Category Archives for Financial Independence

Smiling on a Monday Morning: A Recap of Week 1 of Semi-Retirement

What happens after your career comes to a crushing end? Expect week one to be a tumultuous ride on the emotional rollercoaster.

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Surprise! Early Retirement is Here…Kinda…Sorta

What happens when you lose your job in your 50s? If you’ve prepared well, you can enter the world of S-FIRE (Semi-Financially Independent and Retired Early).

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Book Review: Meet the Frugalwoods

Meet the Frugalwoods is a memoir by Elizabeth Willard Thames, who embraces a frugal lifestyle and shuns consumerist society. While the book offers inspiration for those who want to abandon the world of cubicles, it’s missing the details that would guide readers to embark on their own journey of financial independence.

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Million Dollar Advice from 15 Personal Finance Bloggers

Fifteen of the most popular personal finance bloggers share advice on how to build a net worth of $1,000,000 and admit to their biggest financial mistakes. Get the “inside scoop” by taking the 30-Day Million Dollar Challenge!

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Book Review of Side Hustle: Does Money Really Grow on Trees?

Chris Guillebeau’s latest book, Side Hustle, promises to provide readers with a “detailed roadmap” on “how to select, launch, refine, and make money from your side hustle in under a month.” Does the book deliver?

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CANCELLED! Five Things to Consider when Buying Homeowner’s Insurance

Homeowner’s insurance is one of life’s necessities. But heaven help you if you actually file a claim! Higher premiums are the least of your worries.

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Budget Tricks: Lessons Learned from the Money Diet

Do you need a kick in the pants to get your finances in order? There’s an easy solution – the Money Diet.

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Pursuing your Passion: Is it Worth the Risks and Sacrifices?

The last few days have got me thinking about passion. And how the pursuit of passion can have costs, but also produce more rewards than one ever dreamed possible.

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How I Paid off my $64,000 Mortgage in 15 Months

In the summer of 2012, I decided to divert all my financial energy toward one goal: paying off my mortgage. With some careful planning and discipline, I was able to pay off the $64,000 balance in just 15 months.

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Three Easy Ways to Teach Kids About Money

How do you teach your kids the basics about money and get them off to a good start? Keep it simple by using three tricks to steer them in the right direction.

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Why my Most Powerful #1 Budgeting Tool is a Checkbook Register Spreadsheet

Confession: I love spreadsheets! I also love automation. I’ve tried several budgeting tools, but I always return to the dependable and easy electronic checkbook register for one important reason – it’s a powerful forecasting tool.

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How to Become Financially Independent

What does it mean to be financially independent? Here’s what financial independence means to me: security, time to paint and write and explore, the ability to overcome crises, and the opportunity to leave the work force when I choose.

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