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A Gai Shan Life
Investing, Early Retirement/FIRE
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Bay Area, California, United States
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DIK (Dual Income, Kids)
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Othalafehu’s old post about a problematic sibling surfaced on my radar recently, reminding me of a memory that struck me a few weeks ago. I think I was 18 at the time this happened. I had been working at my post-high school job for over a year and had become one of the most reliable staff. The power of youth, by the way, is one of the few reasons I could ...
Posted: Oct 18 2017 @ 6:00 AM
I’ve written about being prepared for pet problems, considering a wide range of What Ifs and preparing for them, and financial preparedness in my In Case of Emergency series focused on getting a household in order for the worst possible scenarios. I started this post for a few reasons, but the disastrous wildfires in Santa Rosa no more than a couple hours away from us has made this even more compelling. ...
Posted: Oct 16 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Financial privilege exists. Recognizing it and how it works in your life means you can learn where you too can make an impact for others. Can Ethical Shopping Ever Be Budget Friendly? Kara asks a question that I’m trying to answer with my own shopping choices. The fact is that so far, in my experience, the cheaper the item, the more likely it wasn’t made ethically or that the company engages ...
Posted: Oct 12 2017 @ 6:00 AM
What I read As promised, I treated myself to some Terry Pratchett this summer because I needed guaranteed funny – and no stress – and that’s where I can find it. There’s nothing I can say about my enjoyment of these books that quotes won’t say better so I’m sharing a few of my favorite passages. I know humor is subjective but I think this level of funny is recognizable in ...
Posted: Oct 11 2017 @ 6:00 AM
The worst of the renovations are DONE! The numbers I’ve written 50 checks over the course of this project. We made a huge mistake going with an amateur for a relatively minor garage maintenance detail that turned into complete pain. Wasted cost: $932 We went over schedule by 10 days as a result of the numerous work orders we added. There was a new one each week, though we intended not to have any ...
Posted: Oct 09 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Swagbucks is hosting a Swago for October combined with a Spin & Win. Starting Monday, October 9th at 9am PDT, ending 12pm PT/3pm ET on Monday, October 16th, fill in as many squares as you can and submit for your rewards. Sign up here. The concept is simple: fill out squares when you earn points on their site. Fill out the board in a pattern, and submit your board pattern to redeem ...
Posted: Oct 09 2017 @ 5:59 AM
Marjorie Liu is an amazing writer and her work with Sana Takeda (artist) on Monstress is devastatingly beautiful. Emotional labor is real labor. The form it takes in our lives just varies. FANTASTIC t-shirt. I will never understand how parents can cut off their children over the matter of whom they love. I hope these women are the happiest in their marriage. Ms. Steward on the Basic Human Decency fund and me on community ...
Posted: Oct 05 2017 @ 6:00 AM
The end and saying good-bye We did our final walkthrough to make sure that we weren’t leaving any trash (or treasures!) behind. The keys were left on the counter, all the utilities were cancelled, and the check was ready to be picked up from the title company. Then we had a few moments to look around the empty place. In this home we shared huge milestones. We lived together for the first time; We adopted ...
Posted: Oct 04 2017 @ 6:00 AM
It’s October which means it’s time to get ready for Halloween! Make sure to  check Swagbucks first before you order anything because they’re offering increased cash back at many Halloween-related stores. The sale runs through October 31st which is a bit generous, considering Halloween IS on the 31st, but hey, nothing wrong with stocking up on clearance items for next year if that’s your thing. Click here to see the deals. If you’re ...
Posted: Oct 04 2017 @ 5:59 AM
On Money Income Our normal income comes from two full time day jobs. We experiment with earning money on the side, including minimal cash flow that we don’t touch from an investment property and investing in dividend stocks. Some side income comes from Swagbucks, selling clothes on Poshmark which is hit or miss, and Achievemint (my introduction to it). Any purchases you make going through my Amazon links keep these blog lights on. The long ...
Posted: Oct 02 2017 @ 6:00 AM


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