January, 2018 Archive

★ How to Celebrate Paying Off Your Mortgage Early

My family recently paid off the $195,000 mortgage on our home and we were asking ourselves this very question. We thought about painting...

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★ You can retire early without adopting Mr. Money Mustache’s extreme frugality

Follow the solid underlying principles espoused by the FIRE community but without the same intensity. Steve A.Steve handles the operational side of Rockstar by keeping the systems running smoothly, social media accounts active and curation buttery smooth. He also answers to the name...

Other, Something To Think About

★ Happiness Is An Attitude

For many years when my husband and I were first together I would ask him ‘When are things going to get better?’ We were dealing with the usual stressors that couples face: not enough time, not enough money, and the inevitable random events such as family conflict, deaths of loved ones,...

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Rockstar Rumble, Round 1, Posts 57-64

Here are the latest games in the first round of the 2018 Rockstar Rumble. We’ve listed each “game” (one post versus another) along with wording provided by the author when the post was submitted. Also listed is a keyword after each post title to make it easy to vote. Be sure to...

Building Wealth, Investing, Making Money

★ Lump Sum or Dollar Cost Average Investing?

Investing all the lump sum immediately is often more optimal that spreading the payments over a period of time. This completely changed the way I thought about drip-feeding my money into the market and I now invest all in one go. Steve A.Steve handles the operational side of Rockstar by keeping the...

Money Challenges, Rich Habits, Saving Money

★ How To Spend Your Money: A Thought Exercise on Happiness

If this were the best recipe I knew for happiness, and I was striving for happiness myself, shouldn’t I be fostering the same things in my life and ignoring all the rest? How good was I at prioritizing the elements in this recipe when it came to myself? Steve A.Steve handles the operational side...

★ Adding 20 minutes to your commute is like getting a 19% pay cut

Researchers from the University of the West of England found that a 20 minute increase in round-trip commute time has the same effect on job satisfaction as a 19% reduction in income. Steve A.Steve handles the operational side of Rockstar by keeping the systems running smoothly, social media...

Rumble

Rockstar Rumble, Round 1, Posts 49-56

Here are the latest games in the first round of the 2018 Rockstar Rumble. We’ve listed each “game” (one post versus another) along with wording provided by the author when the post was submitted. Also listed is a keyword after each post title to make it easy to vote. Be sure to...

★ The FIRE Movement Was Inevitable

The world needs clear answers and a way to cut through all the financial BS to get what it really wants — financial freedom. Thus, change gave rise to the FIRE movement — bloggers telling their stories about how they reached financial independence. Some of them retired early. Others kept...

Other, Something To Think About

★ Don’t Renovate. Appreciate!

Recently I posted a picture of myself in my kitchen, and I immediately started receiving generous messages from people wanting to help me ‘update’ it. Along with their messages came pictures of how my kitchen could look, if I’d just put some effort and money into it. Steve A.Steve handles the...