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Let’s have a little fun today about a “serious” topic. I’ve got a pop quiz for you. A quiz is never fun when you’re in school, but this is an easy Cosmopolitan magazine type of quiz. Don’t worry, it will be easy to answer and you can finish in just a few minutes. Besides, wouldn’t […] 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 reviewed our passive income once a year and it was too much […] Read More

My Secret to a Happy Early Retirement

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It’s been almost 5 years since I quit full time employment to become a stay at home dad/blogger. There were some rough spots, but all in all the last 5 years have been awesome. In fact, this last 5 years have been the best time of my life and I could think clearly again. My […] Read More

Why You Need a Roth IRA Folder

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Taxes are due tomorrow, April 18th! I hope you’re done and filed them already. I’m a terrible procrastinator when it comes to filing taxes. Our taxes were done a few weeks ago, but we didn’t completely finish reviewing everything until last weekend. Who wants to sit down and double check 40 pages of inane numbers?  […] Read More

5 Dreams That Did Not Come True in Early Retirement

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Wow, it has been almost 5 years since I quit my engineering career to become a stay-at-home dad/blogger. Time really flies. If I hadn't retired early, I’d still be stuck in a depressing gray cubicle feeling bitter about life. Instead, I’m enjoying life and playing an active role in our son’s life. The past five […] Read More

Early Retirement Blogs for Everyone

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I hope your journey to Financial Independence/Early Retirement is going well in 2017. The year has been great for us at the RB40 household so far. My blog income is doing much better this year than in 2016 and our passive income is growing. Mrs. RB40 is still working, but she plans to retire in a few years. […] 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

How to Start Investing in Dividend Stocks

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I love our dividend stock portfolio! Our dividend income is my favorite form of passive income because it is very passive. I don’t have to do much and the dividends will keep rolling in. I like having rental properties, too, but they are just more work. 2016 was another great year on the stock market and […] Read More

2017 New Year Goals and Resolutions

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Happy New Year! Did you have a good 2016? We had a great year and now we’re ready to face 2017. Last year, I achieved 9 out of 11 goals and that was awesome. I was able to finish most of these goals because I had moderate expectations. That works better for me than “shooting […] Read More

Don’t Forget About Your Annual Financial Checkup

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Can you believe there is less than 3 weeks left in 2016? The year is ending quickly and the holiday season is upon us. Now is the perfect time to go over your finances before it gets really busy during Christmas and New Year. Actually, we won’t be very busy this year because we’re staying […] Read More