Building Farm Truss Farmhouse Fachwerkhaus

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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Victory

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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Trees in Spring

Monthly Update

The weather has not improved much lately here in Minnesota, but the bathroom remodel project has made good strides – all that’s left is the painting and I can call it a day. To that end though, the fallout from my epic disaster with my roommate’s girlfriend continues. He decided to stay with her (despite the mess she’s made of…

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Book Review: Why the Rich Are Getting Richer by Robert Kiyosaki

Why the Rich are Getting Richer is the latest book in the Rich Dad, Poor Dad series, and Kiyosaki continues giving readers nuggets of wisdom distilled from decades of thought about personal finance. Nuggets is an apt metaphor however, because like real gold the reader needs to sift through pages of repetitious fluff to find the hard-hitting material, all while…

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The Creator of the Sun and Moon

Even God Agrees: You Should Retire Early

That’s right, I said it: Even God thinks that you should retire early.  I know what you’re thinking: “Man, I just wanted to learn about early retirement. Why did you need to bring religion into this? We were getting along so well.”  I’m sorry, but I bring it up to make a point. Many here in the FIRE community propose…

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