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How We Keep Our Food Expenses Low

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Many people have asked, “How do you keep your food expenses so low?” That’s easy; we cook and eat most of our meals at home. We enjoy eating out, too, but we usually go out just a few times per month. In May, our grocery bill was $466. That’s about average for us in 2017 […] Read More

How Cheap Am I Really?

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Let’s have a little fun today. That last post about keeping track of your Roth IRA contributions was very important, but a little dry. Today, I’m going tell you about a few stressful money situations I had recently. Well, stressful is a little strong. The amount of money involve is pretty small in all cases […] Read More

Why Families Should Live on One Paycheck

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Wow, a lot has changed in 5 years since I wrote this post. In 2011, I was very unhappy with my job and I needed to make a drastic change. We saved as much as we could and cut back our spending to prepare for my early retirement. A major part of the preparation was […] Read More

3 Reasons to Save More Than 15%

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How much do you need to save to have a comfortable retirement? The consensus from the financial industry is you should save 10-15% of your pre-tax income for retirement. Personally, I think this saving rate is too low and this advice is doing a disservice to young people. A new graduate who is starting a […] Read More

What is Your Frugal Kryptonite?

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If your income is in the middle and lower class, then frugality is the first step to financial independence. When you are frugal, you can live below your means and invest the savings to improve your long term finances. Increasing your income is also very important, but it is impossible to become financially independent if […] Read More

Should I Fix The Dent or Keep The Cash?

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Last month, we got into a little car accident when we were in California for Christmas. That was a drag because we haven’t been in an accident in years. We met up with a friend for a playdate and went to grab lunch afterward. Unfortunately, this parking lot was terrible. There were a bunch of […] Read More

Is Spending On Experience Overrated?

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Last week, I received my High-Tech Antitrust settlement check in the mail and I deposited right away. (Woo Hoo!!) The arrival of the $7,000 windfall was particularly timely because we were running a bit low on cash. We paid some big bills recently and had only around $6,000 left in the bank. That’s not bad, but […] Read More

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I wrote this article in 2010 and I’m giving it a face lift. We have been using our kotatsu table for over 10 years and we love it! There is nothing better than getting warmed up at the flick of a switch when it’s cold and rainy outside. It’s definitely my favorite winter appliance. It's […] Read More

Can you live on $1,250/month in Silicon Valley?

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I was talking to my younger brother, Chris, recently and he told me his cost of living is only about $1,250 per month. That’s extremely low considering he lives in Silicon Valley, one of the more expensive areas in the USA. How does he do this? I hope he isn't eating ramen noodles every night. […] Read More

Is 3 million dollars too much to shoot for?

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Last week, I wrote about the downside of living a frugal lifestyle – you’re out of step with American consumers and that’s not good if you want to be an entrepreneur. One reader brought up a very interesting point about living frugally. Here is Josh’s comment. "There isn’t anything wrong with being frugal as long […] Read More