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My Money Wizard
Early Retirement, Frugality, Investing
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Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
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SINK (Single Income, No Kids)
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Hold onto your seats folks! Have we got a battle today!  Last month, we pitted two investing heavyweights against each other. In that battle, Vanguard narrowly won a nine round decision victory against Fidelity, and investing fans immediately began calling for a match up between Vanguard and the last great challenger in the investing world […] The post Vanguard vs. Charles Schwab: Which is best for index fund investors? appeared first ...
Posted: May 20 2019 @ 9:45 AM
You’re gonna end up living in a van… down by the river!!!” A few weeks ago I opened my front door to quite the surprise. Right there, parked directly in front of my meticulously maintained front lawn, sat a huge… ugly… van. This thing was hideous. The van’s condition immediately made me wonder whether it […] The post Van Living: How much does living in a van actually cost? appeared first ...
Posted: May 13 2019 @ 9:45 AM
Hey fellow Money Wizards! It’s time! Time to see how I did on my progress towards nearly $1 million and an early retirement by age 37 35. I recently turned 29, so let’s check in on the progress so far! Life Update: April 2019 Looking back, April was a pretty low-key month. No major headlines, […] The post Net Worth Update: April 2019 ($300,000!) appeared first on My Money Wizard. ...
Posted: May 04 2019 @ 4:19 PM
Well, well, well… if it isn’t that time of the month again.  And by time of the month, I mean time of the quarter / half-year, since the last time we did one of these was on Christmas Eve.  Since then, the Money Wizard mailbox has started looking like this again:  So I thought we […] The post 6 Common Reader Questions – Answered [Reader Mailbag #3] appeared first on My ...
Posted: Apr 29 2019 @ 11:05 AM
I have a coworker with an obnoxious habit. Just about every morning, this coworker stops in my doorframe with a complaint. “I’m so busy!” they remind me, before spending the next few minutes explaining how much work has been dumped on their desk. Then, they do something bizarre. They walk a few offices down, and […] The post Time Hacking: The Ultimate $100,000 Side Hustle appeared first on My Money Wizard. ...
Posted: Apr 23 2019 @ 9:30 AM
If you’ve followed the investing headlines (or even just watched the Super Bowl commercials) you’ve probably already heard the shocking news. Fidelity’s declared war with Vanguard. And they’ve now taken the arms race to uncharted territory – Fidelity is literally offering FREE index funds. The move dethrones Vanguard’s decades long position as the cheapest index […] The post Vanguard vs. Fidelity: Which is best for index fund investors? appeared first on ...
Posted: Apr 15 2019 @ 9:45 AM
Hey everyone! Welcome to the end of 2019’s first quarter. If I were a big publicly traded company, I’d release a massive quarterly report with all sorts of numbers and jargon to bore you to death. But since I’m just a guy, we’ll stick to our usual monthly net worth update. Around here, that means […] The post Net Worth Update: March 2019 (Skiing, Skiing, and more Skiing!) appeared first on ...
Posted: Apr 04 2019 @ 9:55 AM
Here’s an epiphany that hit me the other day. I was deciding on my annual money goals, and I hit a mental wall. I was dreaming up an ambitious plan: to see if I can save $40,000 over the next year. And yet, all the typical excuses started crawling out from their hiding places and […] The post Build Wealth 6.5 Times Faster by Adding Compound Savings to your Compound Interest ...
Posted: Mar 25 2019 @ 7:32 AM
Ever wonder how much money you’d need to be considered rich? Sure, there’s rich in the, “I’m feeling pretty secure right now,” sense of the word. Then there’s rich in the, “Hey, I might not even have to work any more!” (That’s the type of rich I’m aiming for, btw) But what about rich in […] The post What’s actually a high net worth? 11 wild statistics and 4 life lessons ...
Posted: Mar 17 2019 @ 10:25 PM
Ever had one of those brutal workdays? The type that makes you stop and ask yourself how on earth your life brought you here.  I had one of those days recently. It was halfway through a meeting debating the absolutely mind-numbing details only the white-collar world could even begin to care about.  “Should we call […] The post My new life plan to “retire” at 35 and still hit $4 million ...
Posted: Mar 12 2019 @ 9:45 AM


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