Raising successful children: advice from the “experts”

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Intro: When I talk about raising successful children according to “experts”, I put “experts” in quotations because I’m always a little suspicious of power and authority (not in the crazy conspiracy theory kind of way, though).  I prefer to cast my lot with the commoners, the proletariat, the powerless and voiceless, etc.  But as much as I am suspicious of authority, I’m even more averse to Continue Reading

Keep it 100 with a low-information diet

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Intro: If you’ve read this blog much in the past, you’ll know that a recurring theme of mine is owning your own life. In other words, prioritizing the things you care about and allocating your time and money accordingly – living intentionally. For me, one of the things that meant was getting rid of a […]

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How to use fewer and healthier chemicals in the home

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Intro: Well, well.  Look what the cat dragged in.  If it isn’t your old pal (nemesis?) FG ROI.  A lot has changed since my last post nearly 6 months ago, but I’m back, at least temporarily (see… I promised to update still from time-to-time). Most importantly, the big change in my life is that, assuming all […]

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The importance of narrative

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Intro: The stories we tell to ourselves and each other matter a lot.  I don’t know where I read it, but I remember coming across research that said humans’ thought processes evolved first and foremost to win arguments rather than to understand the world for exactly how it is.  In that sense, our minds are more political than […]

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Finding a better job

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Intro: Last week I wrote about how much easier it is for people with above-average incomes to retire early.  For people with low-to-average incomes, it takes significantly longer. After optimizing expenses as best as possible, it makes sense to also chase higher incomes, particularly for those that don’t already make a killing as it is. […]

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The dirty little secret about early retirement


Intro: Here’s the dirty little secret you won’t hear too often in the early retirement community: income matters, A LOT.  A typical handling of the income conundrum goes something like this: “Yeah, it can be hard to retire early / save a lot with lower incomes, but it is still possible if you are determined.”  The sad reality […]

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The 6 keys to a healthy life


Intro: This isn’t exactly my area of expertise, but then again, I’ve never claimed to be an expert in personal finance either.  I’m just very interested, learning as I go, and sharing with anyone that might want to listen.  With that in mind, I recently became curious if there was any simple, definitive list of the […]

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