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Home Mortgage – The Great American Rip-Off

Home Mortgage – The Great American Rip-Off

The typical American family lives in a home worth $250K with a 30-year mortgage. On average, they live in the home for 9 years. But after 9 years of mortgage payments, less than 20% of the principal has been repaid. Where did all of the […]

How Cleaning Out the Fridge is Like Rebalancing Investments

How Cleaning Out the Fridge is Like Rebalancing Investments

As I was cleaning out our refrigerator this past weekend, it struck me that this task is a lot like rebalancing our investments. In our fridge, we have the staples, the leftovers, things that have gone bad, too much of certain items and stuff that […]

Retire at 70? No thank you!

Retire at 70? No thank you!

A few weeks ago, Suze Orman wrote an article entitled This is the Age You Should Retire – Not a Month or Year Before. And Suze’s recommend age? Drumroll, please……70! NO THANK YOU! Suze lays out 3 steps to make sure that you keep working […]

Gifts for the Person who has Everything

Gifts for the Person who has Everything

There’s always someone on the gift list who is especially hard to buy for. It seems they already have everything. Every new contraption, thingamabob, and doohickey imaginable. Just when you think you’ve found the perfect gift, it turns out they already have 3 of them. […]

Do I Need a Financial Planner?

Do I Need a Financial Planner?

I’m more of a do-it-yourselfer when it comes to personal finance. After years of reading every financial book I can find, making some money, losing some money, tracking our expenses, rebalancing our portfolio and talking to so-called financial experts, I came to the conclusion that […]

What Have I Gotten Myself Into? An Assessment of My First Month Blogging

What Have I Gotten Myself Into? An Assessment of My First Month Blogging

I’ve noticed personal finance bloggers generally fall into 3 categories: 1) Stay-at-home moms 2) Engineers 3) Frugal millennials Since I can check off 2 of those boxes, I thought blogging would be easy. I was wrong. I have an undergrad degree in Aerospace Engineering and […]

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 […]