9 Month Rental Update

I’ve now been a land­lord for 8 months, 4 days, and 23 hours.* I nev­er would have imag­ined learn­ing so much about myself, oth­er peo­ple, and how the world oper­ates in just a few months, but I’ve crammed what feels like a life­time of knowl­edge into that time frame. Neigh­bor inter­ac­tions I was a bit hard on my neigh­bor­hood when I moved … Read more

Monthly Status Report: November 2017

Dis­claimer: some links may be affil­i­ate links. They help off­set the cost of keep­ing this blog run­ning! Why do I do a month­ly sta­tus report? I find it best to do a month­ly sta­tus report for a few rea­sons. It helps me eval­u­ate how I did the pre­vi­ous month. Did I hit a tar­get reduc­tion in spend­ing or did I go way over bud­get for … Read more

Giving Thanks 2017

Anoth­er Thanks­giv­ing is upon us! Out of all the hol­i­days, Thanks­giv­ing is one of my favorites. It’s less con­­sumer-dri­ven than oth­er hol­i­days despite the retail market’s best efforts, the weath­er isn’t super cold, I get extra days off from work, peo­ple type what they’re grate­ful for all month long online, and there’s tons of deli­cious foods … Read more

I’m Turning Down 2.7 Million Dollars

That’s right, you read that head­line cor­rect­ly. By quit­ting my job, or in cor­po­rate office jar­gon “resign­ing my posi­tion”, I am turn­ing down the oppor­tu­ni­ty to earn at least 2.7 mil­lion dol­lars. (Based on my cur­rent salary and assum­ing I wouldn’t get rais­es or pro­mo­tions.) That’s like get­ting a lot­tery tick­et, win­ning, say­ing no thanks, pour­ing lighter flu­id on it, … Read more

Monthly Status Report: October 2017

Dis­claimer: some links may be affil­i­ate links. They help off­set the cost of keep­ing this blog run­ning! Why do I do a month­ly sta­tus report? I find it best to do a month­ly sta­tus report for a few rea­sons. It helps me eval­u­ate how I did the pre­vi­ous month. Did I hit a tar­get reduc­tion in spend­ing or did I go way over bud­get for … Read more

Chautauqua 2017: A Breath of Fresh Air

I’ve recent­ly returned from the beau­ti­ful Ecuador where I spent a week in par­adise at the Chau­tauqua! For those of you who don’t know what a Chau­tauqua is, the orig­i­nal def­i­n­i­tion comes from the book Zen and the Art of Motor­cy­cle Main­te­nance: “…an old-time series of pop­u­lar talks intend­ed to edi­fy and enter­tain, improve the mind, and bring … Read more

Monthly Status Report: September 2017

I’m typ­ing this from the lush and beau­ti­ful Ecuado­ri­an Chau­tauqua! All this trav­el has been throw­ing my sched­ule of but bet­ter late than nev­er I guess… I can’t wait to share every­thing I’ve learned this week with you! Beun dia! Dis­claimer: some links may be affil­i­ate links. They help off­set the cost of keep­ing this blog run­ning! … Read more

The $200 New Car

I’ve talked a fair amount in the past about my old car. It was a 2005 Pon­ti­ac Vibe. I bought the car for $8,000 cash in 2011 after a deer killed the Neon I was dri­ving. Hon­est­ly, it was the best thing to hap­pen to me.  I had the Vibe for 6 years and put just about 100,000 miles on it. … Read more

Monthly Status Report: July 2017

Dis­claimer: some links may be affil­i­ate links. They help off­set the cost of keep­ing this blog run­ning! Why do I do a month­ly sta­tus report? I find it best to do a month­ly sta­tus report for a few rea­sons. It helps me eval­u­ate how I did the pre­vi­ous month. Did I hit a tar­get reduc­tion in spend­ing or did I go way over bud­get for … Read more

Confessions of a Bad Mustachian

A brief intro­duc­tion before we begin: Mr. Mon­ey Mus­tache is arguably one of the biggest names in the FIRE sphere. He retired at the age of 33 and has been writ­ing his blog for the last 6 years. You can find him at www.mrmoneymustache.com. Mr. Mon­ey Mus­tache, or as I and many oth­ers know him, Pete, is … Read more