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Distilled Dollar
Early Retirement
Financial Independence, Early Retirement, Personal Finance, Investing, Frugality
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Chicago, Illinois, United States
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DINK (Dual Income, No Kids)
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Discovering ways to save even more money led me to find and untap the Power of Authenticity. I credit this discover to more earnings, more life satisfaction, and overall, having an easier lifestyle. Over the duration of 20 months, I attempted a plethora of strategies to take this blog to the next level. All failed. […] The post The Power of Authenticity appeared first on Distilled Dollar. ...
Posted: Nov 21 2017 @ 4:00 AM
About two weeks ago I had the pleasure of spending time with hundreds, nearly thousands of bloggers, podcasters, YouTubers, and overall leaders in the field of personal finance. These are the online mavericks, the digital entrepreneurs, and the next generation when it comes to money and media. Truly an exciting and thrilling environment. A true […] The post The Incredible People I Met at FinCon 2017 appeared first on Distilled Dollar. ...
Posted: Nov 14 2017 @ 8:22 AM
The Distilled Dollar household is dubbing this quarter the “Investing in Ourselves,” quarter. As part of that challenge, I’m finally investing in my triathlon training and I hired a coach! Despite 7 triathlon experiences, I’ve never had the gall for an Ironman (70.3 in my case), until now. (Insert plug for my new coach). Jk […] The post Distractions, Ironman Training, and the Race to Save Money appeared first on Distilled ...
Posted: Oct 25 2017 @ 9:00 AM
Up until the year 2016, it was a goal of mine to double my savings rate by that following year. Almost like clockwork each, I failed, each year for three years in a row. When I’m looking at single digit savings rates, I thought, it would be EASY to double or even triple my savings […] The post Lessons from Failing to Double Our Savings Rate Three Years in a Row ...
Posted: Oct 21 2017 @ 7:00 AM
Q3 was another successful frugality challenge for the Distilled Dollar household as we reached an all time high of a 62.4% savings rate! (Silent shouts heard from Chicago as we’re still celebrating over here.) We did that despite purchasing a home, and spending over 10K of Q3’s blog revenue back into the blog. Today’s post […] The post Net Worth Update Q3 2017 and a Successful Frugality Challenge appeared first on ...
Posted: Oct 17 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Q3 was a record breaking quarter where the site received over 10K in revenue. For my perspective, that’s an absolutely crazy result since my site was originally launched as an extra way to communicate with my then girlfriend. I gotta tell ya, it really worked out because not only did our communication improve, but – […] The post Blog Income Report Q3 2017 appeared first on Distilled Dollar. ...
Posted: Oct 15 2017 @ 4:00 AM
It is Sunday night and I was inspired to get this post out finally. I’ve been working on this announcement for over a month, and I’ll be more than happy to finally get it off my plate. One other advantage with a late Sunday post is only those who are equally inspired by a crazy […] The post Elon Musk, Investing and the First Five appeared first on Distilled Dollar. ...
Posted: Oct 01 2017 @ 8:50 PM
Today’s post tackles spending and savings in relation to our partners. I can’t add up all the emails and messages I’ve received that basically go, “I’m perfect, but my spendthrift spouse, sheesh, he/she is a total spendthrift and doesn’t save!” I’ll tackle how to bridge that savings or investing gap to get on the same […] The post Spendthrift Spouses, Savings and The Land of the Midnight Sun appeared first on ...
Posted: Sep 26 2017 @ 6:00 AM
Few books create a lasting financial legacy while also creating a massive amount of controversy. For me, the first big book in this category was Rich Dad, Poor Dad, by Robert Kiyosaki. The book has some tremendously terrible, horrendous advice, but it also has truly life changing advice when it comes to investing and making […] The post Rich Dad Poor Dad Book Review 2017 appeared first on Distilled Dollar. ...
Posted: Sep 21 2017 @ 8:53 AM
While I was away in August, I noticed a recent theme in many bloggers talking about happiness and even more dangerously, pursuing happiness. Since our emotions play a major role in building and sustaining wealth, I wanted to share our experience on how Financial Independence and Happiness have interacted in our journey. This blog is […] The post How Pursuing Financial Independence and Happiness Leads to Total Failure appeared first on ...
Posted: Sep 19 2017 @ 6:00 AM


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