8 Reasons Why I Won’t Retire At 40

Later this month I turn the big 4-0. The day after, I’ll grab my messenger bag and commute back into the office. If things go according to my plan, the road to retirement will continue another 15 years. I will not retire at 40, though it’s a nice round number. It’s most notably “the hill”, […]

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20 Years In The Chevron DRIP

For my birthday in 1995, my uncle gifted me one share of Chevron (CVX) stock out of his dividend reinvestment plan (DRIP). He was an employee at the time. He instructed me to regularly invest small amounts of money into the program and automatically reinvest the dividends I received. Eventually, he said, the quarterly dividend would […]

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Investment Income Update – April 2015

The investment Income and Portfolio page on my blog has been updated as of April 30th, 2015. This page outlines my portfolio of taxable investments and the income they generate on a yearly and average monthly basis. Also included is a chart with a historical look at my investment income since October 2003. Click here to access […]

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6 Debt-Free Dividend Growth Stocks

One of the very first posts I wrote on this blog was called A Brief History of My Debt. I thought if I was going to write about money online, I should at least show that I’ve been mostly responsible with spending and saving. Street cred, if you will. Little did I know, momentous debt payoff […]

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Recent Option Trade: AT&T (T)

Over the years, I’ve dabbled in buying and selling stock options. Options are incredibly powerful tools for investing. However, you must be absolutely certain you understand each trade and use options according to your risk tolerance. Some strategies are quite simple and low-risk, while others can be complicated and carry a very high risk/reward. A […]

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Cutting The Cord – A Year Without Cable TV

Around this time last year, I wrote that our family was cutting the cord on cable TV. It’s time to follow up on how our lives have changed now that 12 months have passed. Read my post about saying bye bye to cable TV by clicking here. Overall, we have no regrets about our decision. […]

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Reject The Assertion You’ll Work Longer Than Your Parents

College graduation season will be here in no time. Graduates and their families will celebrate at an uplifting commencement ceremony, complete with speeches by inspirational alumni, business leaders and political figures, followed by a triumphant dinner at Applebees. Business Insider and other Twitter feeds will surely remind us that Steve Jobs gave a cool commencement […]

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Investment Income Update – March 2015

The investment Income Portfolio page on my blog has been updated as of March 31st, 2015. This page outlines my portfolio of taxable investments and the income they generate on a yearly and average monthly basis. Also included is a chart with a historical look at my investment income since October 2003. One of the big attractions […]

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Featured On Debt Free Guys

Quick post today to point you over to the Debt Free Guys blog. John and David have been kind enough to feature me on their Money Masters series. THANK YOU!!! Click here to read the entire post. Please check it out! In the post, you’ll learn more about my story, my point of view as […]

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Sold: Mattel (MAT)

In the late 1980’s and early 1990’s, a genre of music called shoegaze emerged from the United Kingdom. Shoegaze, also known as dream pop, combined aspects alternative rock, ambient music, and British pop. The name shoegazing was coined because during live performances, the guitarists would stare down at their pedals creating a ‘wall of sound’, but not […]

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Travel Scams And Robbery On The Backpacker Trail

Throughout all of my adventures, only three times have I been a target for crime because I was a traveler. That’s not bad considering I’ve visited 40+ countries over the past two decades. For the most part, using common sense and traveling with a friend or group is enough to avoid travel scams and danger. But […]

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The Greatest Risk To My Retirement Goal

More than a decade ago when my Dad retired from his teaching career at age 56, I told him my retirement goal was to beat him and stop working at age 55. It seemed natural to me that in order to live better off than my parents, I should retire before them. I reject the notion that […]

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Investment Income Update – February 2015

The investment Income/Portfolio page on my blog has been updated as of February 28th, 2015. This page outlines my portfolio of taxable investments and the income they generate on a yearly and average monthly basis. Also included is a chart with a historical look at my investment income since October 2003. After January’s 3.1% decline of […]

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Should I Sell My Rental Property?

Over the life of this blog, I’ve written on occasion about the real estate I own. Real estate is included as one of my multiple streams of income, and buying two properties has had a huge impact on my financial life. Not entirely in a good way. During the last five months, I’ve been formulating […]

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It’s Tax Time, Don’t Screw It Up Like I Did

Every year the tax season arrives and we spend a chunk of our time filing taxes online, taking paperwork to a qualified tax professional or filling out a paper return. This year’s tax time goes from January 20th to April 15th. I do my own taxes and personally use and recommend TaxAct to file online, and […]

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This Blog Post Is Not Safe For Work (NSFW)

Reading this on your work computer? I suggest switching over to your smart phone. You may not want HR to know what you’re reading about here. But don’t worry, no more half-naked Bon Jovi babes (nsfw). There’s No Team In I If you’ve made it to this website, you’re probably devising a plan similar to mine. […]

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