Have you noticed how all super hero stories follow a very specific pattern? There’s typically a unskilled and naive hero, who overcomes a series of obstacles to eventually save the day. Most hero stories follow this pattern, called The 12 Stages Of A Hero’s Journey…Read more
Have you ever read a personal finance blog for money saving tips? How about trying to DIY a home improvement project?
Saving money is important — If you’re not financially independent, boosting your savings rate higher is the easiest and surest way to reach financial independence faster.
But DIY’ing isn’t always the right answer…Read more
The wind whips through your hair as you peer out the doorway. Your feet are mere centimeters from the edge, and your hand is gripping the doorway like a vice. The ground passes-by thousands of feet below the plane, and there’s nothing between you and a very solid ground.
You feel it in your stomach — that incredibly large pit is fear…Read more
Today I’m going to take a break from my usual topics (investing, money, saving, being a stay-at-home dad, etc), and talk about something that’s been bothering me lately: Blogging.
Like many people, I was an avid reader of blogs before I ever decided to write a blog myself. Over a decade before financial independence blogs became a thing, I was reading blogs about building incredible machines, investing in stocks, travel around the world, and mastering the art of frugal cooking.Read more
Are you considering an investment in utility stocks? Utility stocks were once considered investments for “widows and orphans” because they provided a safe, steady, and growing dividend income with good prospects for capital appreciation.
For decades utilities were considered solid investments that held-up well even during recessions. Electricity and water utilities are sometimes even considered recession proof — In a recession you’ll still always find a way to pay the power bill.Read more
Yup, it’s that time again! Dividend Income and Expense time! For those of you who don’t follow this blog regular-like, this is a regular monthly post where I detail the Tako family’s expenses for the entire month. I also detail how much passive income we earned in the form of dividends.
Why do I do this? Why not?!Read more
Unless you’ve been living under a rock the last couple of months, you’ve probably noticed that the stock market is down for the year. At the time of writing, the S&P 500 was off 2.66% and the Dow was down 3.29%.
This can make any investor nervous, especially if your the kind of investor (like me) that funds your lifestyle from investments.Read more
Ah traffic! Just like the old days when I worked a 9 to 5 job, I recently found myself stuck in horrible commute traffic again. Miles and miles of jammed-up traffic, barely inching forward.
Before you start thinking I’ve joined the ranks of the working again, you should know that this was during our recent family vacation to Texas…Read more
After two weeks of traveling around the great state of Texas, the Tako family has finally returned home. Landing in Seattle, we actually came back to snow!
I think Mrs. Tako actually wanted to turn around and get back on that plane after seeing our typical cold-wet Pacific Northwest weather! We got spoiled by all the Texas blue skies and perfect 77F degree days…Read more