While ambling along the path to near-retirement and dealing with all of the indecisions of late, another facet of personal finance emerges to dog me. Where should I put my money? Having paid off cars, a paid-off house, and no credit card debt, we've been in healthy surplus territory for a while now. Originally, I thought I'd simply open up a Vanguard ETF (exchange-traded … [Read more...] about Where Should I Put My Money?
This time of year is typically when the winter blues start to hit me. I've got too much to be grateful for to complain, but the slog of winter doesn't bring me a ton of joy. Some incredibly real and awful events happened to a friend of mine this past week. Time to show some strength for him and his family. The struggle of life smacks us right upside the head, and often when we … [Read more...] about Stuck at the Retirement Crossroads
Eventually, it'll happen. Your home or the home of someone you know will get broken into. There's never an ideal time for this. Just last week one of my tenants was burgled, on Christmas Eve no less. The nerve of these jerks! If you're curious how to protect your home from burglary, read on... Good thing we (the landlords) were in town for the holidays. When I heard from my … [Read more...] about How to Protect Your Home From Burglary
The headlines are catchy. Some 20-something out there worked hard for 5 years to save $500,000 so he or she could retire early before 30. A noble, Instagram-worthy pursuit to be sure, but with it comes a brutal stretch of self-deprivation. Starbucks suddenly becomes a no-no. Getting around in a car is a sin. You might even have to give up your gym membership. Damn. I'll be … [Read more...] about Self Deprivation on the Journey to Early Retirement
Greetings happy readers! I'm excited to unveil my favorite crew for 2019. More names to etch on the trophy - yay! For 2019, I've opted to focus on bloggers who've been instrumental in bringing exposure to THIS blog. This year's Golden Nameplate is a "Thank You" to five fantastic writers who've established a consistently strong following. Without further adieu, here's our … [Read more...] about Golden Nameplate Awards – The Class of 2019!