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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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Prairie flowers

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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Mortgage Before Investments

Pay off the mortgage or invest your savings in the market? If there was ever a ninja vs. pirate debate in the FIRE community it’s this one. My foray into the debate is inspired by another article on the subject posted on a blog called Their Money Goals. The authors argued that comparing the inflation return on a house of, say,…

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Hair Trimming

The $109,000 Hair Cut

I’m a little unusual for a guy.  Rather than go to a walk-in barbershop and getting assigned a random barber to cut my hair, I’ve seen the same barber/stylist for the last 30 years. My dad brought me in to see her when I was a child and I’ve always made it a point of using her when I needed…

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Stock Trading Success

Let the Trading Begin

The clouds have cleared and the great weight is lifted. The worry is gone and bright days are ahead. I’m not talking about the weather, but my own mentality.  What is making me so happy? I finally closed out my largest stock position. I had gotten into this stock in October/Nov of 2016, should have gotten out in October 2017,…

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Monthly Update

Well, the weather has cleared and the bathroom is done. It finally feels like I can live again! After this rotten winter I definitely plan on spending as much time as possible outside.Fortunately I did most of my gardening last year, so this year will revolve a lot more around long bike rides, fire pits, and hammocks 🙂 Financially speaking…

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Furniture refinishing

Getting Rich Refinishing Furniture

A key part of getting ahead is never resting on your laurels.  Now that the bathroom is done its time that I start focusing on improving myself by picking up another skill – preferably one that actually makes me money.  As it just so happens, an opportunity arose that I couldn’t pass up. Every year my city holds a garbage…

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Bathroom Remodeling – Complete!

Its been a while since I last wrote anything about the bathroom remodel, but I can happily report that it is finally finished. We completed building the walls, mudding the corners, and putting in the vinyl plank flooring about a month ago, which was quickly followed by the toilet, shower base, shower tile and vanity.  Though I didn’t do much…

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