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Cancun Trip Report Part 2 – Luxurious Stay at The Hyatt Ziva

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This is part 2 of our trip to Cancun, but let’s recap part 1 first. In the first leg of our trip, we wanted to experience the local color so we stayed at a modest hotel in downtown for 3 nights. We walked around to see Mercado 28, play at Parque de la Palapas, and […] 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 .

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

You Don’t Have to Be the Best to Win Big in Life

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I recently read an interesting article at Financial Samurai – For A Better Life, Be The One Percent In Something, ANYTHING. Sam urged his readers to find something where they can be a one percenter and specialize. I completely agree with his theory, but I don’t know how applicable this is for a regular guy […] Read More

Waikiki on The Cheap!

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Aloha! We're back from our quick 5 day Waikiki getaway. This was an affordable vacation and we spent around $600. That's pretty good for a family of 3 in one of the most expensive locations in the U.S. How did we do it? Well, I cheated quite a bit on this trip and we weren't […] Read More