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Are You Better Off Than 4 Years Ago?

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Are you better off than 4 years ago? This is the question we're asked every presidential election in the United States. I know it is still a little early in the election cycle, but I just filled out my ballot this weekend so it’s been on my mind. I wrote this article in 2012 and it’s time […] Read More

50 Year Old Goal: Simplify My Life

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Gosh, I slept for 12 hours Friday night. I had a cold and went to bed at the same time as RB40Jr (8 pm) and didn’t get up until 8 am the next morning. I haven’t slept 12 hours for years. It’s too bad that I had to wait until I’m sick to catch up […] Read More

Finding a Meaningful Life after Early Retirement

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Are you living a meaningful life? I think it’s pretty difficult to lead a meaningful life when you’re working for someone else full time. You dedicate most of your waking hours to work and the remainder of your days is taken up by routine chores. Of course, if your work is meaningful, then you’ve got […] 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

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