College Tuition: A Bubble Ready to Burst?

It's no secret that college is expensive. College tuition rates have risen at unprecedented rates over the past several decades. At the same time, inflation-adjusted salaries for college grads have remained virtually unchanged since 1960. So, is college still worth it? Is there a looming college tuition/attendance bubble? Related: Should You Go to College? The Truth Is, It Depends Like most things here in the US (and in life), the answer is: it's complicated. Rising…

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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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FinCon 18: Money, Friends, and Flamingos

Ahh, what exciting times the past several days have been. Not only did I have the best time attending my very first FinCon; I also had time to see Universal Studios for the first time. To say that it was a good trip would be an understatement. Like many others I've seen, I am pushing this post out kind of hastily for the sake of making it timely. So it may change a bit this week,…

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Guest post at tread lightly, retire early

So, I just wanted to let you all know that I had the honor of writing a post for Tread Lightly, Retire Early! Angela is someone who very much shares my outlook on finances. We are in agreement in the belief that the pursuit of financial independence should not show disregard for the environment. Until we find a way to colonize the moon, this planet is the only place we have, so we should be…

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FinCon 2018 Update!

Hey all. Hope you are having a wonderful Sunday. The first Sunday of Fall, no less! And I can feel the full effects...kind of. It was in the mid-70s today. Because I am originally from Chicago and I'm still somewhat conditioned for the weather there, I just didn't feel like it was "cool" today. I mean sure, it was nearly in the 90s at the beginning of the month, so it's cooler than it was.…

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