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Psychology

3 Steps to Conquer Your Fears of DIY Mistakes (And More!)

After 7 years of holding back, I conquered my fears and finished my DIY project. Start now with my 3 steps to get past your fear of making mistakes!

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Finance

Be a Disciplined Investor: Avoid the Behavior Gap

A diversified portfolio isn’t enough: learn to be a disciplined investor to avoid the behavior gap. Behavioral finance teaches us about investment biases.

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Finance

VTSAX vs VTI: Buy the Total US Stock Market & Alternatives

We’ve been collecting tiny slices of thousands of companies over the years. Let’s compare frugal ways you can too with low-cost index funds: VTSAX vs VTI, SWSTX, FSKAX.

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Meta

Reader’s Choice Donor-Advised Fund Launch and Blog Update

Furthering our mission to give back, we’ve launched a donor-advised fund (DAF), funded with FIRE, where our readers choose the grant recipients.

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Psychology

Negotiating Pay Effectively: Why I Turned Down a $175K Salary

If money didn’t matter, wouldn’t that be your strongest position to start negotiating pay from? You can go from a weak position to the strongest with FI.

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Psychology

This Is How to Take Control of Your Email Work-Life Balance

When you realize work email is creeping into your home life—taking downtime and disrupting relationships—make this simple change to take back your life.

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Finance

How to Use Apps & Websites to Sell Your Stuff Locally for Free

We’ve taken on a mentality of “renting” our stuff: it’s always for sale, for the right price. Here are the apps, websites, and tools to sell locally for free.

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Finance

Index Funds vs Individual Stock Investing: My Costly Mistake

Why pick stocks or index funds (ETFs and mutual funds)? The destruction of half my net worth in my 20s during the Great Recession offers up some lessons.

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Finance

How to Automate Your Finances & Savings in 5 Steps

How to automate your finances: learn to put savings on auto, pay debts & credit cards without overdrawing accounts. Make a wealth-building routine!

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Psychology

Expected Future Value: What’s Worth Spending Your Money On

Learn to adopt the notion “everything is for sale”. When considering a purchase, analyze expected future value. Buy quality instead of limit yourself by a budget.