The Argument For Early Retirement

Perhaps you’ve noticed, but this blog’s entire purpose centers around early retirement.

Specifically, at the age of 40.

Because of that, I’m sure that some people think we’re crazy, some think we’ll never make it, and others are jealous, but regardless of your own opinions about early retirement, I’m here to tell you that:

They’re probably wrong.

Early retirement actually has nothing to do with stopping work, and everyone’s reasons for desiring early retirement are different —>>> But that doesn’t make them less valid.  In order to understand just what motivates us to work towards early retirement goals, I’d like to give you a peek into our lives :-) [Read More…]

Why I Use Personal Capital To Manage My Money

Up until now, my money management situation has been pretty complicated.  It involved a bunch of online accounts, paper statements, excel spreadsheets, and even a “Finance Binder.”

Suffice to say, it took a lot of time and brainpower that I really didn’t have to spare.

But in 2015, I’m focusing on a couple of big things:

  • Paying Off $30,000 in debt
  • Efficiency
  • Focusing on the positive

And that is why I want to share my experience with Personal Capital with you today.

I actually started using Personal Capital nearly a year and a half ago, but I’m just now getting around the sharing it with you, because I wanted to focus on the positive part of paying off debt: watching my net worth rise.  I was sick and tired of seeing negative numbers, of having to track my debt, savings and budgets in different places, and really just of wasting my time. [Read More…]

$5 Meal Plan Review

When Erin Chase (the $5 Dinner Mom) graduated from Texas Christian University, she found herself in the Dominican Republic working as a high school math and science teacher.  While she loved her work, living the Dominican Republic taught her how to shop and meal plan on a budget – and in a developing country!

Why?

Because she a had a limited budget with which to cook three meals a day, seven days a week for 12 teenage boys!

So Erin and Jim Wang (founder of Bargaineering) have teamed up to bring you a revolutionary concept in Meal Planning: $5 Meal Plan. [Read More…]

With summer on the way, we are all looking for ways to get out and about, change up our routines, and possibly make extra money. Here are seven creative ways to make an extra $100 per week this summer.

7 Ways to Make An Extra $100 a Week This Summer

Editors Note: Thanks so much to Angie Nelson of The Work At Home Wife for submitting this post today!  I know I'm working on earning some extra money this summer, and Angie has some great ideas!  If you are interest in submitting a guest post, check the requirements over here and then shoot me an ... read more

I'm looking for ways to preserve my harvest without using a canner - and I've found 4 ways

4 Ways to Preserve the Harvest Without Using a Canner

Well, our garden is well underway! Our garden plans have changed about 12 times since we decided it was going to happen this year!  First, we were going to put in the garden out at my in-laws farm, where there is plenty of room and a really big tiller.  But then, I did the math and realized that ... read more

Last year I used this system to help me prepare for yard sales, but I was so busy I didn't even share it with you. So, I'm giving away a really cool free printable to make it up to you and help you prepare for yard sales this year!

How to Prepare for Yard Sales

As summer comes closer and closer, I'm getting read to hit up all of the yard sales in our area, and I'm getting so excited! Please tell me I'm not the only one?!? I literally love everything about summer - the sun being out, the temperature, lazy days in the pool, even gardening!  But mostly, ... read more

Everyone has heard the statement “Patience is a Virtue”. I am here to attest to the truth behind the saying while day trading the U.S equity markets.

Patience Pays!

Editors Note: I want to thank Josh from CNA Finance for this awesome post!  I know that I definitely struggle with patience, so this totally struck a chord with me - hopefully it will help you see the value of patience too!  Take it away, Josh! Patience Pays! Everyone has heard the statement ... read more