Four Financial Lessons I Wish I Knew When I Was Younger

In a previous post, I mentioned the fact that one of my college roommates went to college on a full scholarship through the Navy ROTC program. While I couldn’t see myself fitting in with the military, I didn’t even know such a thing was an option before I learned about it from him. Clearly, that is one of the financial lessons I missed early on. And that is just one example. Needless to say, if…

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Barista FIRE: Bridging the Benefits Gap

Starbucks. Everyone loves it. From frappucinos to lattes, from chai tea to Refreshers, it seems no one can get enough. Okay, fine - not everyone loves it. This post might be old, but most of these ideas are still relevant. Love it or hate it, though, it would be tough to deny that Starbucks is a successful company. After all, they are the largest coffee chain in the world. But aside from the drinks, what else…

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Financial Independence Retire Early: What Does it Really Mean?

Hey all! Hope you're having a fantastic evening (or morning, or afternoon). I'd like to discuss a topic that is central to my mission: financial independence retire early. This is such an important topic that I don't really need a reason to discuss it, but something actually did prompt me. Like so many people out there, I listened to Paula Pant's interview with Suze Orman recently. Now, despite Suze's apparently strong feelings on the matter, I…

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My Why of FI

"My why of FI" - how's that for a rhyming phrase? Anyway, I have a confession to make: I'm not the most decisive person. If you ask me what I like to do for fun, I will probably have a difficult time responding very confidently. I mean, other than working on this blog, of course! But since I don't typically mention that in the context of small talk, I will usually say something like, "Ya…

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Should Salary Information Be Kept Secret?

Did you know that salary data for many public-sector employees is available for anyone to see? And I don't just mean information on groups of employees, nor do I mean rough figures. Databases such as Data Universe allow you to quickly find the actual salary of real people. If you work in the private sector, you might think it's a bit strange that this information is just out in the open. After all, in the private sector,…

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Can Money Make Us Happier? The Truth May Surprise You

Not too long ago, Constantly Curious posted a video that sparked a serious internal conflict. You might even say an all-out brawl between emotion and rationale. I highly recommend giving the video a watch, as it's under five minutes long. However, the basic idea is this: having a ton of money might not make us much happier than we are today. The funny thing is, that seemed obvious to me. It may be a bit of…

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