Finding Your Frugal Superpower

There comes a time in everyone’s life when something truly amazing happens — they encounter the financial independence movement.   You either love it or hate it.

While I think most people can get on board with the idea of achieving financial independence, it’s the getting to it that’s the big problem.  A lot of folks balk at large savings rates over very long periods of time, suggesting “I could never save that much for a decade or more!!!”

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October 2020 Dividend Income And Expenses

It’s hard to believe that I’m already back here writing a monthly financial update for the blog so soon!  It seemed like only yesterday that I was wrapping-up September, and now I’m doing it again for October.

Time flies when you’re stuck at home during a pandemic, with two kids!  I do my best, but I think both kids would rather being going to school and seeing their friends instead of being stuck at home…

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Scary Financial Monsters That Really Exist

It’s that time of year again.  When the days grow darker, and colder.  The sun barely breaks the horizon, and the creatures of the night begin to emerge more frequently.  The ghouls, zombies, mummies, and witches (not to mention a few superheroes) begin to stalk our suburban neighborhoods.

Going door to door, they’re looking to give a good scare in exchange for some delicious free candy…

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5 Years Of Freedom

While I’m not normally a nostalgic person, October marked something of a major milestone in the life of Mr. Tako.  This was my fifth year of freedom from the corporate world!

Although my blog was started back in December of 2015, my last day of work at a “corporate” job was September 30th, 2015.  It took me a few months of unemployment before I finally decided to start writing the blog you see here today.

It’s been an interesting 5-year journey to say the least.  Filled with all the ups and downs, and strange fluids you might expect from raising two kids…

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September 2020 Dividend Income And Expenses

Wait, what?  September is over already?  How did that happen?

With the kids now back in school (well, OK… virtual school) and my focus on keeping the kids focused on their studies, September absolutely flew by.  It was here and gone in a flash!

The Tako family mostly stuck to home and kept to ourselves in September… which I suppose is pretty normal life these days.  You know, because of the pandemic.

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Escaping The Summer Heat

Like most families, when school lets out for summer, that’s when the Tako family does most of our traveling.  This year the world had other plans for us.  COVID-19 happened, and our summer travel plans were canceled.

Instead of visiting the national parks of the American Southwest (like we planned), we settled for a quiet summer at home.  It was a bit of a bummer to be honest… but we tried to make the best of it.

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