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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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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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What Would You Do With An Extra $1,000?

August 14, 2017
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I came across this gem while decluttering some old “memory” boxes the other day… (the hardest to declutter btw – good lord!): In case you can’t read that, it says I would do the following if I were given $1,000 back in the day (mid-80’s): Buy 3 Nintendo games Buy a pair of roller blades Get $75 worth of “drawing things,” such as drawing books, […]

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My Life (And Finances) After Escaping a Cult

August 11, 2017
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[Hey guys! Please welcome Ava to the blog today – a newer blogger on the scene with an INCREDIBLE backstory. She blogs over at MillennialMoneyChallenge.com and is on a mission to go from cult survivor to financial independence by 40 (!). I was blown away after stumbling across her “about” page last week, and asked if we could republish a bulk of it here which […]

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What Being Homeless Taught Me About Money and Happiness

August 4, 2017
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[Got another great guest post for y’all today. This one comes from Lyn Alden, a newer blogger on the scene who puts out some great in-depth financial guides on her site. Today she dives inwards and shares a part of her own journey with us, and what she’s learned about money and happiness throughout it. Hop on over to her site when you’re done and show […]

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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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“You do not have to worship money to want to have control over it.”

July 31, 2017
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This probably comes off strange right after our post on hiring escorts Friday, but what can I say – we’re an equal opportunity blog here :) And truth be told, this stuff is much more aligned with my own views and lifestyle, despite it not being as sexy (quite literally!). I got this email from another reader of our site – we’ll call her “Gloria” […]

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Adults Can Do Whatever They Want

July 24, 2017
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Here’s a convo my 5 y/o son and I had the other day: 5 y/o: “What are you eating over there???” Me: “A chocolate bar – mmm mmm it’s tasty.” 5 y/o: “How come you can have a chocolate bar right now and I can’t?” Me: “Because I’m an adult – and adults can do whatever they want.” I probably should have said “Because you’re […]

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The Beach, Turning Into Super Daddy, and Our New Summer Blogging Schedule

July 3, 2017
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Yo yo yo! #1) The beach I’m currently at the beach, enjoying our yearly family vacation where the 12 of us (7 adults and 5 kids) smush into a rental house and do our best to relax :) But it’s a) Free (thanks mom and dad!), and b) full of babysitters so us parents can take long awaited date nights – woopeeeee!!!! It’s like college […]

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Whatcha Know About Legacy Binders?

June 28, 2017
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Got a note from a reader here after an unfortunate event happened at her work, and thought it was a great way to introduce a topic many of us don’t enjoy dealing with (and rightfully so ;)). The timing was pretty impeccable too, as my father has once again asked me if I’ve filled out all the info from this book he keeps recommending to […]

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“Maybe the life you’ve always wanted is buried under everything you own!”

June 21, 2017
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Got another book recommendation for y’all! The More of Less, by Joshua Becker. Where that headline came from, and which should be the official bumper sticker of all minimalists, haha… “Maybe the life you’ve always wanted is buried under everything you own!” How good is that?? Similar to the book, Essentialism, I raved about the other month, this is another one that helps get your […]

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Beware of STDs (Sexually Transmitted Debt)

June 12, 2017
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This is a quick note to remind us that not everything goes to plan – even when you do hit FIRE!! (Left in the comment section of our early retirement quiz last week) I haven’t really done the quiz – but rather than be a role model for y’all, let me be your warning. I had aimed for retirement by 50. And achieved it. At […]

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My 15-Year Journey to Financial Independence

June 9, 2017
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[Hi guys! Got an awesome post for y’all today on hitting FIRE through real estate. It comes from my boy Chad Carson who’s currently chilling in Ecuador with his family living the good life as we’re all chained to our desks ;) Great guy, great insight, and great story. Hope it inspires you!] ******** When we started our real estate investing business in 2003, I […]

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The Real Reason We Buy Stuff

June 7, 2017
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Have you ever met anyone who buys stuff they hate? Who willingly goes out of their way to blow money just because they see someone else doing it? I haven’t, yet we’re always talking about these “Joneses” who we’re supposedly keeping up with as if we were robots without any capability to think for ourselves! We are influenced by them, but the real reason we […]

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