CARpe diem

May 19, 2014

I don’t know how much gas is where you live, but in Seattle $3.95/gallon seems about normal. Girl Ninja and I spend about $200-$250 a month on gas. Thank goodness for a work vehicle, otherwise that amount would be another $100+ higher. Our insurance runs another $160/month. Carry all these expenses out over a twelve month time frame and […]

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Get out of debt. Buy a house. Party?

May 14, 2014

It took me four years to accumulate $28,000 in student loan debt. It took me two and a half years to pay it off. Then there was this thing Girl Ninja and I wanted to buy called a house. It took us 3 years to save up $100,000 for our down payment, and took about […]

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That lady needed a dollar

May 12, 2014

I was out and about in Seattle yesterday when lunch time came. I decided to treat myself to Dick’s Drive In (the Seattle equivalent of In-N-Out). In true mom-and-pop fashion, Dick’s is a cash only joint. As I was waiting in line to order my standard Deluxe cheeseburger, fry, and strawberry shake, I overheard the old […]

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Are you loopy for loopholes?

May 7, 2014

I got an email from a reader, Emily, asking for my thoughts on a semi-popular way to game “the system”. Check it….  I came across this article the other day. It’s essentially about gaming the mint to rack up frequent flier miles at no cost. Being in a position where I could do something like […]

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How I got a job with the government, and why you can’t.

May 5, 2014

If you didn’t already know, I work for the federal government as an investigator. I like to think my job is pretty cool and apparently a lot of other people do too. I get asked pretty frequently, both here on the blog and in real life, how I managed to snatch up a sweet gig at such a […]

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Net Worth: May 2014

April 30, 2014

What kind of sorcery is this? Seriously, how can it be May already? The upstairs remodel is plugging and chugging along. Got the whole floor gutted over the weekend and the electrician is coming over this afternoon to start running electrical to all the new outlets and recessed lights. Exciting (and expensive) times for us, but […]

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Short term investing is the worst.

April 28, 2014

About two months ago, I took $14,000 out of our savings account and put it in a taxable investment account. To date, it’s probably been my least favorite financial move I’ve ever made. In fact, it’s the worst. It’s also, apparently, the responsible thing to do, but that’s besides the point.   Responsibility is totally overrated. To […]

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