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Is Contentment The Enemy of Progress?

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Is contentment the enemy of progress? That’s what I’ve been asking myself lately. Life has been really good over the past few years but I feel myself starting to stagnate. This is a huge contrast to 5 years ago when I first started this blog. I was unsatisfied with my career and I was doing […] Read More

Mrs. RB40’s Foreign Service Dream

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In August, Mrs. RB40 took a trip to Washington DC to interview for a job opportunity. This inflated our expense a bit and put us in the red for the month. One of our sharp eyed readers asked if we are contemplating a move to DC and how would that work out if Mrs. RB40 […] Read More

Can Money Buy More Happiness?

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Last week, I wrote the 3 Ways to Avoid Downgrading Your Lifestyle After Retirement. We did this mainly through saving a big portion of our income when I was working. We put an artificial cap on our monthly expenditures and that made it easy to maintain the same lifestyle when I stopped making a 6 […] Read More

Can You Be Happy Without Ambition?

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One of the main reasons why I quit the corporate world is because I lacked the ambition to be really successful in my old career. I liked the technical work, the paychecks, and the friends I made from work. That’s pretty much it. I never wanted to move up the corporate ladder or to become […] Read More

Do Conflicting Money Values Mean A Marriage is Doomed?

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In my opinion, the biggest factor in building wealth and a happy life is a good partner. Luckily, Mrs. RB40 and I have compatible financial values. Both of us enjoy saving and prioritize financial security over immediate gratification. By working as a team, we have been able to invest a substantial portion of our income […] Read More

Would You Choose The Portland Lifestyle Over Wealth?

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Did you know that Oregon was the number one destination among people who moved from one state to another in 2013? I’m sure Portland is a big part of that because it’s been on many “most livable cities” lists in the last few years. Is Portland really a great place to live? Well, it depends […] Read More

How’s Life 2 Years After Early Retirement?

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It's been 2 years since I left my corporate job and I’m still retired. Yes! I still remember the elation I felt as I drove away from the office for the last time with Van Halen’s Right Now blasting in the car. Time flies when you’re having fun and these past 2 years flashed by […] Read More

Are You Living The Life You Want?

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Life is short. That’s what I figured out when I hit my 30s. Before that, I never gave much thought to the impermanency of things. I guess I've been lucky and I didn't lose too many friends and family when I was young. As I got older, I became much more conscious of friends, family, […] Read More

{ 50 comments } It’s Time to Get Back in Shape (after 18 months away from the gym)

I haven’t had a decent workout for over a year and a half and it’s time to get back to the gym. I used to go to the company’s gym at lunch 3-5 times per week and it really helped me manage stress. When I became a stay at home dad, I was planning to […] Read More

How Much Money Do You Need To Feel Wealthy?

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On Monday, I asked – Are you getting richer every year? We had 339 votes so far and an overwhelming 96% believe they are doing better every year. This poll is a bit biased toward younger folks. As long as you are working and in good health, chances are you will be able to accumulate […] Read More