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While reaching early retirement is my goal, it might not be suitable for everyone.  On the other hand, the goal of reaching financial independence should be the focus of everyone during their working years.  Even though most careers seem to drag on forever, the amount of time that we have available to work and save money is truly finite.  Everyone should have the goal of saving

  The first time I took on debt was the spring when I graduated from high school.  When I was a senior in high school, I was not 100% sure what I wanted to do with my life.  I knew that I would ultimately attend college, but I was not mature enough yet at the age of 18. After talking about it with my parents, we decided that

In February, I attended my first Bogleheads chapter meeting.  It was a long drive.  I drove over 100 miles to the Philadelphia meeting in King of Prussia, Pa.  I have been a follower of the Bogleheads.org forum for many years and have spent countless hours reading the Bogleheads.org forum. The Bogleheads take their name from John C. Bogle who founded Vanguard in 1975.  He

I learned about money from my Grandmother.  I was a precocious kid.  As an only child, I spent a great amount of time with adults.  The adults in my life had the tendency to try to have a dialog with me as if I too were an adult.  Friends from school would come over to my house to play quite often, but I remember spending a great

Yesterday, when I was checking the mail to see what type of junk the postman delivered, I noticed a letter from Sirius XM Radio.  When I opened the letter, it was for my subscription renewal.  I have the Sirius XM All Access Plan.  The total that I owed was $273.  That was for the base price of $239 and $34 for a music royalty fee. Wait, I know what you

INTRODUCTION You cannot manage a household or do much of anything in this world without the input of money. There are so many people who lack the financial means to live and enjoy a high-quality life.  Money is what stands in the way of them acquiring their needs or wants. When there is a problem, various solutions will be thrown up. Welcome to the world of

Can you travel when you have credit card debts? Some individuals will say this is a bad financial move. You should think about saving money instead of planning a vacation. You need to think about the ways to pay off debt. But is it true? Let’s find out. I don’t feel that it’s irresponsible to travel when you have credit card debts. You can travel

“A man who conquers himself is greater than one who conquers a thousand men in battle”. – Buddha As of late, I have come across the topic of locus of control a couple times.  During a strategic planning meeting at work, the Vice President of HR mentioned that we need leaders who have an internal locus of control as part of the committee that will be

They say that a boat owner has two happy days.  The first happy day is when they buy their new boat.  The second happy day is when they sell it.  That is based on the initial elation of having access to many bodies of water that are otherwise not available without a watercraft.  The costs tied to boat ownership, however, eventually erodes that elation over time. I have nothing

Many of my friends know that I truly enjoy living a frugal life, investing, and working toward financial independence.  Most of my friends, however, do not share the same passion for personal finance the way that I do.  They all like what money provides, but they are more focused on other interests. Over the years, people have asked me to set up their work-sponsored 401K.  Others have asked for