Frugality vs. Sanity

A few years back, my wife and I were presented with an interesting opportunity. A family member, let’s call him Mike for this article, wanted to retire to Florida to take advantage of the amazing housing prices here. At the bottom of the market, homes had dropped 60%-70% in value from their 2007 peaks. The problem was that … Continue reading Frugality vs. Sanity

Why You Can’t Retire

Last week, I read along on twitter and bit my lip as MMM tried to talk some sense into a mainstream finance writer & editor who tweeted a link to a New York Times article. Above the link, she wrote: “The basic flaw at heart of so many retirement calculations: you cannot possibly save enough … Continue reading Why You Can’t Retire

The Dark Side of Interest

Money may not grow on trees, but it does still grow, completely passively. It’s the nature of compound interest that your money is always making you more money, and that new money in turn is making its own money, and so on. You may not notice it on small scales, but it is always there, … Continue reading The Dark Side of Interest

You’re a Hazard To Your Money

“I know I need to save more… it’s just that I never have any money left over at the end of the month!” I hear this often. Most people don’t earn enough to save money. Some people are barely scraping by. Life is expensive. The truth is though, we adjust our spending subconsciously all the … Continue reading You’re a Hazard To Your Money

Investing Can Be Simple

Investing is a topic that confounds many of us. The financial industry has taught us that investing is inherently complex, and we therefore need professionals to handle it for us. But it doesn’t have to be this way! For those pursuing financial independence, almost everything you need to know about low-cost index investing can be … Continue reading Investing Can Be Simple