Road Trip Report (Memorial Day Weekend 2017)

This post is about our family road trip during the holiday weekend. I haven’t actually posted any of our family adventures in a long time (sorry!), so it’s time I finally amended that!

For all you folks looking for posts about investing, stocks, and all things money … this is not one of those posts. Check-out my posts on investing if that’s what you’re looking for. I may have had several reasonably intelligent thoughts about investing…

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Profitability Doesn’t Matter?

The stock market loves growth. The faster a company grows, the larger its market valuation. The investing world is literally in love with growth stocks.

When Forbes writes articles about how a mere $5,000 investment in Amazon is now worth $2.4 million, it makes even the most rational value investor wonder if they’re missing out on the wonderful returns that growth stocks provide. In Amazon’s case, a ridiculous 49,000% return…

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Finding The Good Life

The good life. It’s a phrase that gets tossed around a lot. We all want to have a “good life”, but have you ever really thought about what it takes to live “the good life”?

Is “the good life” about traveling to sun soaked locations in private jets, eating lobster, and sipping drinks by the beach? If your tastes tend toward the simpler, perhaps “the good life” is a simple homestead in Alaska…

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Investing In Avocado Toast

When the stock market has a bad day, (like it did this Wednesday) do you feel bad about losing money? When the economy goes into recession and markets drop day-after-day, do you feel yourself getting depressed?

“Oh no! All that hard work, down the tubes! Years of savings destroyed by the uncaring stock market!”

This fear is what keeps people from investing, and actually achieving financial independence…

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Is Retail Dead?

Back when I was a kid in the 80’s and 90’s, the mall was the place to go on the weekends. I wasted tons of money at the mall, on stuff that no longer matters.

Sometimes I’d ride my bike to the mall on Saturday, and pick-up a new cassette tape. Or, maybe I’d buy new tennis shoes. If I didn’t have any money, the mall was just a place to “people watch” and kill time. It was the place to go to see or “be seen” for teens in the 80’s and 90’s…

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The Pants Experiment

OK, confession time — I’ve got a dirty little secret. Despite my constant love for free resources, I actually spent money recently…

The horror! But before you start trolling, put down the pitchforks and keep reading — there’s an interesting story here!

Back in April 2016, I wrote a post called The Clothes For Financial Independence. Therein I showed off my incredibly fashionable wardrobe — worn-out jeans, thrift-store T-shirts, socks with holes, and my incredibly durable Mucksters…

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April 2017 Dividend Income And Expenses

Wow, where did April go? It seems like I was just wrapping up our 2016 taxes, and now it’s time to write up one of these monthly reports. The year 2017 is now a third complete!

Thankfully, the Pacific Northwest has finally started it’s drying-out cycle, so we’ve started spending more time outdoors. This means daily walks through the neighborhood, playground time with the kids, and more time spent in the garden…

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