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Finance

$86K in Dividends and a Huge Tax Mistake (Our Monthly Budget)

A month’s worth of holiday fun and a huge surprise on Dec 31st that’s going to cost us big time! We also review healthcare worker relief charities!

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Finance

Thankful to Travel Once Again (November 2021 Budget Update)

We packed in the adventures November with 11 flights, 3 Florida trips, 7 hotel stays, and 3 car rentals for $1,300! And we review children’s holiday charities!

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Finance

Home Repairs, Bike Trips, and Fall Family Fun (October Update)

We embraced the Fall season, celebrate Halloween, improved our home. To give back this Thanksgiving, we take a look at hunger-relief charities.

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Psychology

Concentration: A Haunting Risk to Your Life’s Investment

If standard personal finance advice is to diversify your investments, might we apply the same reasoning to our most concentrated relationship investment?

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Psychology

The Social Index Fund (a Moat To Protect and Grow Your FIRE)

FIRE can create a hole in the fortress of your life’s social structure that, left untouched, might be your downfall. The solution? A “social index fund”!

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Psychology

Is Financial Independence Just Escapism? (2 Types of Freedom)

Is FIRE really just a way to escape the challenge and repetition of modern working life? Sure, it frees you from what you hate—but I think there’s more.

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Finance

Losing $60K from Grand Canyon to Griffith (September Update)

We made it back from our longest trip of the year and invested over $10K. Details below! In honor of our troops, we take a look at charities supporting veterans.

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Psychology

What’s Your “Why”? (And the Point of FI)

Is your pursuit of financial independence defined by “needs” or “wants”? And what’s that have to do with your chances of success and satisfaction afterward?

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Finance

We Blew a Hole in Our August Budget (and We Head West)

Surprise! We overspent our budget big time—and share the details! We also review refugee nonprofits as our summer travel goes west!

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Finance

Wealth vs Income (and How I Can’t Afford Our Mortgage)

Wealth vs income—what’s more important for your success? Once you have ”enough” in your pursuit of FIRE, what are the trade offs of losing your high income?