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When luxuries become necessities

March 18, 2019
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Morning, guys! So I’ve started subscribing to some new newsletters lately to better expand the ol’ mind, and this last one I read by David Perell (who I very much recommend, btw) featured a great clip that I can’t stop marinating on: “One of history’s few iron laws is that luxuries tend to become necessities and to spawn new obligations. Once people get used to a […]

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80 Years of Financial Hindsight

March 15, 2019
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Hey guys! Got an interesting note from a reader of this blog who sent the following in the subject line: “A middle of the night thought.” Of course I had to open it up to see what it was about :) “Wondered if you would like a little article written by an old fart (80) about his thoughts and concerns and what he would have […]

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What are you doing with your tax refunds?

March 14, 2019
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Saw this list come out on the best ways to use your refund money, and thought I’d use it as an opportunity to live vicariously through you guys since I’m getting squat this year ;) Though by no design of my own as I LOVE getting a nice chunk back every year and thinking about all the ways to power your goals! Even if it’s […]

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The World’s Best Banks According to Forbes

March 13, 2019
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Guess who landed the #1 slot on the new “World’s Best Banks” list?? Oh – it’s USAA! Heyo!!! And that’s just not my opinion as it always is, but this time that of a new survey that just dropped by Forbes after interviewing over 40,000 people around the globe. Here’s the background on it: Instead of gauging the balance sheets and P&L statements, as Forbes […]

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“Buy your home like a landlord, live like a renter.”

March 12, 2019
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Got another excellent idea for all house hunters / owners out there!! This one comes from Jessi upon hearing news that we’re considering owning again, and I’ll admit it’s actually helped calm my nerves a bit just reading and seeing how you can *systematize* things and better separate out your emotions from the equation. Something I’m notorious for, especially when big decisions are on the line […]

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Are you a member of the Mileage High Club?! ;)

March 11, 2019
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Glanced down at my odometer last week and realized my Lexi had crossed 100,000 miles!!! Woo! Went to humble brag about it over on Twitter because what proud parent wouldn’t?!, and was quickly put to shame by just about the entire financial community, haha… Here’s what I wrote: And then here’s what I had to deal with: “Is 100,000 a lot to some people?” – […]

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Where are you on your path to Financial Independence? Take this test.

March 8, 2019
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Saw this on Twitter and couldn’t pass it up: In a nutshell: After you answer 20 super easy questions, it’ll spit out your rank and roughly where you stand in your journey towards financial freedom right now :) It comes from a newer blogger on the scene, Cashflow Cop (such a good name!), who was inspired by posts from Joel at FI 180 and JD […]

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Advice From a Coffee Mug ☕

March 7, 2019
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If you never thought your mug could change your life, think again ;) From my new favorite reader of the blog, Alyssa: Good morning J! I was looking through the office coffee mugs this morning for the biggest mug available to try to get enough caffeine to get me through the day and I found this gem. Not only does it provide the sweet sweet […]

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Excellent home searching advice, especially for first time buyers…

March 6, 2019
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Guys, first off – THANK YOU for all the love and tips and thoughts from yesterday! I can’t tell you how nice it is to get all this out in the open instead of being so stuck in my head all day, haha… And the Mrs. greatly thanks all of you too! Especially those on “Team Wife!” ;) We’ll be getting back to the more […]

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My wife is itching to own a home again (!!!)

March 5, 2019
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As we approach our upcoming move back to the greatest state in the nation this summer (Virginia is for lovers!), my wife’s hints of revisiting home ownership again are getting harder and harder to ignore… “Wouldn’t it be nice to finally settle down once and for all?” she likes to sneak in… “Don’t you just hate waiting on people to fix stuff in our house […]

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Net Worth Update #133: $877,998.20 [+$29,332.73]

March 4, 2019
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Hidey-ho! Another good month for the markets in Feb! And almost back to where we were in September when it last peaked! Only $24,135.31 to go for us to get back there, haha, how about you? Here’s a fun snapshot of how it’s gone for us the past few months… Something tells me this is just the beginning of what’s to come ;) (A delta […]

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Favorite articles from around the web this month ✨

March 1, 2019
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Gooooood morning, beautifuls! What’s new in your world? How’d your February wrap up? Have you started updating your net worth already since it’s the 1st and therefore THE MOST IMPORTANT THING YOU CAN DO TODAY? Besides getting paid? ;) I’ll be sharing mine shortly as we always do, and it’ll actually mark the 133rd month in a row of doing so, which is quite literally […]

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Obscure financial holidays to mark on your calendar :)

February 28, 2019
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As “America Saves Week” continues on, I was reminded of some other fun holidays we should all be better about celebrating ;) After all, why should Black Friday and Cyber Monday have all the fun??? Inspired by a lively convo with @AdvisingWell: Holidays That Are Actually Good For Your Wallet: 1/10: “Cut Your Energy Costs Day” — A day that encourages people to finally look […]

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Would you give up sex for a year in exchange for a free year of college tuition?

February 27, 2019
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According to a study I just read, 61% of people would! Haha… At least when it comes to college tuition *for their kids* :) And depending on how much we’re talking about here ($20,000? $40,000?) I’d probably consider it too. It’s kinda like the opposite of prostitution – getting paid to NOT have sex – hah! There were some other interesting stats in this survey […]

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