Author Archives : Mr WoW

Well That Wasn’t What I Was Expecting


Ahh travel… We have a saying in this house. No one remembers when things go exactly as to plan. I mean seriously, who likes a travel story  that goes like this: We showed up and breezed through security.  Then we boarded a flight that was completely uneventful and comfortable.  Then we got to our destination, and the hotel was exactly…

$5MM is a Scary Number


Life is scary.  It’s Halloween after all.  You should be scared. At this point, we’ve all heard the Suze Orman interview on Afford Anything.  And I’m also sure at this point you’ve probably read most of the very judicious responses: Mr Money Mustache: https://www.mrmoneymustache.com/2018/10/05/the-fire-movement/  Coach Carson: https://www.coachcarson.com/suze-orman-fire-movement/ Big Ern: https://earlyretirementnow.com/2018/10/15/suze-orman-vs-fire-movement/ Hell, even Paula herself gave a great rebuttal on her own podcast: http://podcast.affordanything.com/154-youll-need-at-least-10-million-to-retire-early-says-suze-orman/ So,…

Goals, Stoicism and Net Worth


Over the past few months, I’ve become more and more interested in the ancient philosophy of Stoicism.  I’ve read several books and blogs, the philosophy just seems to make sense. The more and more I find out about it, the more and more it I realize just how much it aligns with this whole FI mindset. The Basics The main…

Guest Post – Why You Should Consider Buying a House


Today we have a guest post from Abandoned Cubicle.  It’s a great name, and a great blog.  He goes through all sorts of things, home ownership, bike commuting, general life annoyances.  His writing is funny and irreverent.  Go check him out… and in the meantime, enjoy:    Why should you consider buying a house? If you’re a skeptic of the…

Flamigos and Trailers – A FinCon Recap


FinCon We are on the plane ride back home from FinCon.  It’s just kind of settling in: All the great things we read, and learned. All the great people we met. All the fantastic friends that we reunited with. All the great beers that we drank. Mainly, we spent the entire time studiously listening to every possible lecture, and talking…

Special Edition – ChooseFI Podcast


What a special day it is!! Today is a special one. It’s like the 4th of July, only it’s the 24th… of September! We’re guests on the ChooseFI Podcast!!  We’ve listened to this podcast from the beginning and it’s quite an honor to be hosted on the show! We discuss all sorts of things, Travel, Small Business, 401k’s ,and even,…

The Great Debt Debate


Debt is one of those weird things.  It can be useful, if you use it properly.  Most times it’s bad.  It’s kind of like the opiates of personal finance.  Good if used in moderation for the proper purpose, really bad used in any other way. That being said, we have some debt.  Not all that much, but enough. Yeah, that’s…

The Evolution of the Souvenir


If you are like almost everyone, vacations and traveling are something that you get excited to experience for months leading into the trip.  There is planning, buying the tickets and studying the new place you are going.  All this excitement and anxious energy builds up into a crescendo so that when the trip finally arrives, you can hardly believe it’s…