It's been a bit of a slug-fest at work. These last few weeks have brought on a heavy dose of 11th-hour drama that's quite typical in the world of software delivery at large corporations. Sweating out another Sunday night has me wondering how to get retirement right: Should I reconsider ditching the cube early and explore the alternatives to retirement? When you get close to … [Read more...] about How to Get Retirement Right: Work Longer or Hang It Up Sooner?
Once in a blue moon, I get asked to review a new publication here on Abandoned Cubicle. It's a reasonable request since I get a free book out of the deal. If the book is decent, I get a few hours of entertainment. Even better when the entertainment is coupled with valuable life lessons. Happy Money by Ken Honda meets both criteria, I'm happy to say. The full title of the … [Read more...] about Happy Money by Ken Honda: A Book Review
You must've seen this one coming. Not winter, but this post that's going to include crap about Denmark again. Apologies in advance, but I'm playing out the string on them fancy Danes once more. Let's see if we upper Midwestern and Canadian types can learn something useful, like how to survive when winter starts (especially the cold and dark variety) with Hygge. You can call … [Read more...] about How to Survive When Winter Starts
The weekend. We look forward to these two days of recurring freedom more than just about anything else. We've worked a long week and earned two days to recover. After some well-deserved R&R, Sunday evening rolls around and all of a sudden, we start to get a little anxious and acquire a recurring fear of Monday. The Sunday Scaries attack! Let's face it: Mondays kinda … [Read more...] about Fear of Monday? How to Conquer the Sunday Scaries
When considering the idea of mortgage paydown, first thing's first. Any super high-interest debts (like credit card balances) should be paid off first. For all other debts, I'm a fan of using the cash flow index method to prioritize debt repayment. You may find the mortgage falls low on the list since typically, those high payments are spread over a long, 30 year period. Once … [Read more...] about How to Pay off a Mortgage in 5 Years