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

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

Budget Chart Dec 2019

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

Exploring and Reconnecting in New Orleans: 4 Year Anniversary Trip

MSY Expenses 2019

We decided to take it easy in the big easy this year after going abroad for 2 of the last 3 years. A few factors went into this decision. The biggest one being a new 3 month old baby at home. No matter how often my parents tell me that they have the time, energy … Read moreExploring and Reconnecting in New Orleans: 4 Year Anniversary Trip