Mr. 1500

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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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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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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“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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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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How I Learned to Stop Worrying About Money and Quit My Job

August 16, 2017
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[As part of our new weekly column by Mr. 1500 of 1500Days.com] ****** I left my job about 4 months ago and haven’t regretted it a bit. My career didn’t even last 20 years. I started my first real job in January of 1998 and my last day was April 13th of 2017. Leaving wasn’t an easy decision. I have money security issues and suffered from […]

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Are You Saving Like the Titanic?

August 9, 2017
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[As part of our new weekly column by Mr. 1500 of 1500Days.com] ***** Did you know that the Titanic almost didn’t sink? Here’s what happened: The captain took corrective action when the ship was about 1000 feet away from the iceberg. The starboard (right) side of the ship brushed the ice, tearing open five compartments (the ship could sustain damage to four and stay afloat). The rest of […]

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Three Things I’ll Spend Money On (and Three I Won’t)

August 2, 2017
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[As part of our new weekly column by Mr. 1500 of 1500Days.com] ****** See that sign up there? I noticed it on a hike in Boulder Colorado a couple weeks ago. I had no idea what a paraglider was, but I was determined to find out. The thought of flying greatly excites me, but I always dismissed the idea of owning anything that flies because […]

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This Is Why I Own a Home

July 26, 2017
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[As part of our new weekly column by Mr. 1500 of 1500Days.com] ****** Recently, J. Money wrote an article on why he doesn’t like owning a home. A naughty dishwasher hose leaked and caused thousands of dollars of damage to the home he was renting. J. Money describes the chaos: Walked into the kitchen and saw air (water?) bubbles on the floor Walked into far corner of the basement […]

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Lifestyles of The Rich and Frugal

July 19, 2017
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[As part of our new weekly column by Mr. 1500 of 1500Days.com] ****** The most frugal times of my life were my college years. While my apartment rent was paid with loans, I had to come up with money for everything else. To support myself, I worked for minimum wage ($4.25/hour) at a computer lab. This income had to pay the utility bills and everything else. I kept […]

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Fidget Spinner Finance

July 12, 2017
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[As part of our new weekly column by Mr. 1500 of 1500Days.com] ****** Late in the school year, I went to my older daughter’s classroom to pick her up. When I got there, an overly excited classmate ran up to me holding a spinning contraption: Classmate: Look at this!!! Me: Is that a gyroscope? I had one of those when I was your age. Classmate: No, it’s a […]

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My Journey To Freedom: $12 to $1,800,000 in 32 Years

July 5, 2017
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[Hey guys! This is the start of Mr. 1500‘s weekly Wednesday posts here on the blog. We thought we’d kick it off with the backstory on how he came to reach financial independence, as it’s something most of us are still striving for (including myself!). We hope you enjoy the new column!] ****** At the age of 43, with a net worth of over $1,800,000, […]

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