Eats vs. Postmates: Which is Best for Delivery Driving Jobs?
    If you’re looking to earn a little extra cash, but have an older car, working as a rideshare driver with companies such as Lyft and Uber may not be open to you. However, there are still some great ways to earn money with a delivery driving job. The on-demand delivery... Read more »
  • The 20 Best Apps That Pay You to Walk
    Walking is a part of everyday life, so wouldn’t it be great if you could get paid for doing it? You may be surprised by the number of apps that pay you to walk. In this article, we’ll take a look at more than 20 options. If you get a... Read more »
  • How to Get Paid to Test Websites
    These days, with the internet and growing technology, there are nearly limitless side hustle ideas for making extra money. Whether it is a full-time job, or whether you’re looking to make some extra cash on the side of your full-time job, extra money is available to be made! In fact,... Read more »
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    Your Money Geek

  • Review: Luigi’s Mansion 3 [Nintendo Switch]
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