We've been riding the waves of a strong stock market and scorching hot housing market for several years now. Our investments are split roughly 50-50 between stocks and houses, and throwing more money at either isn't all … [Read more...] about My Dividend Stock Investing Experiment: 8 Picks to Riches?
Our condo in Northern Michigan continues to provide a strong and reliable stream of income. Thank you, pent-up pandemic demand! Since we opened our Airbnb Experiment for business back in 2018, the area has become even … [Read more...] about Airbnb Profitability Makes for a Retirement Cash Cow
The last couple of years have been nuts. I've got nothing to complain about and a lot more to contribute. Blogging just had to take a back seat for a while. Uncertainty gives life some spice, but it sure can take you out of a … [Read more...] about Dealing With Uncertainty When Retirement Is Near
We've heard the numbers – a lot. Inflation is running at about 7% – the highest rate in 40 years. "Transitory" was the word first used to describe it, but this past November, Fed. Chairman Jerome Powell stated, "I think … [Read more...] about Inflation Spike Impact on Retirement Plans
Roughly 250,000 hair transplants occur in the U.S. alone each year, approaching 900,000 worldwide. This is not a rare procedure, by a long shot. Is a hair transplant worth it? Consider that well over 33% of men (and women) … [Read more...] about Is a Hair Transplant Worth It? Consider Alternatives First!
Creating and sticking to a strict financial budget will really help optimize and improve your financial situation, not to mention reducing your stress levels. Whether you are keen to get out of debt, make financial … [Read more...] about Top Tips for Creating a Strict Financial Budget
A lot has changed in 2020 thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic, especially for the fortunate who can work from home. This post explores a first-world problem that's a matter of "counting one's blessings" rather than whining … [Read more...] about Experiments in Work Life Balance During a Pandemic
Since the pandemic is not going away any time soon, more people are shopping online, and relying on e-commerce to get what they need. Whether it be textbooks, prescriptions, retail, or pretty much millions of products … [Read more...] about What Are Smart Lockers? Modern Tech Meets Security
The original Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs is a useful lens for deciding if early retirement is a means to an end (or simply an escape hatch from stress). At this point, I'll take all the help I can get to figure this riddle … [Read more...] about Getting a Grip on Your Retirement Needs
Over the years my job has fluctuated between periods of slowness and boredom and periods of mass hysteria and weekend-marathon testing calls. Part of what makes the field of software delivery so appealing is the decent … [Read more...] about How to Slow Down (When Early Retirement Isn’t in the Cards)