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Make America “IOU” Free Again!

August 10, 2016
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That was the subject line of a PR email I just got. Which of course I had to click and then copy as my own subject line because how could you not?? It came from the folks at Circle.com – a mobile app that’s trying to change how people pay each other around the world (you can send money internationally for free!), and within the […]

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Are Your Friends Worth $100,000 to You??

August 3, 2016
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Every now and then I type “How to stay happy?” into Google looking for some good tips. I’m naturally a pretty cheerful guy, but like anyone I can have my moments and often need help reminding myself to appreciate things more. You know, like my kids, wife, that thing we call breath ;) I usually find the same suggestions over and over again so not […]

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The Declutter Days Are Here! Look How Much of a Bozo I Used to Be…

August 1, 2016
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Today marks the first day of The Weekly Declutter Challenge! Every week we’re sorting through one box or tote or container, until our storage room is completely free of junk and organized. And we’re starting with the biggest beast of them all – our file cabinet! Gonna feel so good throwing away and shredding stuff! Wanna join me?? :)) We’ve actually had a great system […]

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We’ve moved! Here’s what it means for our finances, and what we’ve learned from downsizing so far.

July 29, 2016
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We’re officially Marylanders again! I’m sitting at our new kitchen table here in dead silence, other than wild animals roaming around, haha… Here’s what we came home to the other day: Forgot how beautiful it was here! Saw some bunnies outside this morning grazing too which scared my boys into thinking we’d only have dirt left when they were done eating ;) A reminder of […]

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A Simple Spreadsheet on “When You Can Retire” (And Also How Long You Have Until Death!)

July 25, 2016
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One of the cool things about running a blog is that sometimes people send you cool stuff. You get a bunch of crap/spam/nonsense as well, but fortunately the gems help make up for it :) (Here was the last piece of fan mail I received – “I don’t really care to read about your life for the few nuggets of financial advice you give. My […]

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One Minute Goal Setting For Your Finances

July 20, 2016
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“Secondhand books are wild books, homeless books, they have come together in vast flocks of veriegated feather, and have a charm which the domesticated volumes of the library lack.” – Virginia Woolf One of my favorite places to visit every year is a quaint little town called Lewes – just minutes from Rehoboth Beach, Delaware, which proudly claims the title of “The First Town in […]

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What Were You Doing on June 24th, 2001?

June 24, 2016
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This chick next to me at Starbucks right now really wants to know :) Or rather, she wants to know what her friend was doing on June 24th as she’s YELLING REALLY LOUDLY into the phone and I can’t concentrate on what I’m doing here! And now wondering what the hell I was doing myself all those years ago too?! It’s actually 15 years to […]

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How Can You Tell if an Experience is Worth it?

June 10, 2016
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Got a great email from a reader the other day and thought you’d want to chime in :) As someone who has just made a pretty big decision personally in the “experience” department (though one that actually pays vs the other way around! Haha…) it’s been something a lot on our minds too. Here’s the note/question: What up J$!  I read an article about 5 […]

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We’re About to Be DIKS! (Hubba Hubba)

June 8, 2016
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10 years ago we used to be DINKS (Dual Income No Kids). Then my wife decided to grab a couple extra degrees (a Masters, leading to a P.H.D.), and we quickly became SINKS over night (Single Income No Kids). That was pretty manageable, but then we decided to shake things up even more and pop out a couple of kids, thereby activating SIKS status (Single […]

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