Homemade Jerky Time!

It’s been a long time since I’ve written a post about snack foods.  Over the years, I’ve written a number of different blog posts about making snack foods, but for some reason I haven’t written a new one in years.

Go figure!

In the past, I’ve written about the low-cost snacking wonder that is popcorn, and how incredibly good DIY salsa can be.  Both are great snacks that can be healthy and ultra affordable… as long as you skip the over-priced commercial products…

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Financial Independence Happens Faster Than You Think

If you’re one of the many young people just starting-out on the path to financial independence (or even an older person just trying to catch up), the numbers can seem a little daunting.  Using common retirement rules like the “4% rule”, a $1 million dollar portfolio can safely generate a mere $40,000 of income per year.

For many, this seems like a ridiculously small amount of income to earn from such a large amount of saved money.  Perhaps you were hoping for a much larger income in retirement…

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Garlic Chili Edamame

When it comes to Japanese cuisine, most people will encounter it at their local Japanese restaurant.  Serving up the classics like sushi, ramen, gyoza, miso soup, and edamame, most of these “Westernized” restaurants aren’t actually all that good.

Which is too bad, because Japanese cuisine is actually way WAY better than that.

Unfortunately traveling to Japan for some good eats isn’t possible, due to COVID-19…

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The Bessembinder Factor

If there’s one unsung hero of the personal financial world that needs a medal, I think it should be Hendrik Bessembinder.  “Hendrik who?” you’re probably wondering…

Hendrik Bessembinder, is a professor from Arizona State University that researches and studies long-term wealth creation of the stock market.  He studies the how part of how the stock market creates wealth…

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The Straw That Broke This Camel’s Back…

People can pick up and move homes for many good reasons.  Sometimes it’s a job, sometimes it’s to be closer to loved ones, and occasionally it’s to retire to cheaper location.

This process of moving to ensure a wonderful retirement is commonly known as geo-arbitrage.  It’s very common for retirees to move, and something the Tako family has been considering for quite awhile now. 

Along with a cheaper cost of living, we’ve been looking for a nice, safe, quiet place to finish raising our kids…

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