Lines and Bars


Given the title of this post, I’m sure you thinking we’re going to be discussing how to get into the hottest night club in town.  How to avoid all the lines and cover charges and how to keep your tab under a reasonable number for an evening of boozing with you and all your friends.  Well… sorry to disappoint you.…

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The First Step Is Hardest


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


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


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


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


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


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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