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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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Never Regret A Paid Off Debt

Over the years, I’ve been indebted many times for one reason or another. Mostly car loans and a few mortgages, but sometimes personal loans too. After college, my parents lent me $5,500 to buy a used Mazda. The interest rate was better than a traditional car loan so I was grateful to take the deal. […]

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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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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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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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The Nude Selfie Of Personal Finance

The signs in the gym locker room are clear: Picture taking in the men’s room is strictly prohibited. Please inform the front desk of violations. Yet every once in a while, some beefcake dude will stand there in front of the locker room mirror, whip out his phone, and snap a selfie. I sort of get it. […]

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Don’t Hate the IRS – Follow These 8 Tax Filing Tips

This article was originally published in January 2014. It has been recently updated. The tax filing season starts on January 23rd for 2017. You’ll have until April 18th to complete them (thanks to D.C. Emancipation Day). In preparation for the tax season, it is imperative that you have a strategy to complete your taxes quickly, […]

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Santa’s Dividend Stock Portfolio Revisited

Last year, I published a post called Santa’s Dividend Stock Portfolio. You can read the article by clicking this link. The jolly old man is semi-retired for 11 months of the year and has plenty of time to tend to his dividend stock portfolio. Despite being a very public and influential figure, he is not required to […]

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That’s The Way I Want To Go

Two men from very different places in my life passed away in recent years. Both died almost instantaneously and without any forewarning. Both died in the presence of their peers. One died in retirement. The other died while still working. Loss of a Coworker One morning I learned that an hour before I arrived at […]

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The Holy Grail of Travel

When it comes to time, money and travel, people fall into one of four categories: Backpackers – Lots of time, but a finite amount of money Vacationers – Enough money, but not much time Broke People – No money for travel and very little time Financially Independent Travelers – All the time and money needed […]

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14 Months, 18 Countries, $10,000

In my mid-twenties, I quit my job to travel the world for 14 months. I visited 18 countries and spent about $10,000. A future lifestyle of frequent and extended travel in retirement, funded by investment income, is what motivates me to reach financial independence. This post is about how I was able to travel the […]

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