August 2017 Dividend Income And Expenses

Summer months are the fun months of the year — filled with traveling, birthday parties, water-fights, gardening, and beautiful warm weather.  That’s what our summer looks like at least… and August is our peak summer month.  It was a crazy busy month.

We had tons of fun, and it showed up in our expenses this August!  We spent a HUGE amount of money, but none of it was unexpected…

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A Financially Independent Life Is A Good Life

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is one of my favorite movies from the 1980’s.  On the surface, the move is about a trio of highschool kids who skip school to have a good time.  But the movie is really about living, and experiencing life to its fullest.  Carpe Diem.

At one point in the movie, Ferris quips, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.”  He couldn’t be more right…

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The Miso Solution

One of the great many chains that tie people to working 9-to-5 jobs for decades, is convenience food.  Yes, convenience food!  Many individuals eat lunch outside their workplace every single day — either at a restaurant or picking up take-out from a nearby restaurant.

At $5 – $20 for every lunch, this is an extremely expensive way to attain calories for your mid-day meal.  Over time, those yuppie food coupons really add up…

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The Best Reason For Financial Independence

One of the more common criticisms I hear about Financial Independence is, “It’s not for everybody” and “Some people like to work”.

In a world dominated by the average Joe (or Jane) working a 9-to-5 job, the prospect of living a financially free life sounds like some kind of crazy fantasy world. They ask questions like, “What would I do with all that extra time? Don’t you get bored?”

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Costco Vs. Cash & Carry

Saving money on food is a huge part of saving for financial independence. For the average family in the United States, food counts for seven thousand dollars of annual spending. It’s the largest single spending category outside of housing and transportation.

Love it or hate it, buying in bulk saves money. Costco has been a champion on this front since the 1980’s…

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Making Nametake

It’s no secret that the Tako family loves a good meal. We routinely post pictures of our meals on this site — because I firmly believe you don’t have to sacrifice good living to reach financial independence! Our grocery spending usually amounts to a mere $500 per month.

For us, eating well is just part of living a good life. Over the past few years our diet has changed considerably…

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Sticking With It: Cooking At Home

It’s completely understandable why families commonly rack up thousands of dollars per year in restaurant spending — It’s soo easy to trade that extra little bit of money to have someone else prepare and serve you food.

So how do families like mine go years without eating out? How do we stick with it year after year without fail? Don’t we get tired of cooking?

It’s simple really…

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