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Mike Ballew

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Traditional Retirement
Retirement Planning, Personal Finances, Social Security, Deciding When to Retire, Deciding Where to Retire, Investing, Household Budget, Healthy Aging, Retirement State of Mind
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Saint Johns, Florida, United States
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Professional Engineer
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Short people got no reason Short people got no reason Short people got no reason To live They got little hands And little eyes They walk around Tellin’ great big lies They got little noses And tiny little teeth They wear platform shoes On their nasty little feet I don’t want no short people Don’t want no short people Don’t want no short people Round here Short people are just ...
Posted: Oct 28 2018 @ 6:00 AM
I hate reading about Medicare.  There are so many special cases and exceptions that it seems everything written about it gets so far into the weeds that you just can’t follow.  “You qualify for Medicare part Z if you are an alien from another planet with at least three arms growing out of your head and you’ve worked for at least 60 quarters and are 65 years of age and ...
Posted: Oct 24 2018 @ 6:00 AM
Can we stop being politically correct for one minute?  Let’s just agree that men and women are different.  Our bodies are different, we think differently, and we like different things.  Would that be a bridge too far? Are there instances where men and women think alike and enjoy doing the same things?  Of course there are.  Are some women bigger and stronger than some men?  Sure.  There are exceptions to ...
Posted: Oct 21 2018 @ 6:00 AM
According to a recent study, the average age for a midlife crisis in the U.S. today is 42.  Turning 40 is a major catalyst, as is raising children.  A midlife crisis typically lasts about two to three years, and both men and women have them.  Surviving a midlife crisis is the subject of today’s Freedom Path Blog. A midlife crisis is a period of emotional upheaval we all face at ...
Posted: Oct 17 2018 @ 6:00 AM
Do you have an emergency fund?  If not, you need to get one.  Otherwise it’s only a matter of time until you get caught with your pants down.  One of life’s little emergencies will come your way and you won’t be ready for it.  In this article we will examine how to start and maintain a reliable emergency fund. When an emergency hits, the last thing you want to do ...
Posted: Oct 14 2018 @ 6:00 AM
Do you drag yourself out of bed in the morning and trudge off to work with all the enthusiasm of a convict facing a firing squad?  If so, you are not alone.  My chosen profession has been good to me but at the end of the day I can’t exactly say that it leaves me breathless with excitement. And I’m okay with that, there is nothing wrong with it.  In ...
Posted: Oct 10 2018 @ 6:00 AM
Once upon a time when you retired your employer would hand you a gold watch and send you a monthly pension check for the rest of your life.  Sadly, those days are over.  Now we are stuck with planning for our own retirement. To replace the pension, most organizations went with a qualified retirement plan.  The “qualified” part refers to the fact that the plan complies with all of the ...
Posted: Oct 07 2018 @ 6:00 AM
Most every day now the stock market sets a new record for all-time highs.  It’s fun to watch your 401k grow and reach new heights.  But are you prepared to see those lofty numbers come tumbling down?  What will you do in the coming market crash? This bull market began in March of 2009 and has continued for more than 3,400 days without a decline of 20 percent or more.  ...
Posted: Oct 03 2018 @ 6:00 AM
Today on the Freedom Path Blog we are going to talk about living expenses in retirement.  The conventional wisdom is living expenses decrease when you retire, but is that really the case?  According to a study by the Employee Benefit Research Institute, half of all new retirees experience an increase in living expenses when they retire.  For a full one-third of study participants, that trend continued for another six years. ...
Posted: Sep 30 2018 @ 6:00 AM
Today we are going to show you how to say goodbye to debt.  We want you to put into practice these proven methods for becoming and staying debt-free. The Lender’s Slave It has been said that the borrower is the lender’s slave.  That doesn’t sound like much fun, does it?  We don’t want anyone to be anyone else’s slave, so let’s get right into it.  Here are the three steps ...
Posted: Sep 26 2018 @ 6:00 AM


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