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Mr. Widget

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Arlington, Virginia, United States
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DIK (Dual Income, Kids)
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In case you missed it there was a slight data breach at Equifax last year. By slight I mean super large. This breach impacted about 143 million people (they announced even more just this past week). Maybe I am in the minority but in this day and age, I am never surprised when things like […] The post Beware of Scammers, File Your Taxes ASAP!! appeared first on Engineering Cents. ...
Posted: Mar 07 2018 @ 8:39 PM
Mrs. Widget has not always been too excited about personal finances. Not a big deal, it just does not interest her as much as it does me. The important part is we are both on the same page with respect to our financial goals and approach. Lately though, I have been able to get her […] The post The Best Way to Get Your Partner Involved in Your Finances appeared first ...
Posted: Jan 25 2018 @ 3:48 AM
Well crap, I gave away the result again in the post title. Oh well, sometimes life is less about the answer and more about the journey to get there. Holy cow Mr. Widget how did you manage to raise your pay so much in one year'! This is no trick, I did in fact increase […] The post Get Paid Part 2: How I Increased my Salary 26% in One Year ...
Posted: Jan 18 2018 @ 2:14 AM
You did what Mr. Widget'! Are you nuts'! The company or prospective boss must have been horrible! Actually no and no. I turned down a great raise with a great company and from what I could tell, great management. Why would anyone do this' This is going to be my first post in a two […] The post Get Paid Part 1: Why I Turned Down a Job Offer for 18% ...
Posted: Jan 10 2018 @ 5:24 PM
Whoa, 2017 was one fast year. I do not recall going through a year that seemed to go by as fast. People have told me babies can have this effect, I just was not aware of how true it was. I am geared up for new challenges and experiences in 2018. So let’s take a […] The post 2018 Goals Post appeared first on Engineering Cents. ...
Posted: Jan 04 2018 @ 1:30 AM
Well another year has gone by and it was perhaps one of the most memorable yet for Mrs. Widget and I. It has also been one of the fastest years to go by that I can recall. This is mainly due to the amount activities and life events that we had throughout the year. In […] The post 2017 You Had Me At Happy New Year appeared first on Engineering Cents. ...
Posted: Dec 27 2017 @ 9:54 PM
My first thought when I saw the new tax bill got passed this week was, holy crap congress passed a bill! My second thought was, I do not care all that much about the details. What do you mean Mr. Widget!' How could you not care about the new tax brackets, standard deductions, etc' The […] The post Why I Don’t Care About the New Tax Plan appeared first on Engineering ...
Posted: Dec 23 2017 @ 4:10 PM
We are all humans, therefore we are all prone to make mistakes every now and again. The key is to learn from these mistakes in order to not repeat them. Failure is something most people fear. However, once we accept it as a part of life we can use it to our advantage. This will be […] The post Failure is an Option appeared first on Engineering Cents. ...
Posted: Dec 20 2017 @ 11:07 PM
One of the greatest lessons I have learned over the past couple of years is the importance of having options in life. I have had my fair share of good fortune, but I have also realized how I have had influenced this as well. It is important to realize early on how you can generate […] The post Best Ways to Generate Life Options appeared first on Engineering Cents. ...
Posted: Dec 14 2017 @ 4:05 AM
Cars, is there any bigger “status” symbol for the masses than the automobile they are driving around in' I have to admit, a brand new shiny car has always been something I looked at with a sense of admiration. My journey with cars has been an adventure filled with learning experiences. Car companies are fantastic […] The post Avoiding Temptation: My Vehicle Journey appeared first on Engineering Cents. ...
Posted: Dec 07 2017 @ 3:32 AM


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