Psychology of Spending


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Early retirement

When early retirement goes mainstream, its destitute!

One of the more interesting aspects of early retirement and financial independence is when the concept goes mainstream online. Comments are typically bad.
Dec 2, 2015·6 min read
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

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
How to Think

Why my wife and I are choosing to remain DINKs

It seems like everybody around us is at that stage of their lives where kids are the next step.  Why are my wife and I choosing to remain DINK?
Oct 12, 2015·6 min read
How to Save

How much is your job really costing you?

More times than not, our job is slowly and mercilessly killing our hourly wage by "forcing" us to spend more than we think in order to maintain that job.
Sep 23, 2015·6 min read

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

Simplification. What's Important? : "Everything That Remains" by the Minimalists

So in my search for stories on minimalistic life changes, I came across the Minimalists. We got to see Joshua Fields Millburn (one of the Minimalists) on his recent Word Tasting Tour and it inspired me to pick up his memoir, Everything That Remains, from the library.
Aug 29, 2015·3 min read
How to Save

Maybe spending all that money in my 20s was a good thing

With all this talk about early retirement and the hilarious financial mistakes that I made in an earlier life, it is tough to consider the possibility that maybe, just maybe, all that money that I recklessly blew through in my 20s might actually turn into a good thing.
Jun 10, 2015·4 min read
Financial independence

Downsizing my photo equipment? What?!?

Well, I finally did it. In the name of both frugality and minimalism (and maybe a little thinking ahead), I decided to officially buy into a camera system that is significantly smaller, lighter and easier to carry with me than my current - and much-beloved, Nikon-based camera system.
May 27, 2015·4 min read

Lookie there! Stats prove American ridiculousness

Is it any wonder why the average retirement age in the United States has crept up past the 60 year old mark (62 according to Gallup)? If the stats that were graciously put together all in one spot from Becoming Minimalist are any clue, then this retirement phenomenon, unfortunately, should come as no surprise.
May 18, 2015·4 min read
How to Retire

Life is short, so live a little...they say

"Life is too short. I wanna have some fun now." Or, maybe it goes something like "Life's short, live a little". However it is said, the underlying point remains pretty clear: don't delay your ability to spend some serious cash. After all, "life is short".
May 13, 2015·4 min read