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Fred Smidlap

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Freddy Smidlap Blows Off Some Steam
General Finance
investing, early retirement, family
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Buffalo, New York, United States
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DINK (Dual Income, No Kids)
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Hey Smidlapper, Learn to Cook.  It’s good for your soul and you bank account. Do y’all like good food?  That’s a silly and rhetorical question, I know.  I’ll bet some of you even enjoy eating healthy and frugal from time to time.  While we’re not always that frugal at home I think this is useful … Continue reading "Good Eats for Cheap #1 – Grilled Turkey and Artisan Bread" ...
Posted: Jun 12 2018 @ 11:37 AM
It’s a glorious thing to have a dog! If you’ve been following along here you know the Smidlap Family loves dogs.  We’re partial to boxers, the clowns of the dog world, but we really are fond of all shapes and sizes and breeds. I’m here to hip you to some news on the regular costs … Continue reading "Dogs Can Be Expensive, Pad Your Emergency Fund Accordingly" ...
Posted: Jun 08 2018 @ 3:57 PM
Who would allow a fool like Smidlap to post on their site? My buddy Cal over at FI Me Outa Here has a nice site with plenty of informative content.  He busting his butt to get out of the grind to a more tranquil way of life. I wrote up a little article here about how emotions … Continue reading "Guest Post on FI Me Outa Here" ...
Posted: Jun 06 2018 @ 9:16 AM
Fred, What in the wide-wide world of sports are you talking about? I was just reading the most excellent Mr. Freaky Frugal’s article on the common fears of retiring early.  I really wanted to add one thing to the list and that is the fear of running out of money due to withdrawing funds at too high … Continue reading "Help! I am Pooping My Pants Over Safe Withdrawal Rates!" ...
Posted: May 31 2018 @ 4:57 PM
Hey, Knucklehead, I’ll Miss You Like a Hemorrhoid! I ought to be the bigger person on this but it’s not in me in this case.  I had to report to this fool on the factory floor for about 6 months a couple of years ago.  You know how some people were never really cut out … Continue reading "3 Friends and 1 Knucklehead Just Retired Early from Big Brother Corp." ...
Posted: May 29 2018 @ 11:45 AM
Update on Mrs. Smidlap’s New and Improved Lightly Scheduled Career A couple of weeks ago both of my followers showed interest in an article I wrote about the dueling values of purchasing original art versus getting to financial independence as quickly as possible. So what, you say?  Well, those same two long time readers might remember that … Continue reading "Painting Sales and Portfolio Details" ...
Posted: May 22 2018 @ 3:13 PM
“All your dreams will come true.  All my dreams came true.  But now, I have a bunch of other dreams.” – Sonic Youth, 1994 What did you want growing up?  I’m guessing it’s probably something you didn’t already have. When I was in my teenage years all I wanted was to get a girlfriend.  Growing … Continue reading "How in the Hell do I Hit This Moving Target?" ...
Posted: May 15 2018 @ 2:44 PM
When Winston Churchill was asked to cut arts funding to support the war effort, he replied: “Then what are we fighting for?” Churchill may or may not have really said these exact words but the principle rings true to me, Smidlapper.  Is it sufficient to just exist in this world or does a life worth … Continue reading "Will Buying Art Kill Your Financial Independence Dreams?" ...
Posted: May 11 2018 @ 3:02 PM
Times Were Different Back When I Traveled for Work in the 90’s I was working for a privately owned chemical company in those days and had just finished up my chemistry degree (they paid the last few years).  We needed a huge piece of equipment to manufacture this powdered resin that was a new product … Continue reading "Travelling for Work? Here’s How I Rocked It!" ...
Posted: May 03 2018 @ 4:18 PM
We first started all this around October, 2017 in a dual effort to douche from our lives a heap of good stuff and junk that took many years to accumulate.  We also wanted to replace some income since we had gone from two incomes to one several months earlier.  These are some of the lessons … Continue reading "Lessons Learned from our 1st 6 Months Selling on eBay" ...
Posted: Apr 26 2018 @ 4:14 PM


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