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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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Financial Confession: I Bought a Used Honda for $45,000

June 2, 2017
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[Really excited to bring you this guest post by Carl of 1500Days.com today. It’s such a breath of fresh air when all you hear from $$$ experts these days is to save save save and hold off on the fun fun fun! And while this post is technically about a car today, try reading it with your own dream swapped in as it’s about the […]

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The Mayonnaise Jar

May 29, 2017
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It’s a good day to be reminded of what’s important in life :) (SPOILER ALERT: it’s not money!) “The Mayonnaise Jar” A professor stood before his philosophy class and had some items in front of him. When the class began, wordlessly, he picked up a very large and empty mayonnaise jar and fills it with golf balls. He then asked the students if the jar […]

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“It’s strange going from saving money your whole life to spending it!”

May 22, 2017
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Two years ago when my mom was on the verge of retiring early, my dad and I got to talking about his journey of employment, and why he didn’t think he was quite ready to throw in the towel just yet. I don’t recall the full conversation, but there was one line he said that I’ve yet to forget: “It’s strange going from saving money […]

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That Time I Woke Up From a “Bill Coma” and Started Saving My $$$!

May 17, 2017
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You know when you’ve paid a bill for so long that it just becomes habit and you don’t even pay attention to it anymore? Because at one point in your life it made sense, but now who knows? (Because of the whole not paying attention part?) I call that being in a “bill coma,” and it was exactly my life 3 years ago despite being […]

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Financial Mad Lib, Anyone?

May 15, 2017
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What’s up, my sexy awesome dope money friends! Today I’d like to present to you a rousing game of Financial Mad Libs! To a) help you avoid doing your work and b) better learn all your secrets! Mad love to Full Time Finance who inspired this post by doing his own libbing last week, thereby shooting me down memory lane to dig up our own […]

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5 Frugal Things + A Better Way to Stalk $$$ Blogs!

May 8, 2017
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Hey guys! Ever wanted to see a live stream of alllllllllllll the financial blog posts being published in our community? Check this out: http://directory.rockstarfinance.com/feeds We just launched it last week, and it tracks every article published in the last 24 hours from our entire database of personal finance blogs we’re tracking – now at 1,004 (!!). (When we launched the directory three months ago we […]

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What’s Your Dumbest Money Mistake Lately? (Tell us For a Chance at $100!)

May 3, 2017
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What’s up guys! It’s that time again to give out another $100 in cash to one of you lucky Budgets Are Sexiers :) Rachel from AdultingByDesign.com won last month’s Benjamin and ended up using it to pay off some of her debt (smart woman!). Now, maybe it’s your time to snatch up the $$$? As always, the rules are super simple to enter: You need […]

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