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Finance

How a NYE Windfall Made Our Biggest Money Mistake of 2021

Our biggest financial mistake of the year didn’t arrive until late December but once the dust settles, it’ll likely have cost us some $15K+! Avoid our failure!

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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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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?

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Psychology

A Lesson in Lifestyle Inflation (and Adventure) From the Beach

If crowds are the ultimate purveyors of lethargy, then it’s your sense of adventure that protects you from their allure; cherish it as part of your financial mindset.

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Finance

A Summer of Travel (and Our July 2021 Monthly Money Update)

We’ve got a year of net worth data and donations, review community health nonprofits, and detail our monthly budget—as our summer of travel continues!

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Psychology

Your Start to Financial Freedom (From Scarcity to Abundance)

Battling financial illiteracy is your first step—then, build a money mindset from paycheck-to-paycheck scarcity to one that plans for the future with abundance.