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Real Estate vs Stocks: A Real-Life Look at Returns

July 10, 2020
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There will always be a hot conversation in the personal finance community about investing in real estate vs stocks. I do both, so today I’m gonna share details about two of my long-term retirement assets. Asset #1 is a Rollover IRA account. The balance is about $109k. Asset #2 is a buy-and-hold rental property I’ve owned for five years. Coincidentally, it’s also worth about $109k! […]

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The Lifetime-Net Worth-Simulator

May 25, 2020
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Happy Memorial Day everyone!! While you’re out reflecting and celebrating today, let me suggest another fun (and FREE) activity to include for your enjoyment: Filling out this Lifetime-Net Worth-Simulator! From a new blogger on the scene, Money Is a Solved Problem, who wants to help in his own way of giving you freedom :) And considering it’s only his 2nd post on the blog, I’d […]

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Did you get a Stimulus Check? What did you end up doing with it?

May 18, 2020
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Saw some stats on how people are using them, and thought it would be interesting to compare with our own community here :) Here’s what SmartAsset.com found when they polled 1,300+ people: More than half of adults – 52.09% – said they primarily plan to use their stimulus check on needs such as rent and food. Putting the money into savings was the next most […]

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“Why I Love my 401(k)”

May 13, 2020
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So this is exciting news!! Two of the three winners from this year’s 401(K) CHAMPION® AWARDS are part of our community here!! Bari Scheinbach and Laura Dobbins aka Mrs. Nickels from MyShinyNickels.com! Congrats guys!!! A cool $1,000 for just loving your 401(k)! Awesome!! Haha… You might recall me blogging about this when the contest opened up this year, but it’s an awards contest put on […]

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“I’m very happy and stable in this unstable time, ironically, unlike how lost and desperate I felt three years ago.”

April 21, 2020
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Exactly three years ago on this day, we featured a reader of the blog who was suffering tremendously and trying to get a grip not only on his finances, but on being accepted in a world that doesn’t make it easy on people of certain backgrounds. In his case, being gay, of non-white ancestry, and part of a religious Muslim community. Many of you reached […]

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6 More Ideas For Y’all

April 9, 2020
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Mornin’! Here’s a bunch more ideas for ya’ll I’ve collected from around the community… Sadly no naked men in there for you, but you’re welcome for that picture up there 😂😂 Let me know if you end up trying any of these out! ****** Framing the “art” your kids do on your walls! A reader sent this one in and it’s HILARIOUS!! From MyModernMet.com: After […]

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How I got scammed by p2b fraudsters – and how we’re fighting back

April 7, 2020
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[Hey guys! Got a note from a reader of the blog living out in Italy and dealing with an investment mess right now (amongst other things, eek!), and after some back and forth I asked if he’d be willing to share his story as a warning that even the best of us can be scammed. Though there are always red flags looking back, of course! […]

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Do you feel more prepared having lived through 2008?

March 23, 2020
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Caught this stat in my draft folder and it hit me harder re-reading it now than it did in November! From a survey by real estate investing startup, Concreit: “Over half of millennials feel “more prepared” for next recession having lived through 2008″ Over half! Not bad! It would be interesting to see how these same people are feeling NOW as we’re currently in the […]

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Just a friendly reminder…

March 17, 2020
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YOU ARE INVESTED FOR THE LONG HAUL.       YOU ARE INVESTED FOR THE LONG HAUL.             YOU ARE INVESTED FOR THE LONG HAUL.                   YOU ARE INVESTED FOR THE LONG HAUL.                         YOU ARE INVESTED FOR THE LONG HAUL.                               YOU ARE INVESTED FOR THE LONG HAUL.                                     YOU ARE INVESTED FOR THE LONG HAUL. Just a friendly reminder… was last modified: March 17th, 2020 by J. Money

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Stay fierce and focused!

March 16, 2020
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Morning! Lots of scary and anxiety-filled news going around us right now, but there’s also a lot of POSITIVE stuff happening in our community too! Here’s a bunch of notes I’ve saved up from people killing it these past handful of months, and I just know there will be MORE coming because y’all are fierce and focused! Don’t let this madness beat you!! Your freedom […]

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Joe’s $400k Net Worth + 5 Key Takeaways

March 11, 2020
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Morning! Here’s another snapshot of someone’s money that I totally forgot to share 6 months ago ;) Gave me a chance to snatch an update though so now we get to see the before and after which is cool! Original note below, and then the follow up of where they’re currently at now (bold highlights are mine that really stood out to me): ******* J […]

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“I crossed $1M in 2016, and then $2M in 2019!”

March 9, 2020
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Mornin’! Here’s a snapshot of someone’s money who recently emailed me, along with some pretty graphs and spreadsheets to gawk over ;) Been a while since we featured one of these, and always fun to peer into someone else’s $$$! Especially when we’re talking at levels like this! The first part here is all about the numbers, and the 2nd part is the *how* of […]

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Let’s play a game…

March 5, 2020
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[From 5 AM Joel…] This is a simulation game to test whether you can predict the timing of the stock market. Try it: Market Timing Game All you do is click the [Start/Pause] button, and the graph will start moving. Then, use the [SELL] and [BUY] buttons to move your money in and out of the stock market. Goal is obviously to SELL when stocks are […]

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How’s everyone’s Net Worths going?!

March 3, 2020
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A pretty slick comeback yesterday! But wasn’t so hot days earlier when I finally logged in to update it… Here was a live action shot of me at the time, lol: The numbers didn’t come out good, but they also weren’t TOO terrible?! I think I always build it up WAYYYYY too much in my head that everything’s crashing and burning and I’ll log into […]

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