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The Money Sprout
Early Retirement
Hustling, Investing
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North Carolina, United States
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SIK (Single Income, Kids)
IT / Systems Analyst
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For the past 3 to 4 years, my wife and I have been tracking our family’s net worth here on The Money Sprout. At first, we tracked our net worth once every 3 months or so. Then about 2 years ago, we decided to get serious about reaching financial independence (FI) and started tracking it […] The post How We are Growing Our Net Worth – October 2018 appeared first on ...
Posted: Nov 13 2018 @ 7:48 AM
Often times when we hear the word “diversification”, we tend to think only about our stock portfolio and other investments … myself included. But have you ever given a thought about diversification when it comes to earning income? Personally, I believe that having a multiple streams of income is just as important as a having […] The post How Many Income Streams Do You Have? appeared first on The Money Sprout. ...
Posted: Nov 09 2018 @ 8:49 AM
At the conclusion of every month, I publish an update of our dividend income portfolio. This portfolio of “mostly awesome” stocks currently consists of 35+ publicly traded companies and is part of our long term financial independence (FI) plan. One day in the future, my wife and I plan to use our dividend income stream […] The post How Much Dividend Income Did We Earn in October 2018? appeared first on ...
Posted: Nov 06 2018 @ 7:08 AM
A few weeks ago, my youngest son and I had the privilege of interviewing my grandfather for a school assignment called the “Living History Project”. The assignment was to interview a person who had lived through a historical event. The event needed to be something significant that impacted people around the world. My son picked […] The post More Lessons From The Great Depression – Growing Your Own Food and Sustainability ...
Posted: Nov 02 2018 @ 7:41 AM
At the end of August last year (2017) … my wife and I started our travel hacking journey. This journey started when we opened our first credit card that offered bonus points for hitting a minimum spend amount within the first 90 days. Considering we use our credit cards for 90% or more of our […] The post Almost $8,000 Earned in 12 Months of Travel Hacking appeared first on The ...
Posted: Oct 30 2018 @ 7:26 AM
My family currently lives in a 3,362 square feet home with 5-6 bedrooms and 2.5 baths. The 5 or 6 bedrooms depends on who you talk to and what is truly considered a bedroom. But regardless of how many bedrooms we have, our house is just way more than what we need. I have estimated […] The post 9 Benefits of Living in a Smaller Home appeared first on The Money ...
Posted: Oct 26 2018 @ 7:53 AM
It’s been about 1 year since I last discussed our family’s emergency fund … and the best way to earn income from that money. Based on our current spending (around $60,000 per year), my family has enough money in our emergency fund ($40,000) to cover 8 full months of expenses. If we were to cut […] The post Earning a Bit More in Our Emergency Fund appeared first on The Money ...
Posted: Oct 23 2018 @ 8:29 AM
Recently my youngest son had a “living history” project due for school. The requirements of this project were to interview a person who lived through a historic event. Think big world events like – Vietnam, World War II, 911, Space Shuttle Challenger, etc. My son decided to interview someone who lived through The Great Depression. […] The post A Life Lesson From The Great Depression Everyone Should Learn – Save Everything ...
Posted: Oct 19 2018 @ 8:46 AM
I really don’t know how it happened, but we have one (or two) too many checking accounts for our family. Well, I actually do know how it happened. Over the years we got suckered into a few checking account sign-up bonuses. And overtime, I have realized that these sign up bonuses are really not worth […] The post Making Our Finances Simpler – We Have Way Too Many Checking Accounts appeared ...
Posted: Oct 16 2018 @ 7:17 AM
My wife and I have a goal for all 3 of our children to graduate from a 4-year college with $0 in debt. This means no student loan debt for our kids … and no debt for my wife and I. We both managed to get out of college with almost no debt … partially […] The post Taking AP Courses in High School – Are They Worth the Fuss? appeared ...
Posted: Oct 12 2018 @ 7:36 AM


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