June 2020 Expenses And Dividend Income

June was an exceptionally good month.  Life was good.  Really good in fact!  Our financials held-up well (all things considered) during the pandemic, and the kids finally finished school in June. Which means we have the resources and time for some family adventure!

In Washington State (where we live), our “stay-at-home order” has finally ended.  Things are definitely not “back to normal”, but we can at least get out of the house a bit more…

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May 2020 Expenses And Dividend Income

In my opinion, Spring is one of the best times to be alive.  After a long cold winter, when spring finally hits it’s like rocket fuel for my happiness level.  The comes sun out, the plants are green, and the flowers are blooming again.

May also happens to be one of the best months for spring in our area (the Pacific Northwest).

It’s too bad that May didn’t have the same kind of energy this year…

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Lockdown Week 7: When The Food Ran Out

Three weeks ago it was the shortages of toilet paper making big news.  That made for plenty of good toilet paper jokes and internet memes, because… well, toilet humor wins the internet!

Thankfully, like migratory birds, toilet paper has now returned to it’s regular nesting grounds on store shelves.

As if we didn’t have enough to worry about (a new virus, unemployment, the economy, homeschooling the kids) — Now we have to worry about the freaking food supply!

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Lockdown Week 6: Market Perturbations & Sushi

Well, would you look at that!  Here we are 6 weeks into the pandemic lockdown, staring down directly into the precipice of a humongous recession … and the stock market is rising.  Incredible!  Absolutely incredible.

This seemly bizarre market move has the so-called “experts” calling it a “sucker’s rally”, warning investors to stay away.  Yet the stock market is undeniably rising again…

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Lockdown Week 4: Birthdays, Projects, and Frugal Food Failures

Week 4 under lockdown is complete!  Schools have been closed for only a month, but right now it feels like years.  Can stay-at-home dads get PTSD?

If this pandemic has taught me anything (and it’s already taught me several things), it’s that I have the greatest respect in the world for teachers.  People who willingly teach 20-30 rambunctious kids, day after day, year after year, without going insane are amazing people.  They’re obviously saints or super-humans.  Possibly both…

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