July 2018 Travels, Dividend Income, And Expenses

Hi folks!  It’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything here, but I haven’t abandoned the blog!  We’ve simply been on vacation for the past week and completely without internet access! 

Normally I like to travel to locations with internet access, but I’ve been completely unable to post anything for the past week. It was a real “unplugged” family vacation…

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Roasting Your Own Salsa – For Big Savings

It’s been several years since I first posted my roasted salsa recipe, but what’s worth doing once is worth doing again.  Especially when it saves money!

For the next five days I’m going to be completely offline — The Tako family is going camping in the mountains without access to the internet.  So, I won’t be posting to Mr. Tako Escapes on my regular schedule …

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Five Ways I’m Weirder And Richer Than Average

Everyone likes to think they’re normal.  We wake-up every single day and tell ourselves this little white lie of normality.

“I live a normal life.  I work a normal job.  I earn a normal income.   I live in a normal home and save a normal amount of money.  Life is pretty good”

Why do we tell ourselves this lie?  I think it’s because being normal is comfortable.  No one criticizes normal…

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Staying Cool By Getting Flat

It’s summer and the weather is HOT.  The Pacific Northwest has been setting record temperatures for the last couple of days, with highs in the low 90’s Fahrenheit (roughly 32C).

After a long hot commute home from work and school, I can imagine most families don’t feel like firing up a stove or oven to make dinner.  I frequently see my friends and neighbors hopping into their air conditioned lazy-mobile and driving to a nice air conditioned eatery of their choice…

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Dressing For Success: The Easy Way To Millions

It’s been awhile since I’ve done a food post here at Mr. Tako Escapes, but that doesn’t mean food isn’t ultra-important here at Chez Tako!  Behind the scenes I’m making delicious meals on a budget that hovers around $500/month for four people.

I’m still a big believer in controlling the way we purchase, prepare, and consume food.  It’s an important way to build wealth…

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Can Multi-Child Families Reach Financial Independence?

If you’re a parent (or a soon-to-be parent) and you’re interested in financial independence, you’ve probably noticed a certain demographic is missing from our little community — Lots of kids.

That’s right, children!  If you scour the rockstar finance directory you’ll find 1471 personal finance blogs (as of the time of this writing).   Of those blogs, you’ll find that the vast majority of them don’t have families…

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