How Much Does This Blog Make (2019)?

It seems like everybody has a side hustle these days.  Whether it’s a Youtube channel, flipping goods on Ebay, selling hand-made thingamajigs on Etsy — there’s plenty of ways to make a little extra money on the side.  Blogs (like this one) are just one example.

Most people don’t make a ton of money from these side hustles however.  You don’t see Etsy many sellers driving Ferrari’s…

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May 2019 Dividend Income And Expenses

I think May has to be my favorite month of the year to live in the Pacific Northwest.  Everything is green and blooming from previous rain showers, and the weather finally gets warm and dry enough to spend an entire day outside with the family.

Most of the year here is cold, cloudy and wet.  We spend a lot of time indoors playing board games, reading books, watching movies, hanging out with friends, and trying to stay dry….

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The Failure of Specialization And the Rise Of Financially Independent Generalists

Do you consider yourself a specialist or a generalist?  It’s not a question you normally hear people asking themselves.  Most people choose a specialization during college, and try to find work in that specialized field with the hope of earning a good living (and decent retirement).

In general, specialization is a good strategy.  Specialized jobs typically pay more than being a generalist, and the payoffs for greater experience in specialized fields makes it worth it to pursue very specialized skills…

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Raising Financially Independent Kids Is Serious Business

Raising kids isn’t easy under the best of conditions.  Most of the parents I know work a 50+ hour work week.  To deal with after school care, they enroll their kids in after-school programs, at considerable cost to themselves.  It’s a kind of “two steps forward and one step back” situation that makes raising kids and saving money difficult.

The average family I see, only gets to spend nights and weekends together…

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Wealth Is All In Your Head

When you think about it, money is a pretty funny thing.  For a couple thousand years humans used precious things to represent this idea of “money” — ivory, colorful shells, precious gems, livestock, silver, and most notably gold.  This worked well for humanity for a very long time… as long as the values were small.

The general inconvenience of physically carrying a whole bunch of “precious stuff” eventually gave way to paper certificates…

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March 2019 Dividend Income And Expenses

Wow, what a difference a month makes!  This time last month, the Tako family was buried under a veritable mountain of snow.  Now, one month later, spring has definitely sprung.

Temperatures are warmer, and there’s more natural light due to the annual daylight savings time shift.  This has made a huge difference in how much daylight we have, and I find myself itching to get yard-work done and prep the bbq for grilling season…

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