Mastering The Hidden Taxes

It’s been said that there are two certainties in life — death and taxes.  With February nearly upon us, I’m starting to seriously think about paying my federal income taxes.  That can certainly feel like death.

In the United States, paying taxes can be a pretty complicated affair — with hundreds of possible deductions, credits, write-offs, and tricky maneuvers that can be used to avoid paying taxes…

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Tis The Season – To Be Busy

Tis the season… to be absolutely super friggin busy.  Yes, it’s that time of year when my calendar gets crazy.  Besides my regular duties as a stay-at-home dad, chef, blogger, and chauffeur for my kids, there’s all this dang holiday stuff going on.

There’s multiple Christmas parties to attend, Christmas trees to put up, kid holiday events, presents to make (and wrap), AND we have guests staying for Christmas this year…

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October 2018 Dividend Income And Expenses

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…

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Why I’m Not Passing On A Financial Plan To The Next Generation

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…

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July 2018 Travels, Dividend Income, And Expenses

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…

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1000 Days Without A Paycheck

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…

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