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Early Retirement
Minimalism, simple living, budgeting, utility bills, monetization, early retirement
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Well, this is going to be weird. Today marks my first monthly net worth update. This will allow me to keep track of my expenses and see how far my net worth has come compared to the previous months. Every first Tuesday of the month, I will run down my checking, savings, HSA, 401k, Roth … Continue reading February 2019 (and First!) Net Worth tracker! The post February 2019 (and First!) ...
Posted: Feb 05 2019 @ 8:51 PM
As we entered the second month of the federal government shutdown, federal workers missed their second paycheck. Imagine that. A whole month (!!) with no income. Mortgages were not being paid, utility bills were being postponed and some have borrowed money from the POS check cashing / short-term loan businesses that seem to materialize out … Continue reading Federal Workers (and everyone else), the shutdown sucked but there’s a brightside. The ...
Posted: Jan 29 2019 @ 5:18 PM
Low Hanging Fruit – Trash Services Here in Virginia, trash removal has gotten a little crazy – price wise. I grew up in Texas. We used to take our trash to the dump. Living in the suburbs of Virginia, I don’t really have that option. (I also don’t own a truck so my car would … Continue reading Getting Your Trash Service Down to a Tenner The post Getting Your Trash ...
Posted: Jan 22 2019 @ 7:09 PM
Low-Hanging Fruit – Old Technology I was an addict. I quit and so can you. I have been using an extremely expensive archaic piece of technology for the last decade. I am embarrassed. This is my story. For most of my childhood and my adult life, I have been accustomed to it and I’ve grown … Continue reading Confession: I was an addict to this old technology. I quit and ...
Posted: Jan 15 2019 @ 6:26 PM
Low-hanging fruit – Cell Phone Edition The initial couple of changes in my finances are going to be the easier ones – the recurring bills that I have some measure of control over. This is the easy part. A little research and applying it to my specific situation can really help lower these bills. The … Continue reading I saved a ton of money on my phone bill and didn’t ...
Posted: Jan 08 2019 @ 5:42 PM
2018 was a hell of a year. It was the year that I realized I was no longer safe. All the things that I relied on were suddenly not there for me anymore. The wife – moved out and living with a roommate on the other side of the country. We loved each other but … Continue reading This is Plan B The post This is Plan B appeared first on ...
Posted: Jan 01 2019 @ 12:30 PM


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