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A Noonan Moose

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Frugal Fringe
Early Retirement/FIRE, Tax Planning
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What’s a reliable measure of frugality' It’s certainly not savings alone. If you said you saved $100,000 last year, at first blush that might seem thrifty. But if you also told me you made $2.5 million last year, I wouldn’t exactly call you frugal (but I would be very impressed by your earnings). As better […] ...
Posted: Jan 29 2018 @ 6:30 AM
Financial Independence and Early Retirement (FIRE) improves lives. Those who FIRE enjoy unparalleled freedom, lower work commitments, relief from daily commutes, less stress, better health, and more time for friends and families. Although there’s ample proof that FIRE benefits individuals, no one seems to ever discuss how FIRE benefits society. That’s too bad. If FIRE […] ...
Posted: Jan 22 2018 @ 6:30 AM
When it comes to making gifts, US households are generous. The Giving USA Foundation estimates that in 2016 donations by individuals totaled $390.05 billion, which reflects a 2.7 percent increase from the amounts reported in 2015. If you’re a kind soul who donates to charity, you might want to see how your household stacks up against […] ...
Posted: Jan 01 2018 @ 11:30 AM
Current laws bestow many lucrative tax breaks upon early retirees. But does the 2017 Tax Bill undercut any of these helpful rules' To explore this issue—a “burning” one for FIRE fanatics—here’s a rundown of ten favorable tax provisions I’ve followed for years (see my 2015 article here and my 2016 article here). As you’ll see, […] ...
Posted: Dec 27 2017 @ 11:30 AM
The largest recurring study of Canadian net worth, the Survey of Financial Security (SFS), is conducted by Statistics Canada, an agency of the federal government. The SFS for 2016, which was released last week, involved interviews of 21,000+ households about a wide range of financial matters, including their net worths. If you live in Canada, […] ...
Posted: Dec 15 2017 @ 11:30 AM
Note: this post revises a December 12, 2016 article that reported 2014 data from the IRS Statistics of Income (SOI) program. Since then, the IRS has released its 2015 statistics so the time is ripe for an update. Everyone compares themselves to others—it’s basic human nature. But sizing up paychecks isn’t polite conversation. In fact, it’s taboo. […] ...
Posted: Dec 04 2017 @ 11:30 AM
You’ve worked hard. You’ve avoided debt. You’ve saved and invested. Through the years, you’ve regularly updated your net worth using the standard formula: Assets – Liabilities = Net Worth. According to this calculation, you’ve made substantial progress. The stock market’s done well and so have you. But if you’ve only been looking at your net […] ...
Posted: Nov 13 2017 @ 4:30 PM
In 2018, the federal government will once again offer a Premium Tax Credit (PTC) to qualifying taxpayers who buy health coverage from an approved health insurance exchange. To receive a PTC you must split the uprights between making too little and too much income. If you make too little, you drop out of Obamacare and into Medicaid. […] ...
Posted: Nov 06 2017 @ 4:30 PM
Note: On November 9, 2017, I modified this post to correct an error that caused my 2017 Colorado state taxes to be under reported by $114. Thanks to reader Mark from Minnesota for emailing me about this mistake! As I plan my household’s tax returns for 2017, I’m pursuing four major goals: (1) obtain the […] ...
Posted: Oct 23 2017 @ 2:30 PM
Note: this post revises an earlier article dated December 5, 2016 that was based on 2015 data published by the US Census Bureau. Since then, the 2016 data has been released so it’s time for an update. Everyone likes to compare themselves to others—it’s basic human nature. But comparing your income to others is not a topic […] ...
Posted: Oct 16 2017 @ 2:30 PM


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