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A Gai Shan Life
Investing, Early Retirement/FIRE
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Bay Area, California, United States
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DIK (Dual Income, Kids)
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“…education is the silver bullet. Education is everything.” Sam Seaborn, The West Wing Is it better to be the comparatively poor kid in a wealthy school district or a relatively rich kid in a poor school district' I asked this question on Twitter and the responses initially leaned hard toward the second choice, which would […] ...
Posted: Mar 19 2018 @ 6:00 AM
@geekymath would appreciate your vote Claire Gooding, aka Luke’s mom on Twitter I loved Stephanie’s net worth update. Pick your reason. We make choices, and choices NOT to do something is as much a habit as a choice to do something regularly. Juuling – did I really need another thing to warn JB off of' […] ...
Posted: Mar 15 2018 @ 6:00 AM
Mixed feelings JB (who definitely needs a new blog name as ze is no longer a baby but probably still The Unstoppable something) is turning 3. I don’t know how to feel about year 3. Everyone keeps harping on how much harder 3 is over 2, but 2 was pretty dang hard. Didn’t we get […] ...
Posted: Mar 14 2018 @ 6:00 AM
This is a reader requested post on a subject that’s been percolating for some time. I say “our strategy”, but PiC trusts me with our money, even when I appear to be giving it away with reckless abandon. (Or maybe that’s how it feels to me, and he knows I’m rarely reckless with money.) I’ve […] ...
Posted: Mar 12 2018 @ 6:00 AM
Elsa Sjunneson-Henry’s “I Belong Where the People Are: Disability and The Shape of Water”: Of course society would rather imagine a disabled woman living under water with the only creature that has ever loved her, rather than imagining her above the waves, being loved and desired by the other humans in her life. Black Panther […] ...
Posted: Mar 08 2018 @ 7:00 AM
It’s done. The gravy train has left the station. You joined me on this stressful, ugly, painful path last year and I’m starting to breathe a sigh of relief as I share this: decoupling our finances is finally done. I’ve stopped paying his rent. I’ve stopped paying his utilities. I’ve stopped paying for his gas, […] ...
Posted: Mar 07 2018 @ 7:00 AM
Swagbucks is hosting a Spring Swago (like online Bingo). Sign up here. This round ends 12pm PT/3pm ET on Monday, March 12th. The concept is simple: fill out squares when you earn points on their site. Fill out the board in a pattern, and submit your board pattern to redeem your points. You can choose […] ...
Posted: Mar 07 2018 @ 6:59 AM
On Money Income Our normal income comes from two full time day jobs. We experiment with earning money on the side, including minimal cash flow that we don’t touch from an investment property and investing in dividend stocks. Our side income comes from Swagbucks, selling clothes on Poshmark which is hit or miss, using cash […] ...
Posted: Mar 05 2018 @ 7:00 AM
If you sign up for Swagbucks using my link this month and earn 300 total SB before 4/1/18, you get a 300 SB bonus. It’s worth it if you have a few minutes a day to earn some SBs – I redeemed my monthly $25 gift card for 2200 SB last week! Here’s a handy […] ...
Posted: Mar 05 2018 @ 6:59 AM
This story made my eyeballs leak a little. Apologies that it’s not in a very readable format, but it’s worth it if you can. We’re getting better and better at packing lightly but I always felt awful at it during JB’s infant years. GenYMoney inspires me to do better at it with her 12 days […] ...
Posted: Mar 01 2018 @ 7:00 AM


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