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 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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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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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…Kids?

Conventional wisdom tells us that kids are expensive. Really expensive. The world constantly bombards us with stories about just how much kids can cost — According to the USDA it costs $245,340 to raise the average child to age 18.

The personal finance community generally takes a negative view of huge expenses like this… a gigantic speed-bump on your way to Financial Independence. Nope, kids don’t get a lot of love from the personal finance community…

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