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Stop Trying, Start Training for Financial Independence

Stop Trying, Start Training for Financial Independence

As I write this post, the world’s greatest athletes are gathered in PyeongChang, South Korea for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games. These athletes haven’t been trying to get to the world’s stage. They have been training for years to get there. Years of sacrifice, dedication, […]

How Watching The View Saved Us Over $15,000

How Watching The View Saved Us Over $15,000

It’s true. That morning chatfest where 5 (somewhat opinionated) ladies discuss Hot Topics saved us over $15,000! It was the most productive hour I’ve ever spent watching TV. And certainly the most lucrative. In the fall of 2010, self-proclaimed “America’s Money Answers Man,” Jordan Goodman, […]

The Dogs Lost Their Bite in 2017

The Dogs Lost Their Bite in 2017

This post is an update to Running with the Dogs (of the Dow), originally published on October 11, 2017.   In January 2017, we were looking at several investment options for the proceeds from a house sale. Our primary goal for this investment was to […]

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. After 9 years of mortgage payments, 50% of the interest has been paid, but less than 20% of the principal has […]

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

Update: Despite its recent dividend cut, as of January 1, 2018, GE is one of the 10 highest-yielding stocks on the DJIA.   General Electric whose old slogan was We Bring Good Things to Life is apparently no longer bringing good things. One of America’s […]


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