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Money Doesn’t Matter. Until it Does.

September 20, 2017
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[As part of our weekly column by Mr. 1500 of 1500Days.com – a fellow blogger who retired at 43!] ****** My cover as a blogger was blown last year when a story about us went viral. I knew something was wrong when the blog went down. When it finally came back up, I had over 30,000 page visits and it was still before noon. On that day, we […]

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New Experiment: Buying All My Clothes Online!

September 18, 2017
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Alright guys – I’m on a new mission over here! I’ve whined about this before, but ever since I’ve gone down this glorious road of minimalism and not shopping anymore, my wardrobe has gone completely from Rockstar to Vagabondstar and my clothes are literally falling apart. Here are the jeans I’m currently wearing: Notice the beautiful patches along WITH the holes :) Not so bad […]

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I’d Scoop up Poop if it Made Me Happy

September 15, 2017
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That’s a comment I just left on a friend’s blog post – “I’d scoop up poop if it made me happy.” It was in response to her going back to a 9-5 again after trying her hand at entrepreneurship (congrats, Lauren!), and reminded me of how far I’ve come in my own thinking over the years… Back when I quit got laid off of my […]

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6 of My Favorite Money Hacks

September 13, 2017
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[As part of our weekly column by Mr. 1500 of 1500Days.com – a fellow blogger who retired at 43!] ****** Life is good in retirement. I’m thrilled to have a net worth of $1,900,000 which enables me to live my life on my own terms. Instead of answering to Mr. Bossman, I wake up and do whatever I want. On some days, I’ll ride 40 miles into the […]

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Reader Question: What To Do With A $100k Inheritance?

September 11, 2017
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Heyo! Okay, this is totally going to look planned considering last Friday’s hypothetical on winning $100,000, but I swear this is a real question and that our friend here did not win any magical genie requests :) In fact, she got the money through the opposite of a fun situation :( Here’s her note below, followed by my own thoughts for her to marinate on […]

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Would You Rather… Have All The Knowledge in The World From $$$ Books – OR – $100,000 In Cash?

September 8, 2017
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Happy 401(k) Day, everyone! Yup, it’s a real day, and one of real importance too! Given that the bulk of American’s money is totally invested in their 401(k)s and respective counterparts. Trillions and trillions of it! (Don’t quote me on that one as I’m too lazy to research it right now, but I do know it’s a lot! ;)) So before we get to today’s […]

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My Favorite Underdogs

September 6, 2017
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[As part of our weekly column by Mr. 1500 of 1500Days.com – a fellow blogger who retired at 43!] ****** Since you’re here on Budgets Are Sexy (BAS), I know that you’re no dummy. You’re actually savvy and smart. There are millions of you that read BAS, so it’s a silly exercise to generalize, but I’m going to do it anyway. If I were to […]

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My Net Worth After Laboring For 37 Years: $659,786.34

September 4, 2017
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See what I did there? My net worth after LABORING for 37 years? Because it’s LABOR DAY? And I’m updating my NET WORTH?? Gah, nevermind… If there was ever a day people were forced to calculate their numbers though, today would be it :) What better way to reflect on all those years of working than looking at what you have to show for it? […]

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Financial Confessional: “I Was a Check-Bouncing, Collector-Dodging Accountant!”

September 1, 2017
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[Welcome to a new post in our Financial Confession Series :) Up today, Christine Luken who went from financial mess to financial coach! Whip out your coffee and donuts this morning, and enjoy the story…] ******* Four years after I graduated from college, I hit financial rock bottom – hard. I owed three different payday lenders money. I received regular collection calls on my credit […]

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“I Hide Money From My Wife”

August 30, 2017
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[As part of our weekly column by Mr. 1500 of 1500Days.com – a fellow blogger who retired at 43!] ****** At a recent party, I had a very interesting conversation with an old and good friend (I’ll call him Jeff). It started when Jeff asked me how my work was going. Jeff had no idea that I had quit my job. He also didn’t know about […]

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$20 Does The Trick!

August 28, 2017
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I’ve caught myself offering the same advice lately, anytime someone asks me whether they should pay off their debts or start saving for an emergency fund, or start investing, or start saving for an emergency while they’re paying off debt and investing all at the same time. And that’s simply been: “Just start putting $20/mo towards them!” Nothing too crazy or earth shattering, but definitely […]

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What My Ridiculous Parents Taught Me About Money

August 25, 2017
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[Please welcome one half of the duo from DukeofDollars.com today, as Jack spills his heart here on all things financial he learned from growing up in a helluva toxic household, ugh… As a parent this KILLS ME, and I wish this upbringing on no kids out there! What is wrong with people????] ******** The first time I rode a four wheeler as a kid, my […]

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The Paradox of Money

August 23, 2017
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[As part of our weekly column by Mr. 1500 of 1500Days.com – a fellow blogger who retired at 43!] ****** I really like my life. I’ve arranged my life so that I can do what I want. – Warren Buffett I’m a big fan of Warren Buffett, but not for the reason you may think. While Warren is an investing genius, there are plenty of […]

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Sneaky Credit Card Penalties!

August 21, 2017
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Went in to pay my AMEX card as I usually do each month (on time), and saw this gem of a notice highlighted in my face as I went to click the “pay” button: “If we do not receive your Minimum Payment Due by the Payment Due Date of 09/08/17, you may have to pay a late fee of up to $38.00 and your APRs […]

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