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Done by Forty
Early Retirement
Behavioral Econ
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Scottsdale, Arizona, United States
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SINK (Single Income, No Kids)
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Election Day is nearly here, and buried deep down on our Tempe ballot is Proposition 417: which would increase sales tax by a tenth of a percent to fund the arts in our city. Even deeper on page two of our ballot is prop 126, which aims to prohibit levying a sales tax on services. (Currently, our local government can only tax goods.) I don't know if this makes ...
Posted: Oct 29 2018 @ 9:00 AM
As long-time readers know, we have been battling car lust for a while. Well, at least I have. Our current car, our trusty 2006 Toyota Matrix, has never let us down. Okay, maybe the paint job has let us down a bit. And maybe my DIY clear coat job... definitely looks like a DIY clear coat job. And sure, maybe I have never gotten around to opening up the passenger side ...
Posted: Oct 01 2018 @ 12:37 PM
Source.A few weeks ago I was on my way to Culver's for the first time, because even a single dollar donated to the 2018 version of the GOP is one too many. So I decided to donate my burger dollars to a different joint, and Culvers seemed like it would be worth a shot.And, friends, I do not miss In and Out at all. Because, cheese curds.But before I got ...
Posted: Sep 17 2018 @ 9:00 AM
Earlier this month, I turned thirty eight. We skipped all the birthday stuff this year, no cake or parties or singing, opting instead to have a quiet day with just the family, as Mrs. Done by Forty mercilessly beat me at Kingdom Builder and Viticulture.Birthdays be damned: her victory would not be denied. I love this woman."But wait," some of you might be asking. "If you turned 38, aren't you ...
Posted: Aug 27 2018 @ 9:00 AM
My least favorite refrain from judgy frugality bloggers is telling people to stop eating fast food & junk food, and to just cook all their meals at home.Which is weird, right? What could possibly be wrong with that advice? Thousands saved every year, and healthier living, too. And all this abundance for only $11.But the high horse advice reeks of a privilege that most of us are totally blind to: ...
Posted: Aug 20 2018 @ 9:00 AM
Every New Year's Day, Mrs. Done by Forty and I go to an uninspiring chain restaurant and plan out our upcoming year. We bring a little notebook, enjoy some some average-but-carb-heavy meal over bottomless sodas, and talk about everything. The trips we want to take. Babies we might want to make. Do we want more or fewer rental properties? Do we feel the same way about early ...
Posted: Jul 30 2018 @ 9:00 AM
Baby AF, briefly and formerly known on this blog as Baby by Forty, aka BabyDB40, has been going through a six week growth spurt and denying us sleep, even on the weekends. As such, the blog's writing will experience lows not previously thought possible. Your patience is appreciated.But before this site morphs into a dad blog, I thought we'd get back to basics: a preachy, left-leaning diatribe that lazily links ...
Posted: Jul 23 2018 @ 9:00 AM
Tomorrow is my first day back to work, and the end of my too-short four week paternity leave. Between the diaper changes, visits to the doctor and lactation consultant, and the regular torture of post-tongue-tie-revision exercises we have to do every four hours, I sometimes have a chance to think about financial independence and how I sure wish it were here already, so I could spend more time with the ...
Posted: Jul 09 2018 @ 10:00 AM
It's four in the morning, and I find myself singing Amy Grant's "Baby, Baby" over a changing table, though it's clear I don't really know the words.Baby, baby. Your poop is an explosion. But if you get a rash, we'll use the lotion.I've become the kind of grown up that my teenage self always feared I would: a dorky homebody, embracing the dulcet soft pop of Amy Grant, without irony or shame. But ...
Posted: Jun 18 2018 @ 8:00 AM
The Bachelorette is back, friends. It's trash, sure, but it is also my favorite guilty pleasure. The sheer absurdity of the show, that a woman will find her soulmate among thirty square-chinned bros, and that two of them will propose to her, and all in the scope of three months, seems surely to have been dreamed up by a sadist. Who would subject themselves to such a contrived and painful ...
Posted: Jun 04 2018 @ 9:00 AM


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