February 2018

Anyone Else Do This Security Sticker Trick?

February 28, 2018
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So my wife the other day sent me a text that looked something like this: “Hey honey! Just picked up a bunch of security stickers off Amazon… gonna put them all over our new house so we don’t have to spend $200 on a security system!” To which I replied, “Lololololol” And then quickly polled my Twitter friends to see if this was “a thing,” […]

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When Your Landlord Kicks You Out of Your House…

February 26, 2018
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So we just had an exciting week! After multiple confirmations over the months that we can continue to rent our house until the end of the school year, our landlords decided to kick us out anyways, despite how pregnant my wife is or the slew of promises that we had planned our life around. And let me tell you – if you ever wondered how […]

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Why I’m Obsessed With Cemeteries

February 23, 2018
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I have a weird new habit guys, and I’m going to tell you all about it because my wife can’t stand hearing about it anymore :) <<< I LOVE CEMETERIES!!! >> <<< There, I said it! >> Why? They’re so peaceful! Thousands of people there and no one talking!! They make you appreciate the crap out of living. Because spoiler alert: everyone in the cemetery […]

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A Bunch of Questions on Debt, Investing, and Blogging

February 21, 2018
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What’s up, fiscal friends! Been answering a lot of $$$ questions lately in emails, and thought I’d pass some of them along here in case anyone else is wondering about ’em too… Most of it’s on investing, but there’s also some questions on paying off debt, buying a first home, taking on school loans, tax refunds, and then a smattering on blogging as well. Always […]

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The #YearOfNo Challenge

February 19, 2018
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What up what uuuuuuup! Got another idea for y’all today: a mixture between a Depth Year that we fell in love with last month, and a No Spend Challenge which we fall in love with pretty much every other month, haha… It’s called the #YearofNo, and a blogging friend of mine just completed her 2nd year of it, paying off over $24,000 of debt now […]

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How I Became a Millionaire Working For The Government

February 16, 2018
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[Hey guys! Welcome Rob Andersen from Mustard Seed Money to the site today, who shares his journey to his first million without having any fancy jobs or skills. It might surprise you how he and his wife got to this point (no it won’t), but it’s testament again and again just how attainable it all is so long as you put in the time and […]

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Happy Valentine’s Day! Watch Out For That Sexually Transmitted Debt!!

February 14, 2018
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I caught that on the radio this morning and almost swerved my car off the road, haha.. We’ve talked about financial STDs here in the past, but I always thought it was just a made up thing that someone more clever than me conjured up – but no, it’s apparently “a thing!” I missed the full discussion on air because it cut to commercials like […]

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10 Years of Beautyofbali :)

February 12, 2018
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Here’s something crazy – as of today, I’ve been blogging for over 25% of my life! 10 years of blogging, building, experimenting, community, friends, exploration, growth, loss, and just general happiness that we’re all still together here doing our thing and having fun :) How lucky are we?? And how awesome that someone invented the internet for us?! Haha… I couldn’t have guessed this a […]

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Is It Ever Okay To Lie To Your Spouse About Money?

February 9, 2018
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[Hey guys! Another Friday, another great post by a fine blogger out there! Up today is nomad friend of mine, Laura Grace Tarpley, who blogs about travel hacking over at LetsGoTarpley.com and shares her experience lying/not lying to her husband ;) Perhaps you have found yourself in this situation as well over the years? Let us know how you cope with it in the comments!] […]

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“American Ninja Warrior Changed My Life”

February 7, 2018
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Okay, so I’m sitting next to someone at Starbucks right now that just inspired the crap out of me. She asked me if I worked online because she always sees me typing away, and when I told her I did, she immediately jumped into her life story, wondering if it was worth sharing as well on a blog or something. 45 minutes later I gave […]

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Net Worth Update: $840,243.99 (+$37,000)

February 5, 2018
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Happy Net Worth Day! As I was updating our numbers this month, it dawned on me that I have now tracked my net worth every single month for 10 years straight now. TEN YEARS!!! That’s 120 net worth reports in a row – crazy! And in fact, a week from today is actually this blog’s 10 year anniversary too, which is a whole other win […]

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A Different Type of Identity Theft

February 2, 2018
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[Hey guys! Caught this article on a newer blog on the scene, FiredandFree.com, and just HAD to re-share it because it’s so thought-provoking! Really makes you challenge how we perceive ourselves and the overall purpose in our lives, particularly around what we do for a living… Great stuff to marinate on over the weekend, thanks Dan!] ******** On October 18, 2016, I walked into a […]

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