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Shawn @ TheSmartFI

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The Smart Fi
Early Retirement
FIRE, early retirement, financial independence, frugal,
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Tacoma, Washington, United States
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DIK (Dual Income, Kids)
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Do you know what to expect from your financial baby? Do the returns from your investment portfolio leave you baffled? In this post, I will try to help you make sense of what to expect when you are expecting great things. When I hear anyone talking about financial matters, my ears perk up and I Read More The post What to expect from your financial baby! appeared first on The Smart ...
Posted: May 20 2018 @ 4:25 PM
April Wrap-up Welcome to the beginning of May and another look back at the past month of The Smart Fi stats. This is a chance to see what the site has accomplished in the past month and a chance for me to share with you, the progress our family is making as we march towards Read More The post April Wrap-up appeared first on The Smart FI. ...
Posted: May 10 2018 @ 3:45 PM
Something very big is coming and for our family, it is only one month away. The 3 payday month. In this post, I will let you know what plans I have for our “extra” paycheck and some wealth building ideas you should consider if you have a 3 payday month coming. How is it even Read More The post Build Wealth With The 3 Payday Month appeared first on The Smart ...
Posted: May 05 2018 @ 12:19 PM
Welcome to the world of digital saturation. In 2018, I can’t think of any adult who does not own a smartphone. This is for good reason. You, have instant access to financial data, children’s sports schedules, email, breaking news and most important of all, social media. Am I right?  But when does it all become too Read More The post Digital Detox Day appeared first on The Smart FI. ...
Posted: Apr 25 2018 @ 4:47 PM
In the personal finance community, you will often hear people state that their family savings rate is…you fill in the blank. I have stated a couple times in previous posts that our family savings rate was 40% in 2017. What does that even mean? Is that before taxes or after? Does that include retirement savings? I Read More The post Do You Save: My Formula For Family Savings Rate appeared first on ...
Posted: Apr 17 2018 @ 2:19 PM
It is the first week of April and that means it is time for the March Wrap-up. This post is my opportunity to look back and journal the progress of The Smart Fi website. This is the third wrap up post, which marks a quarter of a year that this site has been operational. These Read More The post March Wrap-up appeared first on The Smart FI. ...
Posted: Apr 11 2018 @ 1:14 PM
The bears are coming…..The next bear market that is. And yes I am scared of bear markets but with a little preparation, we shouldn’t fear the bears.Actually, as a child (3 years old), I was terrified of bears. I would have recurring dreams, (that kind of dream that seems so real), where a family of cartoon bears Read More The post Are You Scared of Bears: 4 Steps to Bear Proof Your Portfolio ...
Posted: Apr 07 2018 @ 4:51 PM
March Mini Victories I am always looking for ways to optimize our family’s savings. The easy targets are the big three budget categories, housing, transportation, and food. Almost every family has these three expenses in their life, meaning it is a good place to start looking for savings. But sometimes financial savings can be found Read More The post March Mini Frugal Victories appeared first on The Smart FI. ...
Posted: Mar 29 2018 @ 3:24 PM
Save $550 on Your Next Epinephrine Auto-Injector If you have a child with allergies or know someone who does, you need to read this article. My 9-year-old son has an allergy to peanuts. He was around 18 months old when I first discovered he had a potentially life-threatening allergy forcing our family to carry an epinephrine auto-injector Read More The post Don’t Buy Your Next EpiPen Until You Read My Story. appeared first ...
Posted: Mar 22 2018 @ 2:58 PM
This week we have a guest post from Aaron at Personal Finance for Beginners. Aaron started his blog to help young professionals, recent college graduates, and other “newbies” learn more about personal finance.  On his blog, he shares basic principles and strategies to help those that are new to the world of personal finance. Aaron Read More The post Start Your Financial Journey With These 4 Easy Wins appeared first on ...
Posted: Mar 12 2018 @ 9:09 PM


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