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How to Avoid Overspending and Overeating

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Money and food. Overspending and overeating. It’s a complicated relationship. Researchers have found that people who have a spending problem are more likely to overeat, too. Do you have one or both of these problems? Just one of them is a difficult obstacle already. Having two of these problems at the same time can really […] Read More

Why I Gave Up My Engineering Career

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A while back, I received an email from a reader who is going back to school for an engineering degree. He asked me to write a detailed post on why I gave up my engineering career. Engineering is a great field to get into. These STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers pay well and the […] Read More

Facing Adversity In Early Retirement

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This one is going to be a little darker than usual. I’m an upbeat guy and I tend to write positive uplifting blog posts. For example, I recently asked Can You Become A Millionaire? The answer is, of course you can. You just need to have a positive mindset and work persistently to achieve it. […] Read More

How Much Money Do You Need To Feel Wealthy?

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Last time, I asked – Can YOU become a millionaire? Incredibly, 95% of voters picked yes. That’s awesome, I love it! It really isn’t that hard to become a millionaire in the U.S. if you make at least a median household income of $60,000/year. You just have to commit to saving and you’ll get there. […] Read More

10 Days with Kids in Incredible Iceland

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We’re back from Iceland, the land of $20 hamburgers. The scenery is spectacular, but it sure ain’t cheap. That’s why I concluded the best time to visit Iceland is when you’re young and don’t mind roughing it a bit. If I were young and poorer, I’d rent a small camper van, drive everywhere, and live […] Read More

School’s Out – First Grade is Over!

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Actually, it’s the last week of school here in Portland so school isn’t quite over yet. I’m writing this one a bit early because we’ll be in Iceland next week. The kids are so wild this week, though. They are giddy with excitement when they get off the bus. Summer break is all they’re thinking […] Read More

What Legacy Are You Leaving to Your Children?

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Are you planning to leave a legacy to your children? I haven’t thought of it that much because this is a deeply unpleasant subject. It ranks up there with long term care and life insurance. Nobody wants to think about what happens when you get old and die. Normally, I prefer to write about the […] Read More

Why The Pursuit of Happiness is Misguided

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Are you happy? I mean right now as you’re reading this. Don’t think about it, just note it down. Hint – if you shrugged or rolled your eyes, you’re not in a happy mood. I’m going to take a wild guess that most of you are not quite happy as you’re reading this. As for […] Read More

My Biggest Splurge Before FIRE

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Last week, I picked up my new glasses and posted a picture on social media. A few sharp eyed readers commented that they loved the background. I replied it was a splurge before I discovered FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early.) Do you recognize the picture? It is Mrs. RB40’s favorite cartoon canine – Snoopy. The […] Read More

How to Start a Blog and Why You Should

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A few weeks ago, I went to drop our kid off at school and met one of his friends’ mom. We had a short conversation while we waited for the kids to go inside. She asked what I do, and I told her I’m a blogger. She must have heard “logger” because she said something about […] Read More