It’s time once again for a Tako family monthly income and expense report! November was a month for indoor activities, like finishing woodworking projects. We spend a lot more time indoors this time of year…and subsequently, our spending for November was very …err… typical.Read more
If you’re a regular reader of this blog, it’s no secret that I like to build stuff. I routinely write about things like tools, where to find free wood, and occasionally I show off a finished project. Well, today’s the day — I’m going to show off another finished project! My newly completed side table!Read more
Today’s post is a very personal story about investing.
It’s a story about when Mrs. Tako and I were still very young. We both started our lives as very different people, from very different backgrounds. I had piles of debt, and she had piles of cash uninvested. I grew up in the country, brought-up on a regimen of hard labor. Mrs. Tako grew up in the city and spent her time on education, language, and travel…Read more
Originally when I set out to write today’s post I had this epic idea about using discomfort to boost your productivity and speed the road to early retirement. Except that post ended up being terrible.
So today, because I lack the energy, you’re going to get a Black Friday Shopping post filled with discount promotions….Read more
With Halloween behind us, and Thanksgiving only a few short days away; the holidays are officially here again. Known for excessive feasts, family, drinking, gift giving, and over spending — the holidays might actually be the worst time of year for those seeking financial independence…Read more
A couple weeks ago, I published a post that reviewed my first year of early retirement. Both the good and the bad parts of that first year. The article eventually got picked up by RockstarFinance (thanks J. Money!) and was my most popular post yet…Read more
The last couple weeks have been pretty interesting here on good old planet Earth. My recent posts discussed about our plan for Healthcare after the ACA, and even Secular Stagnation and poor real GDP growth. Pretty serious stuff.
So I think it’s time I took things down a notch and stopped worrying about things I can’t control. Instead, I want to get back to this idea of leading an incredibly rich (and fulfilling) life on a minimal budget.Read more
Change always happens…whether we like it or not. Besides death and taxes, change is the only real constant in life. The seasons change, the weather changes, people change, and (of course) politics change.
This post is about adapting our financial independence plan to change. Specifically healthcare changes. Changes we can’t control, but we can plan for…Read more
Tonight, on the eve of the U.S. presidential election, much of the United States is going to be glued to a TV, computer, or mobile screen watching the voting results get counted.
I equate the election media frenzy to watching paint dry — Boring as hell!
Instead, let’s talk about an issue that’s really important! An issue that could have a significant effect on how everyone needs to be planning for retirement.Read more