All I Want for Christmas is a Com-post-er, a Com-post-er!

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With the new year upon us, I would like to take a minute to review a few of my favorites from last year. I’m talking about gifts.  For me, 2016 brought a new appreciation for life.  I started to look at things differently.  I began searching for used items when in need of something or looking to rent/borrow when at…

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The first step is hardest

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In my many years on this planet I’ve learned a couple things.  Some are more obvious, some are more personal.  Some are really technical, some are more simple and matter of fact.  But, when it comes to making things happen, there’s one thing that I’ve learned and it’s the first step is the hardest.  I know, I know cliched as…

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Keeping Goals Top of Mind

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Setting goals is something that everyone needs to do.  When it comes to becoming financially independent, goal setting is something that is vital.  You need to plan out your path, you need to understand how you are going to get where you want to go, and you need to lay out the steps along the way.  I’m sure, like us,…

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Cold Hard Numbers

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So I’m changing it up today, keeping you all on your toes. Usually Mr. Wow is the numbers man and I like to talk more about the touchy-feely side of financial independence and early retirement. Well, not today.  Today I am going to air out some dirty laundry. I’m going to share with you the harsh realization I faced a…

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Deck The Halls with Unnecessary Things

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Tis the season to be shopping. For the past few weeks, I have noticed a dramatic increase in holiday advertisements.  It seems that every time I turn around, I see a new ad, commercial, or billboard telling me that my holiday won’t be complete unless I have (insert item for sale here).  Its amazing how the daily doses of seasonal…

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It’s Your Journey – Make It Your Own

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Financial independence: What is it? How does one achieve it?  And ultimately, what does it mean in the grand scheme of life? For the past few years, Mr. Wow and I have been casually throwing this term around in our daily conversations as if we were talking about the weather.  Between the two of us, we have confirmed our “end game” and…

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The Tax Is Right

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Let’s reminisce a little bit, remember when you stayed home from school sick and you sat around and watched all those silly game shows that were on during the day?  You would watch, Let’s Make a Deal and The Price is Right, yelling at the TV, telling the people what the answer should be.  You always knew that if you…

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Going For A Bike Ride – Part 1

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Ever since we started this whole path towards FI, and even a couple years before that, I have been riding a bike on my commute (like a good little Mustachian).  From our old house it was actually 17 miles each way, most of which was along a beach path in Los Angeles.  It was pretty fantastic; I’d leave and a half…

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Sharing is Caring!

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We all remember one of the pivotal lessons learned in preschool; the old saying “sharing is caring”, right? Amazing that something we are exposed to at such a young age, still holds true later in life.  Recently, I’ve been reflecting on just how important and valuable this skill actually is.  While keeping in mind this whole financial independence and minimalist…

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