The bells and whistles.

April 20, 2014

Cars. They serve a simple purpose, to get one from Point A to Point B. While their purpose is pretty straightforward, the bells and whistles that come with them are anything but. From heated seats to cars that parallel park themselves, features don’t come cheap. What’s more, cars are also the most expensive depreciating asset most of us will […]

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The best test out there to tell you if you should buy a home.

April 16, 2014

My hunch is that most first-time homeowners buy their first place with the best of intentions. They imagine spending decades in their future abode, establishing roots, and engaging in their community. But then life happens. They have more kids than they originally thought they wanted (or discover they can’t have any kids), they get a […]

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Time to fess up

April 14, 2014

A few years ago, I decided to make a blog post that mimicked a very popular website, If you aren’t familiar, PostSecret is website in which random people like you, mail in post cards containing deeply personal confessions. My first post like this, “Share your secret”, remains one of my most popular articles. Since it’s […]

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Goodbye $30,000/yr, we won’t miss you.

April 10, 2014

We are about two months away from welcoming Baby Ninja to the family and in case you were wondering, no I do not feel prepared to be a dad. I mean, I frequently forget to bathe and feed myself, how am I expected to take care of another human being? While I may be in […]

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I guess I’ve reached “that” stage in life…

April 8, 2014

One of the primary selling points of our home was the awesome outdoor living space. We have a good sized patio just off our kitchen that overlooks our big lush backyard, flagstone fire pit area, and the Olympic mountains and Puget Sound. Our patio is awesome, but for the last nine months, it’s been naked. […]

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25 going on 60

April 6, 2014

One of my buddies, who works in finance for a major bank, told me he recently attended a small group with a few of his good friends from college. During the small group, one of the members began reflecting on his life. He has a good job. He and his wife bought a house in […]

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Net Worth: April 2014

April 2, 2014

We are in California for a Spring Break baby moon bonanza. We miss San Diego dearly and sometimes we wonder if we made the right choice in moving to Seattle. Who knows, maybe we’ll end up back down here one day…when we are millionaires and can afford it. Haha. I should be back with “non lazy” […]

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