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Minimalism and Dividend Investing – Two Recent RBD Features Around the Web

A blog is a home base on the internet. My website gives me the freedom to share whatever’s on my mind, at any time, to most of the people on this planet.  But even though the internet enables bloggers to reach billions of people, most of us write to very small audiences. That’s OK. We […]

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32 Questions, Five Years in the Making

More than five years ago, I started reading an anonymous money blog called 1500 Days. The writer had a similar idea to mine, to escape the rat race early and stop working on his terms instead of what’s traditionally considered normal retirement age.  Since the beginning, the 1500 Days blog has hosted an almost weekly […]

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Investing vs. Gambling – What’s the Difference?

What’s the difference between investing vs. gambling? Well the simple answer is math, but there’s more to it than that.  In my mid-teens, I went to Atlantic City with my family for an evening on the boardwalk. I was deeply interested in money for someone my age so the idea of gambling was intriguing, to say […]

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Another Clickbait Title to Coax You Into Reading Something Useful

I once clicked on an ad that said something like “You won’t believe what OJ Simpson’s daughter looks like today!”. The link took me to an article called 31 Celebrity Then and Now Photos that will BLOW YOUR MIND! (paraphrasing). Each celebrity then and now photo was on a separate page, requiring that I click […]

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The Creation Mindset – Accelerate Your Wealth Trajectory

Buying compact discs (CDs) used to be a thing. That’s how we bought music back in the 1980’s and 1990’s. I spent a few thousand dollars on CDs throughout high school, college, and my early working years. One summer, I worked in a record store to earn money because my internship at a financial services company was […]

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Steak Dinner for Vegans

One of my new favorite podcasts is the Animal Spirits Podcast hosted by bloggers Michael Batnick and Ben Carlson of Ritholtz Wealth Management. These guys are prolific writers and tweeters who often poke fun at investment pundits and fund managers who try to predict future market returns. Turn on CNBC and there’s always someone who claims to know […]

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No Shortcuts For Bricklayers

A New York-based company called Construction Robotics has designed and built a bricklaying robot called SAM (Semi-Automated Mason) that can place up to 3,000 bricks during an 8-hour day. That’s about three times the number of bricks that the fastest human bricklayers can set. The machine requires at least two humans to load materials and finish […]

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Liquor, Ladies, and Leverage: How Smart People Go Broke

In 2002, a nineteen-year-old garbage man in the U.K. named Michael Carroll won a lottery jackpot worth $14 million dollars. Instead of making smart money moves with his winnings, he spent his fortune on jewelry and a mansion where he threw lavish parties with drugs and prostitutes. A decade later, he was broke and working […]

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Does Growing Up Mean Outgrowing Your Dreams?

Last April on a long solo drive, I listened to the Mad Fientist’s interview with Vicki Robin on the Financial Independence Podcast. Vicki Robin is the co-author of , the book that popularized the term financial independence. The 2018 version includes a foreword by Mr. Money Mustache, who in 2012, wrote about the book causing a […]

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Build Income Streams. Explore The Unusual.

After choosing a domain name and starting my blog back in September of 2013, the software behind the scenes called WordPress asked me to declare a tagline. Unprepared, the first three words that came to mind were Invest. Retire. Travel. Those three words accurately presented the message I wanted to convey to my readers so I went […]

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Financial Pitfalls Of Suburban Life

Six years ago, we moved to the suburbs from a one-bedroom condo in a densely populated and walkable area. We wanted more space, risk-free parking, better schools, a yard for kids to play in, and a friendly neighborhood. We got all of those things. But moving to the suburbs came with a bunch of financial […]

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Will You Retire Before A Human Walks On Mars?

Elon Musk and his company SpaceX plan to put a human on Mars by the year 2024. If successful, it will be the most extraordinary accomplishment in the history of the known universe. It will take a team of thousands of scientists tackling complicated engineering tasks that most of us can’t fathom. Each piece of […]

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Intoxicated By The Romance Of The Unusual

Live the full life of the mind, exhilarated by new ideas, intoxicated by the romance of the unusual. – Ernest Hemingway This Hemingway quote came up in one of my social media feeds recently (keep reading to learn the origin of the quote). Most of the time I roll my eyes at the quotes so […]

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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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