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Thursday Hits: What Does it Take to be Wealthy?

Extreme Frugality Fatigue “I don’t know about you, but when I scroll through social media and read popular headlines, I often feel...

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Wednesday Hits: Where in the Real Estate Cycle Are We? Do You Want an Inheritance or a Cruise?

Where in the Real Estate Cycle Are We? “The Case-Shiller index shows national housing prices are increasing at the slowest pace since mid-2012 in February. This suggests the expansion phase is losing steam.”   Do You Want an Inheritance or Do You Want a Cruise “Looking...

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Tuesday Hits: You Are what You Spend, Maximize Career or Adventure?

Budget Alignment: You Are What You Spend “Looking at my list of trends and themes, it came time for a reckoning: Is this who I am? Is this what I value? Did I want a closet full of clothes I got because they were on sale, or did I want an actual emergency fund? Did I care …...

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Monday Hits: Real Estate in Expensive Markets, Learning from Financial Mistakes

How to Get Started in Real Estate in Expensive Cities “You might think that it’s impossible to get started in real estate investing if you live in an expensive coastal city, but that simply isn’t true. There are numerous ways to get your foot in the door.”   The Time for Plan B...

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Friday Hits: Paying off My Cabin, No Longer Trying to Save

Year 2 of My Cabin Payoff Journey “And while we’re not going up as often as we once did, the expenses don’t stop. We dropped $1,900 in January on gravel and road work up at the cabin. That’s in addition to the $3,857.21 we paid towards the mortgage that month.”   Focus...

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Thursday Hits: Retirement or College Fund & Going to Extreme Lengths to Avoid the Baggage Fee

Should You Start a College Fund or Focus On Your Own Retirement? “So if you’re presently confronted with the decision to regularly put money into your children’s college savings account or max out your retirement savings accounts, which one should you prioritize?”   Traveler...

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Wednesday Hits: Lessons for Losing Money on a Home; Easier to Retire at 35?

10 Lessons I Learned Losing Money on My First Home “Losing $10,000 wasn’t exactly what we had in mind for our first home, but to be honest, we were pretty fortunate. The market had tanked during the 3 years that we lived there, and many of our neighbors were in worse situations.”...

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Tuesday Hits: Are You Overlooking REITs?

How I Made $39,000 on Wheel of Fortune “Yes, I am one of those lucky few who have won some extra spending money on a game show.  In my case, that show was Wheel of Fortune.”   Are You Overlooking REITs? Why They Deserve a Spot in Your Portfolio “Despite surging 16%...