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Protect Yourself From The Whims Of Politicians

A funny thing about living in the Washington D.C. suburbs is most people don’t talk about politics in person. You’d think since so many residents have careers related to the government and military that neighborhood picnic conversations would be about the latest news from Capitol Hill or Pennsylvania Avenue. Definitely not. Aside from an occasional […]

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10 Life-Altering Money Moves You Can Start Today

Very few decisions during your time on this earth actually change the trajectory of your life. After a party in 2007, I scanned the huge Evite email list to try to find a woman I met there. Then I ‘stalked’ her on Facebook and asked her out. We have three kids together now. Though truly […]

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Why Your 401(k) Is Broken (And How To Fix It)

My 401(k) savings have grown to a plump 6-figure level after 14 years of participating in my employer’s plan. For 13 of those years, it was a very crappy 401(k) plan due to poor fund selection, high expense ratios (fees), and third-party adviser fees. The third party did nothing after 2004. But they still took fees […]

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Are Extra Mortgage Payments Smart When Your Interest Rate Is Low?

If you own a home, you might be contemplating how extra mortgage payments may or may not fit into your overall financial plan. As is with all personal finance choices, your mortgage payment strategy is personal based on many factors. You don’t find many people who paid off their mortgages and regret the paid off debt. […]

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6 Habits of Above Average Retirement Savers

Some exciting news to share with you today. Back in May, I was approached by US News & World Report to become a regular contributor to their On Retirement blog. Since then, I’ve been writing new content about retirement and money once or twice a month.  As of today, I’ve written six articles for US […]

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That Clutter In Your Home Used To Be Money

Useless clutter around the house irritates me every day. Not because it’s in the way… though, that sucks too. But because when I see useless stuff around the house I see things that used to be money. And I wish I had the money, not the item. Most items aren’t worth money anymore. Even if […]

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The More You Own, The More It Weighs You Down

This money post references Sunday’s Game of Thrones Season 7, Episode 4. You don’t need to be a viewer to appreciate the personal finance lesson. However, if you aren’t caught up on your episodes and want to stay in the dark, this is your spoiler alert.   Season 7 of Game of Thrones is here […]

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Don’t Need This Stinkin’ Job

Recent contractual turbulence at my 9-5 job has people nervous. Funding is uncertain. Job cuts are likely.  Thanks to my expertise and training, I should be OK. But the situation reminds me that the pursuit of financial independence prepares us for corporate layoffs and recessions, even if we’re not 100% financially free yet. A potential […]

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How To Invest With A Conscience

Is it possible to invest with a conscience? Among the many excuses to not start investing is concerns about investing money in the big mean corporations… according to what comes up in my Facebook news feed. You’ve heard it before… Walmart doesn’t pay for enough health insurance. Exxon pollutes. Monsanto unleashed an army of rabid nanobots […]

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The Best Summer Job Ever (And Why Lifeguarding Is For Suckers)

A few months before the summer of 1996, I committed to a lifeguarding job at a local pool. It was supposed to be my fifth consecutive summer as a guard. Lifeguarding was an easy and stable summer job in my youth, but it never paid well. This new gig was at a private club with […]

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Step Off The Damn Treadmill

The financial firm UBS publishes a quarterly report called Investor Watch that analyzes investor behavior. One of these reports has remained on my mind since publication in 2015. The report is called When is enough… enough – Why the wealthy can’t get off the treadmill. The premise is that more than half (52%) of millionaires surveyed […]

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How Moving Abroad For A Year Made Us Better At Parenting & Money

I’m super-excited to bring you a guest post today from my friend Chad Carson of CoachCarson.com. Chad primarily writes about achieving financial independence via real estate investing. But he’s also in the midst of an epic year living abroad with his wife and two daughters in Cuenca, Ecuador. I’m envious of their planning and bravery […]

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Seek Adventure While Your Money Works For You

  Adventure is dirt cheap. You don’t need fancy mountaineering gear to explore new parts of your hometown or find an off-the-path beach in Mexico. One-way flights are half price. Adventure can be a fresh side business, a new romance (hopefully not a dirt cheap one), or anything that gets you out of your normal routine. International […]

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The Definition Of Bad News

Eight days ago, I received a devastating phone call about the health of a loved one. When you receive a call like that, your heart sinks. Then it thumps while you attempt to listen to the details. This wasn’t completely out of the blue since some issues have lingered for the past few weeks. But […]

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The 2022 Project: A New Target Date

I’ve always pictured retirees as carefree shuffleboard playing Floridians and old-guy golfers in butterfly collared shirts and plaid pants. My Dad fits this mold except he has no desire to move to Florida and his golf wardrobe isn’t that cool. He retired at age 56 in 2002 and hasn’t worked one day since. My parents spend […]

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