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How to Think

The meaning of being grateful when we already have so much

Hey everyone, Courtney here! Thanksgiving is here in the US (and already passed for our Canadian friends) and so I'm sure you've been flooded with articles about being Thankful and might think it's all kinda corny. Well, here's another one of those articles ;) I think it is the perfect time to reflect on what I am grateful for because truthfully I don't do it enough. We too often get caught up in the nitty-gritty business of daily life and it doesn't leave us with much time to focus on the posi
Nov 25, 2015·4 min read
Mobile Device Addiction

Downgrading my cell phone was an awesome success

I really hate cell phones. I hate how dependent we have become on these little personal computers that we carry around with us every day, and how distracted many of us get when using them. I hate it when I see restaurant-goers buried in their cell phones when they should be enjoying a relaxing dinner experience that they are paying good money for. I hate watching people text while clumsily steering their cars, putting my life —and everybody’s life— at risk because that damn text evidently canno
Nov 19, 2015·4 min read
How to Save

Do these three things after maxing out your 401k and Roth IRA

In October, I maxed out my 401k and Roth IRA contributions for the year. Now, my paychecks are larger because those automatic deductions are no longer happening. Talk about an awesome first world problem to have!
Nov 9, 2015·5 min read
How to Think

Happy Halloween and some dreadfully scary statistics

Good day, my spooky little ghosts and goblins. Today, I have nothing of real value to report other than to wish you the scariest Halloween that you've ever had - literally, I hope the snot gets scared right out of you. Helps with congestion, after all.
Oct 31, 2015·2 min read
How to Save

Email from a reader: Your retirement account grew by $120,000 in 2015? Bull!

I received an email from a reader who expressed disbelief that my investments grew by a whopping $120k this year - and the year isn't even over yet.
Oct 28, 2015·4 min read
How to Save

The single most expensive part of car ownership is...

The single most expensive part of car ownership is: its depreciation! It happens instantly, sometimes over 10% depreciation the instant the car is driven off the lot.
Oct 21, 2015·5 min read
car

Why your $80,000 car doesn't impress me any longer

The majority of research finds that expensive luxury cars are owned by those with higher levels of income, not necessarily by those who are wealthy.
Sep 21, 2015·5 min read
Credit cards

How credit card fraud detection works

Credit card fraud detection happens through a fine-grained process of analyzing credit card transactions and recognizing patterns and spending profiles.
Sep 14, 2015·4 min read
How to Retire

Our Next Life series: Part 2 - Selling almost everything we have

Part 2 - selling. The ol' job that I never particularly enjoyed will be done by the end of 2016, along with my wife's. Now, the rest of our lives can begin...lives of travelers and explorers, lives out in nature after trading out our 1600 sqft house with a pool for a 200 sqft aluminum tube - an Airstream.
Sep 7, 2015·5 min read
How to Save

As the stock market slides, remember long haul victory

If you're paying any attention to the stock market this week, then you are probably aware of its sharp slide over the past several days, sending the Dow plunging 300+ points for two straight days and down 4% this week alone.
Aug 22, 2015·1 min read
How to Save

Bye bye Honda Ridgeline; will I miss you?

One of the more recent automotive course corrections that we made is selling the Honda Ridgeline that I bought from my father-in-law about a year and a half ago. I made myself believe that trucks are convenient to have (you know, cause they haul stuff). Around that time, my father-in-law was looking to sell the truck.
Aug 19, 2015·3 min read
How to Save

My wife just made $100k her bitch

Just seconds ago, my wife messaged me with information financial information - her company-sponsored 401k retirement account has finally, after months of flirting with the magical 6-figure amount, finally crested the $100k mark.
Jul 31, 2015·2 min read