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

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

Escaping The Rate Race…The Status Quo Strategy

After being introduced to Michael of Uncommon Dream by the one and only Paula Pant of Afford Anything, I knew I found another member of my tribe. In the podcast, Michael discussed 7 strategies that he developed to escape the rate race, which is ultimately what I am after. After listening to him and then … Read moreEscaping The Rate Race…The Status Quo Strategy

Family Spending (Budget) Plan: October 2019

October was another great month for our wallet. And it could of been our lowest spending month YTD, except that I made a bonehead mistake while booking a rental car for an upcoming trip to Orlando I use Personal Capital to keep track of our spending. Given how many different cards we use to manage our household … Read moreFamily Spending (Budget) Plan: October 2019

You should be c(u)ming and going…Relationship advice from Chris Rock!

“…If you’re in a relationship, all you should be doing is fucking and going places. That’s all you should be doing. Having sex and traveling…You should be cuming and going. Thats all you should be doing…” – Chris Rock I was watching Chris Rock’s special on Netflix – Tamborine, and this line stood out to … Read moreYou should be c(u)ming and going…Relationship advice from Chris Rock!

Family Spending (Budget) Plan: September 2019

September 2019 Budget

September was our lowest spending month in 2019. And we needed that to balance out the set backs we had in June and July. Overall, it was a low-key month in terms of spending, so this should be a short post! It appears that our net-worth jumped by 71K in the last 3 months, but … Read moreFamily Spending (Budget) Plan: September 2019

“The World Doesn’t Stop, So Please Live On”: Writing and Delivering Your Own Eulogy

I’ve heard over and over from life long learners that going through the exercise of writing your own eulogy is a visualization technique that can help make changes in the way we currently live our lives. So when the time came to deliver a social speech in my Toastmaster curriculum, I jumped at the opportunity … Read more“The World Doesn’t Stop, So Please Live On”: Writing and Delivering Your Own Eulogy

Family Spending (Budget) Plan: July 2019

I use Personal Capital to keep track of my finances. Given how many different cards we use to manage our household finances, I find that this is the best free online tool available to help me keep track. On to the numbers! Car / Transportation We have 2 cars, both of which are paid off, … Read moreFamily Spending (Budget) Plan: July 2019