Marriage. Even in the best of times marriage isn’t easy. With divorce statistics in the U.S. stating that 41% of first marriages and 60% of second marriages end in divorce, the prospect of financial destruction due to divorce is a very real risk for those on the path to Financial Independence. Even for couples that have already reached FI…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
Kids these days have it easy. My son recently started kindergarten, and I’ve had the opportunity to observe both the parent and the youngling forms of the typical human family unit up-close and personal.
The kids that go to my son’s school have it really good…Read more
Lately, I’ve been thinking a lot about the financial lessons that I’m going to hand down to my kids. They’re finally getting old enough to where they understand how to count and use money. They’ve also reached the age where they’re constantly asking me to buy stuff.
For example, I recently had this charming conversation…Read more
I’m sure you’ve seen those ‘Top 5 regrets of the dying” posts online. They’ve certainly done the rounds on the internet, and those things certainly seem like legitimate regrets someone might have on their deathbed after a lifetime of a busy career and keeping up with the Joneses…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
On June 28th of this year, I passed something of a milestone. I have now lived over 1000 days without a paycheck. It’s the longest period in my adult life that I’ve gone without a single paycheck from an employer.
Through the application of a frugal lifestyle and careful management of our investments, we’ve been able to live a pretty incredible life during these 1000 days…Read more
There are some months when everything in life just comes together. Income is high, spending comes in low and everyone has a ton of fun. Those months you just can’t help but say to yourself, “I’m winning at life!”
Then there are other months when the car breaks, the roof leaks, you lose your job, and the dentist sends you a big-assed bill…Read more
One version of my story is very simple — After reaching financial independence and leaving the corporate world, I became “jobless” and “unemployed”. According to standard definitions, I don’t have a job because I don’t earn money from paid work.
But do I really not have a job? Being a “jobless bum” is only half my story after all. There’s also the version of my story where I’m also a multi-millionaire investor that’s retired from regular work…Read more