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The Money Sprout
Early Retirement
Hustling, Investing
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SIK (Single Income, Kids)
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For anyone who tracks their net worth and/or investment portfolio … I’m sure December (2018) was a tough month. It was certainly one of the biggest drops in net worth that my wife and I have seen … since we started keeping track of it back in March 2015. Despite dropping by over 4% since […] The post How We are Growing Our Net Worth – December 2018 appeared first on ...
Posted: Jan 15 2019 @ 8:57 AM
This is a guest contribution by Josh Arnold of Sure Dividend.  Sure Dividend helps investors build high quality income portfolios for retirement. High-yielding dividend stocks are useful for a variety of investors. While there is no specified cutoff for what represents “high-yield” and what doesn’t, we define high-yield dividend stocks as those with yields in […] The post 3 Of The Top 4%+ Yielding Stocks For 2019 appeared first on The ...
Posted: Jan 11 2019 @ 8:00 AM
Want to know what I consider my biggest financial mistake? Actually, it would be my wife and I’s combined financial mistake … which was buying a home that was too big for our family. About a decade ago, we bought 3,360 square foot home with a 30 year fixed rate mortgage. At the time, we […] The post How Much Does It Really Cost to Own a Home in 2018? appeared ...
Posted: Jan 08 2019 @ 2:11 PM
At the close of every month, we publish an update of our dividend income portfolio here on The Money Sprout. This most recent update is the most exciting dividend income post we have ever published. That is because we blew past $1,000 of monthly dividend income for the first time ever! December was our highest […] The post How Much Dividend Income Did We Earn in December 2018? appeared first on ...
Posted: Jan 04 2019 @ 9:05 AM
One of my favorite life hacks is intermittent fasting. Most weeks I try and fast for 16+ hours at a time … generally 3 to 4 days per week. I have found this gives me more energy and improves my quality of life. Intermittent fasting may not be for everyone … but it has allowed […] The post Minimalist Living – My Plans for a Digital Fast appeared first on The ...
Posted: Dec 28 2018 @ 8:51 AM
The end of a year can be the perfect time to go through a financial planning checklist. All of those non-recurring financial tasks that you normally don’t think about every day, week, or month. Most of us should be able to remember to pay our mortgage every month. And hopefully pay off the balance on […] The post 5 Year End Financial Planning Checklist Items to Prepare for 2019 appeared first ...
Posted: Dec 26 2018 @ 8:03 AM
This past year … one of the best ways our family was able to save money may surprise you. It wasn’t by cutting our cable … which we did years ago. And it wasn’t by selling our cars that cost us a bunch of money every month to drive. Did we finally decide to downsize […] The post How to Pay $0 in Taxes in 2019 appeared first on The Money ...
Posted: Dec 21 2018 @ 8:39 AM
Our family is on pace this year to save an extra $3,000 … or possibly more. No we didn’t sell our house that is too big. Nor did we sell our cars that cost us a bunch of money every year. We didn’t cut cable or our cell phones either. Those are all great options […] The post How to Calculate Your 2019 FREE Money appeared first on The Money Sprout. ...
Posted: Dec 18 2018 @ 8:19 AM
It has been almost 4 years since my wife and I started tracking our family’s net worth here on The Money Sprout. We initially decided to post net worth updates every 3 months or so. But as our goals changed and became more focused on financial independence (FI), we decided to track it every month. […] The post How We are Growing Our Net Worth – November 2018 appeared first on ...
Posted: Dec 14 2018 @ 9:19 AM
One of my many concerns about raising kids (we have 3) is how to eventually pay for college. Should my wife and I help our kids pay to go to college? Or should we ask our kids to cover their own college expenses? Is a college degree even worth the cost in today’s economy? I […] The post How to Start Hacking College as a High School Freshman appeared first on ...
Posted: Dec 11 2018 @ 8:35 AM


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