Personal growth happens in the most interesting ways sometimes. Since my early retirement journey began in late 2014, I figured it'd be a race to the finish line. Sprint fast to get through the next hellish 5 or 6 years. I was worried I might not reach that finish tape, and get … [Read more...] about How Preparing for Early Retirement Makes You a Better Employee
This past Sunday I let my guard down. I told the family to saddle up. We were going shopping! My spark was lit by the realization that we didn't have enough Christmas decorations. Bizarre. Here I am, a supposed minimalist, and the first thing that pops into my head after decking … [Read more...] about Why Shopping Feels So Good (Retail Therapy Exposed)
It's almost time to wrap-up another fun-filled year in this little corner of Blogtopia. There were plenty of New Year's resolutions not kept, but I managed to find other challenges (aka "experiments") to keep me, um, challenged. But let's not dwell on that stuff. Today it's time … [Read more...] about The 2018 Golden Nameplate Awards Are Here!
Getting older has its benefits. In most cases, you can't help but become at least a little wiser. The ups and downs level off a bit, helping you stay somewhat more even-keeled. With any luck, you've gravitated towards a profession that's a good fit and your pay reaches new … [Read more...] about Why You Don’t Need a Hair Transplant
This year marks another increase in the contribution limit to the sometimes controversial, but "everyone's gotta have one" 401(k). In 2017, the pre-tax contribution ceiling was raised from $18,000 to $18,500. That figure gets bumped again to $19,000 on January 1st, 2019. Woo-hoo! … [Read more...] about How Much Money Should You Save in Your 401K?