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Just over a year ago, Becky and I were both approved for shiny new Chase Sapphire Reserve (CSR) credit cards. Each new card came with a hefty $450 annual fee (not waived), but that fee was offset by a generous 100,000 point signup bonus and $600 in travel credits over the first cardholder year. Technically, neither of us should have been eligible for the card given Chase’s “5/24” rule, but I ...
Posted: Oct 13 2017 @ 8:07 AM
Can you believe there are less than 3 months left in the year?!?  The year seems to be accelerating to a close for us, probably because Becky and I have been so busy getting our house in order to prepare for our upcoming Gap Year! Regardless of what your own plans are for the coming year, this is a good opportunity to check in on your federal tax withholding.  In other words, ...
Posted: Oct 03 2017 @ 12:07 PM
If you haven’t heard, Becky and I are planning to quit our jobs and travel around the country (and maybe beyond) for a year or so starting early next year!  We’re currently calling this adventure a “Gap Year” and planning is well under way.  In my last post, I covered our plans for the timing of the trip, how we will handle our house, what will happen to our stuff, ...
Posted: Sep 28 2017 @ 10:48 AM
Just over a month ago, I wrote about how Becky and I were considering a radical change to our current lifestyle.  The potential plan includes quitting our jobs, selling most of our possessions, and hitting the road in what we are currently referring to as our “Gap Year”.  Fast forward to now and we’re more excited than ever to actually put the plan into place and we have already started ...
Posted: Sep 11 2017 @ 9:01 AM
Not too long ago, I stumbled across a new financial metric created by a fellow blogger, The Green Swan.  This “FIRE Prowess Gauge” promises to be universal to everyone and balance out any differences between people such such as income level, cost of living, and current net worth.  By balancing aspects of earning, saving, and investing all into one simple-to-calculate number, we should be able to compare both against our ...
Posted: Aug 29 2017 @ 8:25 PM
Just over a month ago, I was logging into Credit Karma to check my current credit score estimates and noticed a targeted message on the login page: “We found $71.40 that might be yours, Noah”.  At first I tried to brush it off as just another ad, but it managed to keep my interest because it was so specific! Both the specific dollar amount of “$71.40” and my name (easy to ...
Posted: Aug 15 2017 @ 3:15 PM
Today, I wanted to share some great content from my favorite blog written by an accountant: The Wealthy Accountant!  It’s not a traditional guest post in that Keith wrote it specifically for this website, but rather he gave me permission to share his writing here on my own blog. This post covers an amazing credit card hack that works for anyone who pays taxes (and that’s probably just about anyone).  If ...
Posted: Aug 09 2017 @ 6:15 PM
While Becky and I have been saving aggressively for the past few years with financial independence (FI) as a goal, we’re still several years from being able to walk away from work completely.  Despite the fact that we haven’t fully achieved FI yet, the amount of savings we have accumulated does give us plenty of different options to consider. Some people refer to this as FU money, which at a bare minimum ...
Posted: Aug 01 2017 @ 10:56 AM
We recently crossed the half way point of 2017 and I thought this would be a good time to dive into the status of our financial independence (or FI) journey.  Not to long after starting this blog a couple of years ago, my wife and I laid out a rough plan to be completely FI by the age of 40.  In other words, we would have enough invested that the ...
Posted: Jul 13 2017 @ 1:00 PM
I’ve previously written about many different ways to save money going to the movies, but this time I thought I’d dive into a specific example that lines up nicely with the latest 5% back category on the Chase Freedom.  This plan closely follows our own strategy for saving money on movie tickets, as the local Regal theater is our favorite.  While the savings calculation will be specific to Regal (and ...
Posted: Jul 06 2017 @ 11:00 AM


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