Water and FIRE: Dating and Frugality Don’t Mix

Her shoulders stiffed and her smile became like plastic. Shutters went down behind her eyes and her fingers went inert, like sticks of dry kindling. My date was not going well in the slightest! What did I say to make her draw back so much? That I had just paid off my student loans and was saving more money than…

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Tactical Guide to Women

Book Review: The Tactical Guide to Women by Shawn T. Smith

“If I have seen further than others, it is by standing on the shoulders of Giants.” Isaac Netwon gave this profound quote centuries ago, but its spirit lives on today when we meet authors who truly add to our understanding of how the world works and how disparate schools of thought relate to each other at a deeper level than expected.…

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FIRE on the Cheap

What are the best ways to improve your life with the least amount of money? The FIRE movement is about much more than the 4% rule, compounding returns, and house hacking. It is in large part about how to create a low stress, meaningful life with the freedom to do what you want. However, the journey can easily take a…

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Man alone in the dark

Failure to Launch

“I’m a grown adult. It’s my money, I earned it, and I’ll do what I want with it!” A friend of mine shouted these words recently when he dropped a bomb on me: he was thinking of moving out of his parents’ house. This is a minor miracle  – he is 33 and except for a year or two has lived…

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Work Until You Die

“Life is very different now. Don’t you know that 100 years ago the average life expectancy was 40?” This random comment wafted my way last week after some coworkers started chatting the next cube over. They were talking about how people needed to pay more attention to their health, and plan for their retirement earlier, since what we were experiencing…

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Walk in the woods

Monthly Update

Hello everyone, it’ll be a shorter update today since not much has happened this month. It’s amazing how much easier life gets when you get the weight of debt off your back. This has been the first month I’ve had without a school loan or personal loan payment in years and I can slowly feel the stress float away. I…

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Adventures in Stock Trading #1

Now that I closed out of my TRXC position after holding it for a year and a half, its time to get back to stock trading and doing it right. I’ll detail the first three trades that I made here, and the techniques I’m using to protect myself while looking for an opportunity. I can definitely say that having money in…

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Monthly Update

Talk about a reversal! Here in Minnesota we went from a 12″ blizzard to a 100 degree heat wave in month. That’s just nuts. Just like the weather though, my life has also taken a big turn.  My stock’s number finally came up and I cashed out with a $40k gain pre-tax ($32k post-tax).  I took out a few thousand…

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