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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

Updating My Christmas Bucket List

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It’s almost Christmas which means it’s time to go over my bucket list. Christmas is the perfect time to reflect a bit and evaluate what you want to do in the future. We all have a few days off and nobody really wants to think about finance too much. Besides, RB40Jr is on winter break […] 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

Are Systems Better Than Goals?

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This week, I’m reading Tim Ferriss’ new book – Tools of Titans: The Tactics, Routines, and Habits of Billionaires, Icons, and World-Class Performers. Tim Ferriss basically compiled the best bits from his podcasts and put them in a huge tome. Luckily, you don’t have to read every line of the 660 page book. It’s best […] 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