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Abandoned Cubicle
Early Retirement
real estate, early retirement, airbnb, office space, blogging for dollars
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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DIK (Dual Income, Kids)
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VRBO isn’t the devil after all. The Airbnb Experiment concluded in December with pretty good results. We made about $12K in net revenue for the year (revenue after expenses such as dues, utilities, taxes, maintenance and supplies). With a mortgage on the property (about $718 goes to the bank each month), the take-home cash for the […]The post The Airbnb Experiment: Results Are In! appeared first on Abandoned Cubicle. ...
Posted: Jan 14 2019 @ 9:08 AM
This is the time of year we start to plan ahead for the summer months. I find this planning process something of a survival tactic for getting through tougher winters with sub-zero, polar vortex action. The kind of deep freeze that won’t even allow for short runs, skiing, or winter biking… We’ve got our Airbnb […]The post Summertime in Charlevoix: Northern Michigan’s Finest appeared first on Abandoned Cubicle. ...
Posted: Jan 07 2019 @ 8:34 AM
Can it be? 2019 already?? I have no clue how we got to this point without a single bit of poetic verse on this blog. That has to change. Today. Introducing Frugal Limericks! Yes indeed. I’m going to unleash upon you fine, unsuspecting readers a series of taut and flowery verse that’ll leave you mystified […]The post Celebrate the New Year with Frugal Limericks! appeared first on Abandoned Cubicle. ...
Posted: Dec 31 2018 @ 9:00 AM
And Happy Hanukkah! Happy Kwanzaa! Boxing Day! Etc. etc. Happy Holidays, Everyone! There, that was easier… This special post is dedicated to the 12 days of frugalness. Why not? What better time to revisit our spending habits than right before we dive into a mountain of presents. (I always say…) After a year of toil […] The post The Twelve Days of Frugalness appeared first on Abandoned Cubicle. ...
Posted: Dec 24 2018 @ 9:00 AM
Let’s just get it out there from the get-go: This is NOT a bragging kind of post. Far from it. This past year we spent a lot of money in our household. We didn’t go off the deep-end and buy matching jet skis, or take five trips to the Bahamas. But if we’re to be […] The post Our 2018 Household Spending Revealed appeared first on Abandoned Cubicle. ...
Posted: Dec 17 2018 @ 8:50 AM
Personal growth happens in the most interesting ways sometimes. Since my early retirement journey began in late 2014, I figured it’d be a race to the finish line. Sprint fast to get through the next hellish 5 or 6 years. I was worried I might not reach that finish tape, and get canned for losing […]The post How Preparing for Early Retirement Makes You a Better Employee appeared first on ...
Posted: Dec 10 2018 @ 8:57 AM
This past Sunday I let my guard down. I told the family to saddle up. We were going shopping! My spark was lit by the realization that we didn’t have enough Christmas decorations. Bizarre. Here I am, a supposed minimalist, and the first thing that pops into my head after decking out the living room […] The post Why Shopping Feels So Good (Retail Therapy Exposed) appeared first on Abandoned Cubicle. ...
Posted: Dec 03 2018 @ 8:44 AM
Getting older has its benefits. In most cases, you can’t help but become at least a little wiser. The ups and downs level off a bit, helping you stay somewhat more even-keeled. With any luck, you’ve gravitated towards a profession that’s a good fit and your pay reaches new highs. Then, there’s the shitty part. […] The post Why You Don’t Need a Hair Transplant appeared first on Abandoned Cubicle. ...
Posted: Nov 19 2018 @ 8:40 AM
This year marks another increase in the contribution limit to the sometimes controversial, but “everyone’s gotta have one” 401(k). In 2017, the pre-tax contribution ceiling was raised from $18,000 to $18,500. That figure gets bumped again to $19,000 on January 1st, 2019. Woo-hoo! We think… In the Cubert household, we contribute only 6% of the […] The post How Much Money Should You Save in Your 401K? appeared first on Abandoned ...
Posted: Nov 12 2018 @ 8:58 AM
Never one to leave a stone unturned, this article explores the notion of work as a viable place to make good friends and lasting relationships. Sure, early retirement is a worthy goal and a perfectly sane course for many people. But not all of us have the option to pull-up stakes tomorrow and leave our […] The post How to Cultivate Your Tribe … AT WORK appeared first on Abandoned Cubicle. ...
Posted: Nov 05 2018 @ 9:28 AM


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