Family Spending Plan (Budget) and Net Worth Update: 2020 Q1

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High-level Summary We came in 26% under budget for the quarter, thanks due to the Coronavirus. Our net worth remained unchanged, despite lower stock market returns. My partner in crime (aka my wife) made a giant leap toward our progress to FIRE. At the time of this writing, we are approaching 5-6 weeks under quarantine. … Read more Family Spending Plan (Budget) and Net Worth Update: 2020 Q1

Is a two-income household still worth the effort: COVID-19 chronicles?

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I am wrapping up my second week of working from home since the outbreak of the Coronavirus. We’ve been in quasi-quarantine for the last ~4 weeks. Needless to say, Im questioning everything I know about life. Working at home with 2 kids under 4, in a job driven by stock market activity is terrible. And … Read more Is a two-income household still worth the effort: COVID-19 chronicles?

Escaping The Rate Race: The Portfolio Income Strategy

Continuing to explore Uncommon Dream’s 7 strategies to escape the rat race. The portfolio income strategy is really the crux of the FIRE (Financial Independent Retire Early) movement. All you have to do is simply “accumulate an investment portfolio large enough to indefinitely cover your cost of living”. Sounds easy enough ehh! This is the … Read more Escaping The Rate Race: The Portfolio Income Strategy

Our First Trip as a Family of Four: Mistakes Made and Lessons Learned

I follow a few travel blogs (TPG, OMAAT) that have adequately warned and prepared me for what to expect when traveling with kids. But, “we don’t rise to the level of our expectations, we fall to the level of our training”. And since there is no such thing as family travel camp (there’s an idea), … Read more Our First Trip as a Family of Four: Mistakes Made and Lessons Learned

Family Spending (Budget) Plan and Net Worth Update: December 2019

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Despite all the traveling we did, and taking into account the holidays, we escaped December relatively unscathed. Our spending was above average for sure, but it was not our highest spending month. Our net worth jumped another $60K during the quarter. This was mostly due to stock market highs. Ohh, and Zillow decided our house … Read more Family Spending (Budget) Plan and Net Worth Update: December 2019