Today's post just scratches the surface of a very broad and deep topic "How to Avoid the Biggest Retirement Mistakes". A bunch of earlier posts I've fired off into the ethos of FIRE pantheon with a handful of views point to … [Read more...] about The Biggest Retirement Mistakes to Avoid
Of course, it doesn't have to be crazy at work, right people?!? Although the last three or four weeks have been nothing short of crazy for this part-time blogger and full-time corporate animal. The wages of promotions are … [Read more...] about It Doesn’t Have to Be Crazy at Work
Happy Monday, everyone! In honor of meteorological spring, today's guest post ponders whether a certain blogger (a certain golden nameplate winner, in fact) should consider moving to Minnesota. I'm grateful as heck for the … [Read more...] about Moving to Minnesota? What You Can Look Forward To
Bad bosses are a part of life. It's almost a prerequisite for existence in today's society, where holding a job is pretty much required, and for a decent part of one's life. Countless bosses who bully are lurking among us. … [Read more...] about How to Avoid Having an Asshole Boss
And so, it happened. Finally. Got a promotion. Yippee!! I am stoked. It feels good to be appreciated and acknowledged for all the hard work and persistence. Ironically, I fear that getting promoted complicates my early … [Read more...] about Getting Promoted Complicates Retirement Plans
There's never enough room in a small house. If I want to buy a Foosball table, I'm screwed. If Mrs. Cubert wants to bring home a rowing machine, we'd have to lose our second family room. Finding a cheap minimalist home … [Read more...] about Minimalist Home Theater Options
The nice thing about the occasional Polar Vortex is the unplanned bonus time you get to spend with your kids (building a Lego Death Star!) Last week, the kids' school was canceled four out of five days due to the extreme … [Read more...] about How Our Homemade LEGO Death Star Saved Us $500
I sense a theme emerging of late: Cubert going off the deep end, pontificating on workforce rah-rah crap. Cool! Buckle in for another one of those, cuz today I'm writing up some meaty two-sentence paragraphs on how to be your … [Read more...] about The Many Unheralded Benefits of Being Your Own Boss
Simon Sinek. The one guy who might convince you to keep your day job and tuck away those grand notions of early retirement. You may have heard of Mr. Sinek, especially if you've seen his YouTube talk about the problems with … [Read more...] about Simon Sinek and Millennials in the Workplace
I'm happy to report that the inaugural year of our vacation rental investment concluded in December with excellent results. Curious how much money can you make on Airbnb? Let's dive in... We made about $12,000 in net … [Read more...] about How Much Money Can You Make on Airbnb?
Let's just get it out there from the get-go: This is NOT a bragging kind of post. Far from it. This past year we spent a lot of money concerning our 2018 household spending. We didn't go off the deep end and buy matching … [Read more...] about 2018 Household Spending Revealed
This past Sunday I let my guard down. I told the family to saddle up. We were going shopping. Time for a little retail therapy. Why does shopping feel so good? Let's explore how a frugal minimalist rationalizes THIS … [Read more...] about Why Does Shopping Feel So Good?
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, … [Read more...] about The 2018 Golden Nameplate Awards (Cubert’s Top FIRE Blogs)
This post is all about how this author thought about getting a high-cost hair transplant for a New York minute. And how, after a free consult with the transplant experts, and more importantly, his wife, he opted OUT. Let's … [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" 401k. In 2017, the pre-tax contribution ceiling was raised from $18,000 to $18,500. That figure gets … [Read more...] about How Much Should I Contribute to My 401k?
Never one to leave a stone unturned, this article explores the notion of work as a viable place to make good friends and lasting relationships (i.e., the "work tribe"). Sure, early retirement is a worthy goal and a perfectly … [Read more...] about How to Create a Healthy Work Environment
"Alexa, can you please take all my calls and alert me if anything important comes up? I've got some early retirement to do, and I don't want to be bothered..." Curious about why we bought an Amazon Echo Plus? After all, isn't … [Read more...] about Is the Amazon Echo Pointless? Here’s Why We Bought One
I'm spotting a bit of a trend. I might be way off my rocker with this, but it seems the idea of millennials not having kids is a mark of shame somehow to this generation. What I'm really curious about is whether this cohort … [Read more...] about Why Aren’t Millennials Having Kids?
I've got to heavily caveat the title of this post. We enjoy TV in our house, but only in very small doses. Cord-cutting continues to grow. People are ditching cable, but typically only to switch to dish or Sling or streaming … [Read more...] about Money-Saving Options for Cord Cutting
Put that burger down! Wait... Is that a veggie burger? If you're curious about the benefits of being a vegetarian, read on. Is it possible to survive (and prosper) in a world of amazing barbecue? Some fun facts (Special … [Read more...] about The Many Benefits of Being Vegetarian