High-level Summary We realized our Coronavirus savings by moving the money from our checking accounts into our savings vehicles Our net worth jumped a whopping 35% and we finally crossed over the 500K mark Last quarter we pulled our kids out of daycare and we were saving major bucks. However, we hadn’t actually put the … Read more Family Spending Plan (Budget) and Net Worth Update: 2020 Q2
I want my kids to love me like they loved Earl. Who is Earl? And who are they? First, let me give a little back story. The FBI is at it again! I’ve been dubbed as the FBI by my wife’s family for asking so many questions. Some of which I feel like I have … Read more Fatherhood Goals: ‘They like me, but I want them to love me’
In a discussion with my wife about future plans, she asked: Her: Nah, I need 6. Me: Cash is trash. But I’ll tell you what, let’s me in the middle and establish a barebones 6-month fund. We’ll slowly work up from there. Her: OK, whats that number? Me: Uhhhh… This conversation forced me to eat … Read more Establishing A Barebones Budget
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
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?
Why do rice and beans get such a bad rep? Such a beautiful and colorful dish. So fulfilling and packed with nutrition. I can’t, and won’t, stand for it any longer. I have to speak out for what is right! Rice and beans are my favorite food It helps that I am from the Caribbean, … Read more Rice & Beans On The Road To Financial Independence
This month we incurred the annual fee for holding the Hyatt credit card by Chase. As such, it is time reevaluate whether we are still deriving enough value from the card to justify the expense. Yearly Fee: $75 I still have the legacy Hyatt card that comes with a yearly fee of $75. However, this … Read more Love It or Cut It…The Hyatt Credit Card
During the last student loan update, I committed to paying an extra $180/mo above the minimum payment in order to have my loans paid off before turning 40! I am now one year closer to 40 and I’ve decided to get slightly more aggressive to get this gorilla off my back! Starting next month, March … Read more Student Loan Update: Done BEFORE…39???!
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
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