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Our Growing Dividend Income

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I love our dividend stock portfolio! Dividend income is my favorite form of income because it is very passive. I don’t have to do much and the dividends will keep rolling in AND grow. I used to like rental properties as well, but they are too much work for me now. These days, I don’t […] Read more

About the author: Joe started Retire by 40 in 2010 to figure out how to retire early. He spent 16 years working in computer design and enjoyed the technical work immensely. However, the job became too stressful and Joe retired from his engineering career to become a stay-at-home dad/blogger at 38. Today, he blogs about financial independence, early retirement, investing, and living a frugal lifestyle.

Passive income is the key to early retirement. This year, Joe is increasing his investment in real estate with CrowdStreet. He can invest in projects across the U.S. and diversify his real estate portfolio. There are many interesting projects available so sign up and check them out.

Joe also highly recommends Personal Capital for DIY investors. He logs on to Personal Capital almost daily to check his cash flow and net worth. They have many useful tools that will help DIY investors analyze their portfolio and plan for retirement.

SAHD Recipe – Thai Cashew Nut Chicken

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Hey everyone, welcome to another installment of SAHD recipes. Today, we’ll make Thai Cashew Nut Chicken. My parents used to have a tiny Thai restaurant and this was one of the most popular dishes we served. Whenever someone asked what we’d recommend, this would be it. It’s salty, sweet, and just a little spicy. It’s […] Read more

Can My Wife Retire Early?

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Hey everyone, it’s time for an annual update on Mrs. RB40’s 2020 ER (early retirement) plan. The last time I updated this post (Jan. 2019), she was on a mini-sabbatical for a month. She went back to work after the time off and it was a bit tough. Her organization had a reorg and now […] Read more

Why I Love Tracking Our Expenses

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I hope I don’t lose too many readers from the title alone. The reality is – everyone hates budgeting. It is tedious, takes a lot of time, and requires constant self-control. However, it doesn’t have to be that way. My easy peasy budgeting system only needs an hour of your time per month. Most of […] Read more

SAHD Recipe – Thai Ginger Chicken Stir-fry

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Hey everyone, welcome to another installment of SAHD recipes. Today, we’ll cook Thai Ginger Chicken stir-fry. If you like ginger, you’ll love this dish. It’s a bit spicy for kids, but they can avoid the ginger. My son didn’t like it much and gave it 4/10. However, he still ate a fair amount so it […] Read more

What Should We Teach Kids About Money

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Are you teaching your kids about money? Mastery over personal finance is necessary for a secure future. Money isn’t everything, but life is way easier if your finance is under control. Unfortunately, most American workers are struggling with their finances. 75% of all employees are living paycheck to paycheck. That’s a huge percentage! How can […] Read more

Our Real Estate Crowdfunding Investment Performance

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Investing in real estate is a proven way to build wealth. I got started by renting out our old home when we moved. This is the easiest way to start investing in real estate. I knew the quirks and flaws of our old home. When something broke, I usually could fix it myself. After that, […] Read more

SAHD Recipe – Soft & Crunchy Turkey Taco

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Hey everyone, welcome to another installment of SAHD recipes. Today, I’ll share my super-secret Soft & Crunchy Taco recipe. This is the ultimate SAHD taco. It’s easy to make and the kids will love it. Take it from RB40Jr, he gives it 5 stars. This is pretty rare because my cooking is usually a bit […] Read more