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Happy Thanksgiving! I hope you’re enjoying the holiday with your friends and family. It’s dark and rainy here in Portland and we’re not planning to do much. We’ll just hang out at home, watch the new Spiderman movie, play some board games & video games, and just relax. Cooking isn’t a big issue for us […] 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 .

SAHD Update – First Grade Is Better Than Kindergarten

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Hey Readers, It has been a while since I gave an update on RB40Jr. Last year, I wrote more often about our son because we had a lot of problems at the beginning of Kindergarten. He had a difficult time adjusting to the new environment and he hit a few kids (and a teacher once...) […] Read More

My Annual Property Tax Gripe

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Ugh! I got our property tax bills a few days ago and I am hopping mad. For 2018, our property taxes will increase from $15,984 to $17,722. That’s 11% increase or $1,738 more. I knew that property tax always goes up, but I still get a little angry every year when I see the new […] Read More

Why Retiring at 65 is a Terrible Idea

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Some people say 65 is the new 45. That is true in some aspects. In the not too distant past, a 45 year old man would be lucky to live 20 more years. Now, the average life expectancy is higher and many 65 year old Americans will live beyond 85. If you look at it […] Read More

What’s Your Lifetime Wealth Ratio?

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A couple of weeks ago, I received an email from Social Security reminding me to check my Social Security Statement online. It is a good idea to check your Social Security Statement at least once per year to make sure your earning record is correct. If there is any mistake, then you need to correct […] Read More

Turning Over An Easy Rental Condo

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Investing in rental properties is one of the best ways to grow your wealth. Many people have retired with rental income and/or become rich from their investments. However, being a landlord is a lot of work. Even the easiest rental condo can take up some time especially when there is a turn over. In 2010, […] Read More

How to Be Lucky in Life

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This is a follow up to last week’s – You Don’t Have to Be the Best to Win Big in Life. In that post, I suggested that anyone can be successful by following a few guiding principles. One of these principles is to be lucky. Hmmm… You might be skeptical, but being lucky will really […] Read More

September 2017 Goals and Financial Update

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Fall has arrived. Are you getting chilly where you live? The transition to cooler weather felt abrupt for us. It was summer when we went to Hawaii for a week and it was fall when we got back. I’m a bit sad because I love the long hot summer days filled with fun activities. Mrs. […] Read More