The Craziness of Real Estate in LA

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So, I had lunch yesterday with some friends.  These are close friends that we’ve known for quite a while.  It was nice, I haven’t seen them in a while, and they are moving into an apartment together. (CONGRATS!) Moving is just such a painful, excruciating time.  But, it came up that they want to buy a place and they are looking…

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Why Early Retirement Makes You an A**hole

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It’s really amazing the vitriol that the FIRE community generates when they are exposed to the main population. That’s impossible, You can’t do that! You’re a bum! Must be nice to be a filthy rich spoiled brat! All of us in this community tend to reply: Hey, it’s not that hard, you just have to want it and make it…

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Going For Bike Ride – Part 2

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When it comes to the arguments against FI most people always resort back to the tried and true: But, what if you get hit by a bus? Well, I did (er, a car, but still). This is a continuation of Part 1. Before we go further, I want to make it clear. I never intended to sue the girl that hit me,…

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The iPhone and My Ignorance

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There’s a certain amount of trepidation that comes with experiencing the unknown.  Whether it’s walking into a party and not knowing anyone, or trying out a new skill, everyone has self-doubt. Enter The Interns Mrs. Wow has a profession where she mentors a lot of interns.  She loves teaching them the ropes of the profession and giving them sage financial advice.…

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Not all Detours Are Created Equal

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Today’s post happens to be a guest post I did for our friend Tonya over at Budget and the Beach. Here’s a glimpse: I’ll begin by telling you a story. It was before we fully went down the FIRE rabbit hole.  At this time we were still somewhat thrifty and attempted to keep costs down, but I digress: Story Time…

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What Does the Box Say?

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Right next to our television, in the main part of the living room, lives a box.  Not a fancy box, just a plain, old cardboard box. This box is anything but decorative. If anything it is an eye sore, but to us, it is a constant reminder. A reminder for what, you might ask? It is reminder to get rid…

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How We Cut Our Phone Bill in Half

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One way that the Mr and I have saved money on our path to financial independence is by changing our phone plan. Side note: this is based on US phone company plans.  Who here has a phone? My guess is most of you just raised your hand. Ok, maybe not literally, but you get what I am saying.  According to a recent…

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That Time We Spent Too Much On a Football Game

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Remember when the Baltimore Ravens beat the San Fransisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII or when Beyonce was the halftime act or when the power went out and the game was delayed? We were totally there!! We delightfully watched a great game, right up until the end when my Niners fell to Mr. Wow’s Ravens (still pains me to say that) (It…

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Why I Use Wealthfront

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I’ve been meaning to write this article for a while, and with the recent revelation that Betterment is upping their cash management rates from .15%  for the highest value accounts to .25% across the board, I guess it’s time.  Even the grand pooba himself has taken to writing about this change.  For me (us), I’ve been using Wealthfront for a while…

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Balance – Living vs FIREing

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Today, I wanted to talk a little about balance.  I was reading my favorite sub-reddit and an interesting discussion popped up.  Basically, asking the crowd, how do you balance living your life and your fire plans.  And actually, I just read another post about this very thing,  Tonya at Budget & the Beach was talking about deciding to book a…

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