Avoiding the Individual Insurance Mandate Penalty in 2018

*The information contained in this post is not meant to be specific for you or your situation and is not meant to be financial advice, as I am not licensed as a financial planner or as an accountant. Before making any decisions, I strongly recommend speaking to someone licensed in this area to consider your … Continue reading Avoiding the Individual Insurance Mandate Penalty in 2018

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Progress to Financial Independence- December 2017

For this month, let's start off with my finances, after all that's probably the reason you clicked on this post in the first place. December resulted in another 1% increase in the S&P 500 which capped off 2017 with a total gain of almost 20%! That's the largest yearly gain since 2013. The bull market … Continue reading Progress to Financial Independence- December 2017

Progress to Financial Independence- November 2017

In November, Whitney and I weren't quite as busy and spent more time focusing on working out, dieting and relaxing. We both had a couple weigh ins we needed to meet for our HealthyWage challenges, and Whitney decided to do a three day fast, both for health benefits and to meet her weigh in goal. … Continue reading Progress to Financial Independence- November 2017

Roth Accounts Are A Scam For Those Seeking FIRE

*The information contained in this post is not meant to be specific for you or your situation and is not meant to be financial advice, as I am not licensed as a financial planner. Before making any decisions, I strongly recommend speaking to someone licensed in this area to consider your unique situation. This will … Continue reading Roth Accounts Are A Scam For Those Seeking FIRE

Progress to Financial Independence- August 2017

Summer is coming to an end and the days are getting shorter. Although the weather this time of year is great (chilly nights/mornings and warm afternoons), I always get a little depressed when it starts getting dark before 8 PM again. We are still on our contract in western NC, and this area is amazing. … Continue reading Progress to Financial Independence- August 2017

Taking The Risk Out Of Your Early Retirement Plan

GUEST BLOG POST BY JOSEPH REINKE, CFA, CEO of FitBUX Today I have a guest blog post for you guys from a finance professional and not someone that just plays one on the internet, like myself. Joe is a very intelligent guy who spoke way over my head in the conversation that we had so I was … Continue reading Taking The Risk Out Of Your Early Retirement Plan

Updating Financial Assumptions and Goals

When I first started this blog and began writing about my progress to financial independence (FI), I put a lot of thought into my goal net worth amount. That goal amount combined with my current savings rate, monthly expenses, and estimated investment returns are what I've been using to track my progress to FI each … Continue reading Updating Financial Assumptions and Goals

Progress to Financial Independence- May 2017

Another month in the books. Whitney and I have been working and traveling a lot lately, so time really flew by this month. Since starting our new jobs I've averaged eight hours of overtime per week through the first eight weeks. This would really be awesome if overtime pay was truly 1.5x our normal hourly … Continue reading Progress to Financial Independence- May 2017

Progress to Financial Independence- March 2017

March was the most lucrative month that I've had financially to this point. A combination of five paychecks this month and receiving my tax refund, equal to an additional paycheck, resulted in a significant improvement in my net worth. I also received $400 in bank account sign up bonuses this month to add some icing … Continue reading Progress to Financial Independence- March 2017

The Importance of Asset Allocation

Disclaimer: I am not a licensed financial advisor, and the information in this article is not meant to be individualized financial advice. Everyone's situation is different, so if you are unsure about what to do with your funds, please seek an advisor that can consider your own individual case and make recommendations to you. When … Continue reading The Importance of Asset Allocation