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In Retirement

How not to be screwed over by a Financial Advisor

It’s no secret the blogosphere tends to hold financial advisors in contempt. The money blog movement is steeped in DIY gumption that does not lend itself well to seeking outside help. Additionally, even though bloggers won’t admit it, at some subconscious level they have a self-serving interest in admonishing the industry. Let’s be honest; it’s a lot harder to sell eBooks, courses and affiliate links to people who are being served by an advisor. I have had the privilege of having a foot in bo
Oct 4, 2018·10 min read
In Retirement

Before assuming that you aren't rich, understand what "rich" means

When I was a kid, I naturally assumed that people who drove around in expensive cars are rich and wealthy. They all must lead super glitzy lives of wealth, live in nice homes and generally just lead whatever I thought was the "perfect life" at the time. Though many of those people are rich, I learned over the years that a high income and a relentless acquisition of expensive things don't, in reality, make anyone ric
Sep 18, 2018·6 min read
Guest Posts

Counterpoint: Information technology jobs can be fulfilling

Last week, I read Steve's post “Why are careers in information technology unfulfilling ?” as I too have spent my entire working career in this field. Fact is, I’m still there. I understand the viewpoint presented, yet I also felt there is - or could be, a different perspective. Rather than dumping this entire post into a comment, we decided a separate guest post was better. Let’s jump in. The three main arguments in the
Feb 28, 2018·5 min read
budget

Kill It: Pay yourself first

Let’s face facts: Budgets kinda suck. They aren’t fun. They take time and effort to create and maintain. Maybe it’s time to ditch the budget. Maybe it’s time to pay yourself first. But what does that even mean, "pay yourself first"?
Feb 26, 2018·5 min read
Careers

Why are careers in information technology unfulfilling?

In the personal finance community, we get to read a lot of people's stories about why they chose a path to early retirement (or at least financial independence)...
Feb 21, 2018·8 min read
In Retirement

Are million dollar early retirees ruining personal finance?

I stumbled across a blog recently (and I'm hating myself for not remembering what one!) and read an explanation of why the personal finance community just doesn't feel right. It's not them. It doesn't represent them. They don't feel as if they belong. The reason? In large part, the relatively high net worths of those who have achieved financial independence. We track these numbers over on the Rockstar Net Worth Tracker . The argu
Feb 14, 2018·4 min read
Financial independence

Christmas Week in Photos: Zion National Park

Hey all! Welcome to Christmas week. This week, instead of talking about personal finance, I'm giving you people one of my very favorite photos each day from our travels this year. Breathtaking isn't a strong enough word to describe Zion National Park in Utah. It's amazing. Super unique. But, very, very crowded, especially during the summer, any holidays and spring break (and fall break?). I snapped this shot when we were visiting my folks, who live in Utah, this spring. Oh, and by the way - hap
Dec 29, 2017·1 min read
Financial independence

Christmas Week in Photos: Valley of Fire

Hey all! Welcome to Christmas week. This week, instead of talking about personal finance, I'm giving you people one of my very favorite photos each day from our travels this year. Here is one of my favorite shots of my lovely bride sitting on a deserted road in Valley of Fire State Park in Nevada. Valley of Fire is an amazing place to visit, easily more unique than most of the parks we've seen. Courtney in Valley of Fire State ParkCheck out yesterday's photo [https://thinksaveretire.com/christm
Dec 28, 2017·1 min read
Financial independence

Christmas Week in Photos: Snow covered Yellowstone

Hey all! Welcome to Christmas week. This week, instead of talking about personal finance, I'm giving you people one of my very favorite photos each day from our travels this year. After wintery weather in early September, Yellowstone's distant mountains glow with snow on a cold fall day. Geese were making all kinds of racket in the lake that you see in the foreground, too. They just wouldn't shut up. A snowy Yellowstone National Park in SeptemberCheck out yesterday's photo [https://thinksaveret
Dec 27, 2017·1 min read
Financial independence

Christmas Week in Photos: Lake Shastina

Hey all! Welcome to Christmas week. This week, instead of talking about personal finance, I'm giving you people one of my very favorite photos each day from our travels this year. Here is beautiful Lake Shastina in Weed, CA . Penny, our rescued Boxer, liked dipping her paws into the water, but she's d
Dec 26, 2017·1 min read
Financial independence

Christmas Week in Photos: The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone

Hey all! Welcome to Christmas Day. This week, instead of talking about personal finance, I'm giving you people one of my very favorite photos each day from our travels this year. Here is the Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, a stunning geologic feat that's absolutely breathtaking to visit and even better to photograph. From the National Parks Service website : > The Yellowstone River is the force that created the canyon and the falls. It begin
Dec 25, 2017·1 min read
Financial independence

My side hustle idea; whatcha think?

Raise your hand if you're sitting in a half-full office today? The week of Thanksgiving, every office I've ever worked in was at least half empty. It was one of my favorite times to be at the office, actually. It was slow. And, I didn't have to take PTO! And, you're probably making the rounds throughout the blogosphere with those folks who've actually posted something today - like this article, which is quickly turning into something relatively meaningless... I've published this post to say som
Nov 21, 2017·3 min read