February 2019

Obscure financial holidays to mark on your calendar :)

February 28, 2019
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As “America Saves Week” continues on, I was reminded of some other fun holidays we should all be better about celebrating ;) After all, why should Black Friday and Cyber Monday have all the fun??? Inspired by a lively convo with @AdvisingWell: Holidays That Are Actually Good For Your Wallet: 1/10: “Cut Your Energy Costs Day” — A day that encourages people to finally look […]

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Would you give up sex for a year in exchange for a free year of college tuition?

February 27, 2019
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According to a study I just read, 61% of people would! Haha… At least when it comes to college tuition *for their kids* :) And depending on how much we’re talking about here ($20,000? $40,000?) I’d probably consider it too. It’s kinda like the opposite of prostitution – getting paid to NOT have sex – hah! There were some other interesting stats in this survey […]

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A Saver Checklist + Tips!

February 26, 2019
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In celebration of “America Saves Week” (a real thing going on right now!), here’s a checklist to see how prepared or not you are ;) Go down the list and see how many you can check off! Per AmericaSaves.org: (my answers on right) Have a financial plan with savings and debt management goals. ✅ Don’t rely on financial windfalls from gambling or winning the lottery. […]

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The average 401(k) balance by age

February 25, 2019
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I don’t know if this will make you feel better or not, but I always enjoy seeing these so I’m gonna share it around today ;) Though as the article notes: “No matter which number is closer to your reality — and certainly for some, both will feel out of reach — it’s important to remember that numbers like this are akin to train wrecks: […]

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Tooth Fairy payouts plunges for a 2nd consecutive year 🧚‍♀️

February 22, 2019
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I know this was at the top of your mind this year, so had to share the second I caught wind ;) “Tooth Fairy Payouts Plunges for Second Consecutive Year!“ According to the Original Tooth Fairy Poll® by Delta Dental, average monetary payouts are down $0.43 from last year, bringing the current rate to $3.70 for a single lost tooth. $3.70 a tooth – can […]

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When was the last time you treated yourself?

February 21, 2019
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When was the last time you really treated yourself to something? Are you happy about it? Caught this article on Business Insider and got me dreaming away the morning ;) The CEO of a marketing agency grants 10 of his employees’ wishes each year instead of giving them year-end bonuses Clever! A magical CEO Fairy where all you have to do is ask for what […]

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Some good resources on the blog to bookmark ⭐

February 20, 2019
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Hey guys! Been a while since I’ve pointed out a bunch of the resources on this blog, so thought I’d drop a quick line today to re-share some of ’em so you know they exist… Especially as it seems no one pays attention to menus and sidebars anymore ;) Hope this helps! Especially for all the newer readers of the blog! ****** Good lists to […]

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17 Hacks to Reach FIRE Faster

February 19, 2019
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Last week I asked y’all what hacks you’re doing right now to reach FIRE faster, and your answers were just as creative as they were helpful ;) Since not everyone scans the comments or reads my inbox though (at least I hope you can’t scan my secrets inbox?!), I wanted to highlight some of my favorite tips here in case you’re looking to speed up […]

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Stats That Would Make Our Founding Fathers Cringe

February 18, 2019
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Happy Presidents Day! Here are a bunch of financial stats I’ve been saving up that would shock our founding fathers right up from out of their graves, haha… All that freedom they fought for, and what do we do with it all?? Spend it accumulating more junk and getting those shackles right back on us! Treasonous! ****** “43.3% of Americans have less than $500 set […]

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How to Get Health, Wealth and Comfort… in 1890

February 15, 2019
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It’s time to go back in the financial time-machine again! This time to 1890 where this magnificent pamphlet was created to help you get more health, wealth and comfort at the turn of the century… [“Peerless Rockville: How to Get Health, Wealth, Comfort” by Henry N. Copp] There’s a hidden agenda inside (the publishers want you to buy a lot in their new community they’re […]

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You’re Hot, But Your Finances Are Not!

February 14, 2019
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[Happy Valentine’s Day!! Please welcome our friend Lance to the blog today who reminds us how important it is to stay away from STDs…  Sexually Transmitted Debt ® ;) We first ran this piece about two years ago, but had to bring it back for anyone who’s slipped into dangerous territory again… Always gotta stay vigilant, friends! Can’t be too careful out there!] ******* There […]

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Model Ts and Immoral Debts

February 13, 2019
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This is going to sound silly, but I spent the better half of two hours yesterday pouring over Ford Model T’s and debating whether it was worth buying one or not, haha… Of course I chose “not” (who needs a Model T these days???) but it came after reading an article in COINAge Magazine where I learned you could pick one up for only $15,000 […]

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New Book (and Giveaway): “Work Optional” by Tanja Hester of OurNextLife.com

February 12, 2019
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What up what up! Another new $$$ book just hit the shelves today! This one’s called “Work Optional: Retire Early the Non-Penny-Pinching Way” and comes way of Tanja Hester of the popular FIRE blog, OurNextLife.com. It’s been getting some mixed reviews, but considering she retired early at 38 and is now living The Good Life, chances are there are some solid tips in it ;) […]

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Hack #1308: Put yourself in situations where you can’t even spend if you wanted to!

February 11, 2019
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Had to laugh at this recent comment on our Stamp Hustling post: “It’s easier to hit a high savings rate when you’re underwater for 90-day patrols.” Haha… It came from our retired submariner friend, Nords, who RACKED UP the money while out on deployments, and yet it highlights a pretty simple – but obvious! – point: If you don’t have a way to spend your […]

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