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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Pregnancy hormones and rennovations don’t mix

April 23, 2014

Our house is 84 years old and comes with all the quirks you would expect (and some you wouldn’t) with an old house. Take for example the fact that we only have one bathroom. This is hard to fathom for folks who are only interested in new construction. Apparently people just didn’t poop as much […]

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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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