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Being a Stay-At-Home Dad After Our Kid Started School

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It’s spring break already! I can’t believe the school year is going by so quickly. Our kid started kindergarten last September and he had a very difficult time adjusting to the new environment at first. You can read more details from the link, but suffice to say that he was a repeat visitor to the […] 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 .

My Best Investing Advice for Recent College Graduates

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Last month, I got an email from a reader who wanted to know how I’d invest if I recently graduated from college. This is an interesting question. On one hand, we are doing pretty well financially so that means I did a lot of things right. However, I also made plenty of mistakes when I […] Read More

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

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

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