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GE – No Longer the Brightest Bulb in the Shed

GE – No Longer the Brightest Bulb in the Shed

General Electric whose old slogan was We Bring Good Things to Life is apparently no longer bringing good things. One of America’s oldest and greatest companies is not having a good year. Or decade. Or couple of decades. You know GE – THE light bulb […]

Understanding Different Types of Income

Understanding Different Types of Income

Several years ago, Warren Buffet famously declared that he pays a lower percentage tax rate than his secretary. Many felt this was an injustice. Politicians were quick to jump on the bandwagon and introduce the Buffett Rule, which would ensure individuals making more than $1M […]

Will Our Housing Bubble Burst? TWICE?

Will Our Housing Bubble Burst? TWICE?

We just got some great news! According to our local Association of Realtors, home prices in our neighborhood have increased 31% over last year. So why aren’t we rejoicing? Because this seems eerily reminiscent of how we felt living in South Florida from 2000 to […]

The Fear of FIRE or At least Talking About It

The Fear of FIRE or At least Talking About It

We are on track to meet our financial independence goal in the summer of 2020, the date my husband plans to leave the workforce for good. You’d think that we would be shouting this news from the roof tops, but instead, we’re reluctant to talk […]

7 Ways to Save on Car Insurance When Adding a Teen to Your Policy

7 Ways to Save on Car Insurance When Adding a Teen to Your Policy

After my last post, Got Teen Boys? It’s Gonna Cost You, I heard from many readers who also felt the pain of teen drivers. We shelled out nearly $7500 during the first year when our 2 teen boys started driving. But rather than wallow in […]

Got Teen Boys? It’s Gonna Cost You!

Got Teen Boys? It’s Gonna Cost You!

The Effect of Teen Boys (and a Couple of Accidents) on Auto Insurance Rates Our two oldest kids are teen boys. They’re great kids – healthy, happy and respectful (most of the time.) Sure, they eat a lot and their soccer bags smell like a […]

Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda – The Tales of Selling Company Stock

Coulda, Woulda, Shoulda – The Tales of Selling Company Stock

Coulda, woulda, shoulda – the lament of anyone who has ever sold stock too soon or held stock too long. This rings especially true when talking about stock in the company for which you work. The issue of When to Sell our company stock has […]

Single-Payer Healthcare – Painful or Painless? A Firsthand Comparison of American and Canadian Healthcare

Single-Payer Healthcare – Painful or Painless? A Firsthand Comparison of American and Canadian Healthcare

There are few topics in America today that garner as much controversy as healthcare. With the President’s promise to repeal and replace Obamacare or ACA (Affordable Care Act,) individuals relying on this insurance are in a constant state of instability. Yes, I realize that’s an […]

Details of Our Retirement Budget

Details of Our Retirement Budget

The most critical step in planning FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early) is estimating your financial needs when you no longer have a day job. Paying careful attention to this step will provide the goal for how much money you need and how long it will […]

How to Create a Plan for Total Financial Freedom

How to Create a Plan for Total Financial Freedom

If you’ve read anything on this site, then you’re probably familiar with the backstory of how we started our race to financial freedom. But for those of you that are new to the site, here’s a brief recap. Very brief. Husband comes home from work, […]