The Investor Disease

Do you have the investor disease?  It goes by the common name of Short-term-itis, and it’s catching.  This particular affliction only affects investors — especially new investors.  Young investors are highly susceptible to catching Short-term-itis.

While not a deadly disease, Short-term-itis can be hazardous to your financial health and long-term portfolio returns…

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How Much Does This Blog Make?

Side hustles are a great way for individuals to turn extra time into extra cash.  Sometimes these side hustles are serious business endeavors that earn significant money.  Other times they’re simply hobbies that begin to earn a little bit of cash on the side… almost by accident.

Blogging is one of those activities that can span the entire spectrum of ‘profitable side hustle’ to ‘hobby’…

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What Makes A Good Life?

The last couple of years I’ve thought a lot about life.  That’s the thing about achieving financial independence — once you no longer need to work there’s plenty of time to sit around and just think about life.

Sometimes those thoughts are a joyful appreciation of how wonderful life can be.  Other times I might daydreaming about how life would change if the stock market went into a deep correction and then stayed there for a decade…

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A Cash Flow Management Strategy For Financial Independence

Believe it or not, I’ve written this post a couple of times.  I’ve never published the previous versions because I’ve never been happy with how the post came across. Cash flow management is one of those topics that’s hard to put into words without sounding like some kind of arrogant know-it-all.

I honestly DON’T know-it-all and my cash flow management strategy is really based upon this fact.  That’s the honest truth…

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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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Everything You Know About Personal Finance Is Probably Wrong

How did you learn about personal finance?  When you were a teenager did someone sit you down and explain the financial “facts of life” to you?

You probably didn’t get a formal financial education — Most people don’t.  Maybe you picked up a number of personal finance lessons from your parents or relatives.  Or, perhaps you didn’t have good role models early-on in life and had to learn the ropes on your own.  The school of hard-knocks as it were…

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Embracing Your Inner Weirdo

Are you a weirdo?  Take one look around the Financial Independence community and you’ll find a whole bunch of weird-assed people.  Weirdos of nearly every shape and flavor.

It make sense of course — anyone who’s interested in ditching the status quo to live a life of financial independence might also be attracted to …  er… let’s call them ‘unique’ lifestyle choices.  For such individuals, conforming to “social norms” is probably lower on the list of life’s priorities…

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