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Save More Money With These 15+ Tax-Friendly Accounts

The U.S. tax code is filled with a mind-boggling array of tax-avoidance tools including tax-friendly accounts, loopholes, and special favors to various constituents. The primary intent of the tax code is to collect money, but the politicians who shape it add in a bunch of cheats and easter eggs that lower the amount of tax they […]

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How Our Family Of 5 Is Flying Cross-Country For Free (And How You Can Too)

Mrs. RBD’s brother proposed to his long-time girlfriend early last year. Shortly after the jubilant celebration, my one-track mind started thinking How much is this wedding going to cost me? The answer: A lot. However, by taking advantage of travel rewards credit cards to receive sign up bonuses, we acquired enough points to fly cross-country […]

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The Triforce Of Wealth

After two years of begging, I finally received a classic Nintendo NES Game Consolefrom Santa in the sixth grade. One of the original video games for the system was the masterpiece, The Legend of Zelda. The Zelda franchise is an enduring global video game phenomenon enjoyed by gamers worldwide. To date, Nintendo has produced 18 titles in […]

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5 Stocks I Bought And Sold Last Quarter

The Portfolio page on my blog has been updated as of December 31st, 2016. This page outlines my portfolio of taxable investments and the income generated on a yearly and average monthly basis. Click here to access all previous portfolio updates. I track my stock purchases and investment income (aka passive income) publicly as opposed to net worth. I still track my net […]

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10 Passive Income Ideas To Start This Year

We all share a common goal each year… to become wealthier. The savviest build wealth not by exchanging their time for money, but by investing their time and money in schemes and investment vehicles that earn a return. To help motivate you to achieve your wealth building goals, I’ve compiled a list of 10 passive income ideas to […]

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Annual Goals and Resolutions Review

2016 was a reset for my personal finances. In lieu of achieving epic goal reaching success, I focused on building a more solid foundation from which my wealth can grow. Not all the changes were easy, but the results have set the stage for the years ahead. A sneaky cash flow problem became apparent in […]

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A Winning Real Estate Investing Strategy For Independent Landlords

The following is a guest post from fellow blogger Joseph Hogue. He’s a Chartered Financial Analyst (CFA) who writes for numerous websites and blogs, including his own Peer Finance 101 and Crowd 101. He’s got some advice to help improve your real estate investing strategy. You can also find him on the Blogfeed and Dads […]

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Santa Claus vs. Warren Buffett

Welcome to the fourth installment of the Santa Claus Stock Portfolio review. In 2013, Santa assembled a portfolio of dividend paying stocks based on his unique perspective on Christmas and the holiday shopping season. Every year since we’ve compared the performance of his portfolio to the S&P 500 Index. After elf-sized returns last year, Santa’s […]

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The Lifelong Burden Of Material Objects

I saw a tweet recently that read like a blunt kick in the nuts. “The Vast Majority of Baseball Cards are Worthless” The tweet came from a Twitter handle and blog called Unusual Investments. The blog post was inspired by a recent Wall Street Journal article about a 1952 Topps Mickey Mantle baseball card going up […]

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Build Income Streams In Case You’re Fired!

One striking revelation from the presidential election process this year was the sharp contrast between people who think the U.S. is in pretty good shape and those who feel the country never recovered from the last recession. Politics aside, the U.S. is in its 89th straight month of economic expansion. The longest post-World-War-II economic expansion […]

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How To Invest In Real Estate Without All The Hassle

Real estate investing is a tried and true method for building income streams and wealth. But learning how to invest in real estate is not easy. Finding a deal and managing the property (or paying someone to) is best learned through mentorship, but often learned through hard knocks. I learned how to invest in real estate […]

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Put It On The Line: Advice From a 9-Time World Champion

A few months ago I was cleaning out my basement and uncovered a 25-year-old autograph. It’s from one of the most competitive and influential athletes to ever represent a sport. His words were inspirational to my 16-year-old self, and reading over his simple phrase today reminds me that we’re all capable of accomplishing extraordinary things […]

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Is Moving Worth It To Achieve Financial Independence?

Does it make sense to move somewhere cheap to achieve financial independence sooner? It’s a topic we talk about sometimes in our household. If we could lower our housing costs by moving, we could retire much sooner than our plan. We’re in a middle stage of life with three young kids, a minivan, and a mortgage and in […]

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Eliminate Car Payments From Your Life (And Never Go Back)

If you want to get serious about taking control of your financial life so you can build wealth, it’s time to eliminate car payments. Car payments are a persistent nag on the lives of many U.S. consumers. But they don’t have to be, and shouldn’t be even with super-low interest rates. Because they crush your monthly […]

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9 Stocks I Bought (And Sold) Last Quarter

The Portfolio page on my blog has been updated as of September 30th, 2016. This page outlines my portfolio of taxable investments and the income generated on a yearly and average monthly basis. Click here to access all previous portfolio updates. I track my stock purchases and investment income (aka passive income) publicly as opposed to net worth. I still track my net […]

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List Of Debt-Free S&P 500 Companies

  How much debt is on the balance sheet? That’s one of the first questions I answer when I’m evaluating a stock. Companies borrow money for a myriad of reasons including to launch business lines, fund acquisitions, fund operations, and sometimes to fund distributions to shareholders. Smart MBAs sit in office suites and perform elaborate spreadsheet […]

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