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What’s Your Ideal Work?

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What’s the difference between 'work' and 'job'? We use these two words interchangeably most of the time, but there is a subtle difference between them. Here are the definitions from the Oxford online dictionary. Work - Activity involving mental or physical effort done in order to achieve a result. Job - A task or piece […] Read More

About the author: Joe left his engineering career behind to become a stay at home dad/blogger at 38. Read how and why he did it on the About Page .

When Will You Feel Rich?

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Hey, do you feel rich? Yes, yes, I know. It’s all relative and some people say you’re rich if you’re healthy, have a good relationship, are an integral part of the community, and help the less fortunate. I agree that you don’t have to have a ton of money to feel good about yourself, but […] Read More

Being a Portland Landlord in 2017

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I’ve enjoyed living in Portland over the last 21 years, but a lot has changed over those two decades. When I first moved here, Portland felt like a quaint small city. Now, it’s more like a big busy city with all the problems (and benefits) that come along with it. The traffic is terrible, homelessness […] Read More

Going Frugal with Prescription Glasses

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As most of you know, I'm a very frugal guy and I prefer to enjoy life on the cheap. However, there are a few things I don't skimp on. My prescription glasses is a major one on this no skimping list. I don't mind paying for designer frames and upgrades because I wear these all […] Read More

How We’re Generating Passive Income in 2017

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Late last year, I received a few requests to update our passive income more frequently. So here it is - a new monthly series to keep track of our passive income. Actually, this will be very helpful for me as well. Previously, I review our passive income once per year and it is too much […] Read More

Why I Prefer DIY Retirement Planning

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When I was an engineer at my old company, I was able to buy the company stock at a discount. I also received some stock options and stock grants. All these shares were deposited in a brokerage account which has a somewhat reasonable fee. Recently, there was a change to the plan and I had […] Read More

January 2017 Goals and Financial Updates

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January is over! Did you have a good start in 2017? It’s been tough to get going in real life this year because the weather was so bad in Portland. We had a bunch of snow days and the whole town slowed down to a crawl for quite a while. I couldn’t go to gym […] Read More

Should You Invest in the Stock Market Now?

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Should you invest in the stock market now? The stock market is at an all time high and most stocks seem too expensive. This is a conundrum to new and experienced investors alike. Nobody wants to buy stock if it’s going to crash 30% in 6 months, right? On the other hand, the stock market […] Read More