Spring Breaking-It

Ah, spring is in the air!  It means the kids are out-of-school on spring break… and that means I need to take my stay-at-home-dad duties a lot more seriously.

While many families choose to travel somewhere warm or exotic during spring break, we’re just hanging-out at home.  Both of our boys can have a great time even if we don’t travel somewhere, and as I mentioned in a recent post, they don’t fly particularly well yet…

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Not So Hardcore…

If you spend any time reading this blog (or other financial independence blogs), you might begin to develop something of a false impressions about this whole financial independence thing — specifically that we’re really hardcore people.  Extremists.

Occasionally I get emails from people saying, “It’s great what you’ve achieved, but you’re so hardcore I could never do that…”

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Our Geoarbitrage Plan To Lower Annual Living Expenses

When you read blogs or news articles about geoarbitrage, it’s almost always the childless couples that travel the world.  They leveraging the lower cost living of regions like Southeast Asia, Central or South American, and even Eastern Europe. 

These “nomads” will stay in a location for a couple of months, enjoying that locale to its fullest…

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Snow Days And The Financially Independent…

If you happen to live in a climate that experiences the season called winter, “Snow Days” are a thing that happens.  Kids get the day-off from school (because the schools close), and parents have a reason to play hooky from work

“Sorry Boss, schools are closed!  I’ve got to stay home with the kids!”

That excuse might work with your Boss a couple days a year, but after a few Snow Days his (or her) patience begins to wear thin…

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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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