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The Money Wizard

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My Money Wizard
Frugality/Saving, Early Retirement/FIRE
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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SINK (Single Income, No Kids)
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Step aside Target, Yahoo, and Playstation Network. Equifax, one of the three largest credit reporting agencies in the US, just inducted itself into the Poor IT Security Hall of Shame by announcing what’s turning into the most MASSIVE security breach of all time. Last week, Equifax announced a security breach that affected 143 million Americans. By number, the breach is one of the largest of all time, but that only paints half ...
Posted: Sep 13 2017 @ 8:00 AM
I’ve always heard that keeping a journal makes you more mindful about the passage of time. As I sit here closing this e-ledger on August, it feels like just last week that I was bitching about the cold Weather in December’s update. If journaling makes you more aware of time – consider me fully aware. Time is flying! Welcome to the August edition of my monthly Net Worth Updates. Every month, I ...
Posted: Sep 05 2017 @ 8:45 AM
300,000 The average number of items in an American home. 80% Portion of items in our house we rarely or never use, according to surveys conducted by the National Organization of Professional Organizers. 100% Increase in consumption of material goods over the past 50 years. 1% The total material flow-through of consumption which is still in use after 6 months. That is, experts estimate 99% of the materials used for producing consumer goods are ...
Posted: Aug 29 2017 @ 8:45 AM
We interrupt these regularly scheduled blog posts to share some deals! It’s been a while since we’ve had a deal alert on this site. Hopefully you took advantage of a couple thousand dollars from our last deal alert, but if not, here’s to round two! Deal #1: Up to $900 from telemarketing scammers “Hello, you just won a FREE cruise!” Aaand click. If you got annoyed with that spam phone call sometime between ...
Posted: Aug 25 2017 @ 8:00 AM
By this point you’re probably sick of hearing me harp about the importance of tracking your spending. The regular readers will recognize that I mention it during pretty much every net worth update. I bring it up whenever I’m interviewed by the media. And there’s even that time I linked to someone else talking about it in a recent monthly Link-O-Rama. Safe to say, the horse is sufficiently dead. So of course, I’m ...
Posted: Aug 22 2017 @ 8:55 AM
If you haven’t been following the news, you may have missed the recent escalation of 70 years’ worth of tensions between the USA and North Korea, which has us all in danger of getting nuked. I’m no expert in political current events, but the cliff notes version goes something like this: On July 28, North Korea fired a nuke into outer space. The United Nations scolds North Korea by imposing economic sanctions against ...
Posted: Aug 17 2017 @ 8:50 AM
Blame it on the “retirement” part of the name, but early retirement tends to get a bad rap. The common vision of early retirement involves a 40 year old cheap bastard sitting around all day playing video games. That’s not exactly what I have in mind. Early retirement is far from an excuse to be lazy. On the contrary, throughout history early retirement has freed ambitious people for incredible achievements. I found ...
Posted: Aug 07 2017 @ 9:57 AM
Welcome to the middle of summer Net Worth Update! Or would this be considered more of an end of summer variety? In any case, someone stole a big chunk of our summer, and I want it back! Sticking with the seasonal theme, July was packed with outdoor adventures. When I moved to Minnesota two years ago, one interesting quirk I learned about the northern states is how everyone here knows a family member, friend, or ...
Posted: Aug 03 2017 @ 8:45 AM
We’re getting into Roman Numeral territory of the Link-O-Rama, so you know things are getting real around here. Every month, I’ll share my favorite reads from around the web. These articles will be perfect for fellow millennials seeking financial independence. Most will revolve around investing, saving money, and early retirement, however, I do reserve the right to occasionally throw in a completely random but entertaining read. Three things to know about desire If you’re not reading ...
Posted: Jul 31 2017 @ 11:44 PM
If you’ve been following this blog for a while, you’ve seen my dreams of becoming a property mogul sneaking into various posts. After all, mogul is such a cool word. Who wouldn’t want to become a mogul of something? It’s like building an empire, which sounds equally cool, and is another not-so-secret goal of mine. Aside from fancy titles and cool names, I’m attracted to real estate for several reasons. I covered ...
Posted: Jul 25 2017 @ 8:45 AM


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