Financial Independence

It's easy to become discouraged and even disgusted by your own financial story these days. Everywhere you look, a 20-something is making millions or a 30-something has enough money in investments to retire. And there you sit with heaping debt, not knowing how to fund your child's college education, and a tiny retirement account. Financial blogs [...]

As much as I hate to think about it, there is something that nags at me. There is obviously a ton of hype around reaching financial independence these days.  It's nearly impossible to execute a few thumb flicks on any social media app without scrolling past a story about early retirement. The story typically goes something like [...]

Blogs walk a fine line between information and soul baring. I agreed to do a guest blog to contribute to Mrs. Mad Money Monster's endeavors with this website, but did not look forward to the self reflection that comes along with it. So without delay, let's get into the reasons I have chosen the path [...]

That's right! We're reaching financial independence without riding our bikes to work. Ever. First of all, let me say that I am in awe of people who put this much effort into their financial independence journey. It's not only the effort that astounds me, it's also one's willingness to risk their life to reach financial independence [...]

Over the years I have had an on-again, off-again relationship with my W-2 job. We started out hot and heavy after college and then, out of nowhere, our relationship cooled. Then, after a few years of working on our relationship, we found our groove. That groove is the appreciation I have for the existence of [...]

Early retirement is all the buzz in the financial world lately. It seems like everywhere you turn there is someone who is smarter, faster, and hustling harder than you are. And on top of that, they're planning on retiring decades ahead of you. Obviously, they didn't screw up like you did and they must've had [...]

In this day and age, do parents have an obligation to teach their kids about money? I obviously think the answer is yes; however, since I'm a personal finance blogger, I'd say I'm a little biased. I understand that the topic of money has been, and still is in some circles, a taboo subject that [...]

  By definition, a windfall is a piece of unexpected fortune, typically involving money. Throughout your lifetime you can expect many windfalls of varying degrees. It's not a question of if you will be the beneficiary of such awesomeness, but rather, when. I've been fortunate enough to be blessed with quite a few windfalls in [...]

With all the buzz these days around personal finance and financial independence, it's no surprise that people think they'll actually be happier when they get there. But will they? I beg to differ. Everyone has their own reasons for wanting to reach that almighty goal. Maybe you grew up poor. Or, maybe you want to [...]

When I was a kid I can remember getting ridiculously excited on Christmas Eve. My mom used to decorate our tiny house beautifully for the holidays. We're talking all the 80s trimmings. We had a small, but perfect, Christmas tree with multi-colored lights. Yes, multi-colored lights. The big ones! One goes out, the rest stay [...]

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