What The Heck Does That Mean: A Beginner’s Guide to Investment Vocabulary

So I recently did a lesson for my mathematical literacy class (my current side gig) on some basic personal finance topics.  I reviewed with them the Pyramid of Investment Risk and thought I’d share it here for any new investors like myself. I’ll admit I had to look up most of the words before I …

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My Week Ending April 27, 2018: Pigeon Forge, Sugar, Root Canal

So here’s what happened this week in My Early Retirement Journey. And in case you missed it, last week was an adventure! Monday – Had quite the pep in my step today. Don’t know if it’s from a less congested GI tract; some good sleep; nice overcast weather (I’m not being sarcastic, the NC heat …

I Finally Got My Hospital Bill: The Cost of A Dual-Port Hysterectomy in 2018 (in pictures)

So I finally got a bill from my surgery. In my mind, I had anticipated paying up to the $1,000 deductible as dictated by my plan. Background: My health plan options, provided by my employer:   What I chose: Choice Plus Standard Plan Rationale: Although the monthly premium was higher, the deductible was lower. Psychologically, …

Am I A Gold Digger? or Is It You That Has Not Seen The Light?

So today at work, one of my co-workers saw a new employee walk by and exclaimed, “He’s really cute!” He was easily 10 years younger than either of us. And at a lower pay-grade. We know this because of our titles. This male employee has been with our company and our team for almost 6 …

How To Stay Motivated Your 1st Month Blogging

So it’s been a rough first month blogging about My Early Retirement Journey on a self-hosted site. I was on Blogger for about a month when I first started blogging as a test run. I wanted to see if this is something I really wanted to do. It is. However, I have had quite a …

Stop the Lies: An Open Letter to the FIRE Community

Possible titles for this post. Personal Finance and Budget Lies: An Expose on the FIRE Community FIRE is not FUN – It’s not for everyone. Personal Finance Lies and Half Truths: A Rant on the FIRE community Savings and budgeting was more fun until it became a requirement Stop Lying: An Open Letter to the …

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My Week Ending April 20, 2018: Blogger, Drunken Noodle, Poop Tea

Hi, there. Welcome back. So this is what happened this week in My Early Retirement Journey. Monday – day job for 9.5 hours. Worked until midnight working on blog. Honestly don’t remember what I was doing. Cursory search on mini-retirement locales. Just an idea I toy around with but haven’t come up with anywhere that …

Tax Day 2018: My 2017 Tax Return

My cousin just bought a house at the latter part of 2017. I was curious how the home ownership tax deductions affected his return. Since the perceived benefit doesn’t seem to match the actual numbers in my cursory searches and applied examples.  He sad it increased it by about 67%. I don’t have actual numbers …

101 Things You Will Encounter Your 1st Week Blogging….about FIRE or Personal Finance

So you followed your favorite blogger’s advice (read: their affiliate’s recommendation) and started your blog in 3 easy steps! Turns out they left out quite a few things. Here’s 101 things you will encounter your first week of blogging about personal finance, FIRE, or your early retirement journey! Spam emails. Parvinder and Sunhil will email …

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My Week Ending April 13, 2018: Savings Rate, Ads, Fried Rice

Another week down in My Early Retirement Journey.  This week ended, thankfully enough, with a little spring in my step. Nice weather brightens my mood. It feels nice to leave the workday when it’s still light out. On with it… Monday – Worked 9.5 hours at my day job. Came home; watched The Mindy Project; …