What a difference a month makes! After the precipitous drop of our net worth in December, I wasn’t expecting to breach the $3 million mark again for awhile… but January was an exceedingly kind month. Our net worth came back with a vengeance — In our taxable accounts alone we saw a $125k increase in January…Read more
If I ever write a book, I think I might title it, “The Nature Of Compounding”. Afterall, I spend more time writing and thinking about compounding more than I do almost any other topic on this blog.
Compounding itself is a fantastic thing — A magical mathematical force that allows for very small amounts of money to grow into a much larger nest egg. Interest built upon interest, where it grows in an exponential curve towards infinity…Read more
Another month is done, and it’s time for another monthly financial check-up! For most families, when the “Holiday Season” starts, expenses also begin their seasonal increase. Usually this happens due to an increase in partying, gift giving associated with the holidays, and the seasonal cooling of the weather…Read more
As the author of a blog, I get a lot of feedback about our lifestyle. Some people say terrible things, but the vast majority of commenters are kind, well-adjusted humans that don’t mind taking a peek into the life of a family that lives a little differently…Read more
Another month is done, and fall in the Pacific Northwest is well underway! That means it’s time for another monthly financial write-up!
October was a super busy month for the Tako family — filled with rain, dinner parties, Halloween festivities, school activities, flu shots, and the annual fall clean-up of our yard/garden.
We spent October very close to home, but I wouldn’t have it any other way…Read more
Let me just start this post by saying, “I really dislike buying sauce packets.” Sure, they’re convenient and can help make a tasty meal, but they’re also really expensive for what you get. Use of commercially made sauce packages can easily double the cost of a home cooked meal.
They’re also loaded with preservatives, food coloring, fillers, and tons of ingredients I would never willingly put into my mouth if I had a choice…Read more
After a long hot summer in the Pacific Northwest, the clouds, rain, and cool weather are officially back. This means the Tako family’s expenses begin their seasonal increase as the garden now produces fewer vegetables, and our heating costs grow to match the falling temperatures.
It was a golden summer (probably one of the warmest in recent memory) and I spent a lot of quality time with the kids…Read more
It’s been said that most of major stock market gains happen on just a few fateful days of the year. Miss those few days and you’ll miss-out on most of the gains in the stock market that year. Hence the common advice to always stay invested in the market…Read more
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…Read more