Financial Independence

Coast FIRE: Front-load Your Retirement

The FIRE community comes up with ways to figure out how to live your best life while having enough money to retire. FIRE stands for Financial Independence Retire Early. The concept of coast fire is attractive to many people.  First, it gives us the ability to...

Money Can't Buy Happiness. Here are 6 Things Money CAN Buy

“Money can’t buy happiness.” It is that cliche saying that many people tell you. Why work so hard for money if it can’t buy you happiness? Truthfully, money alone cannot give you a sense of emotion. It can buy you stuff that can give you instant gratification, but...

It Takes Two to FIRE- The Frugal Expat

Welcome to It Takes Two to FIRE. This interview series has been developed in collaboration with my friend Steve Cummings from The Frugal Expat. We are excited to bring you a series in which we explore real-life stories on how couples work together to reach or have...
A Roadmap to Wealth

A Roadmap to Wealth

People always talk about how building wealth is hard. Personally, I think it is a mindset shift. We see rich people with big time jobs making lots of money. In our heads, we think it is hard to accomplish these things. I hate to break it to you, it is not as hard as...

Those Money Haters are Gonna Hate

Those Money Haters are Gonna Hate

Recently, I created a Facebook post that brought on a ton of heat. It was so much heat that friends reached out to me to say how this was crazy, uncalled for heat, and everything I said was not what other people made it out to be. What I learned was money haters are...

The Power of F-U Money: How it gives you control

The Power of F-U Money: How it gives you control

Let me start off with apologizing about sounding too crass. Yes F-U money literally refers to F-you. Now, in the way I am using it we would like to give it a place in the financial world. F-U money is the money needed to basically say “F-You” to work, or to anything...

Money Lessons Not Taught in School

Money Lessons Not Taught in School

In life, you spend your first 18-20 years in school. You may spend longer in school. The hope is to have a good education, go out into the world, and be able to create income and value within the world. One thing that is missing is a financial education. Schools miss...

HCOL vs LCOL: The Financial Impact Pros & Cons

HCOL vs LCOL: The Financial Impact Pros & Cons

Looking for places to live can be a daunting task. We need to weigh the pros and cons of each place. How do you pick an area? Here are the pros and cons of living in a HCOL vs LCOL area.  HCOL is an acronym for “High Cost Of Living,” and LCOL stands for “Low Cost Of...

The Breakdown of the Frugal Expat Asset Allocation

The Breakdown of the Frugal Expat Asset Allocation

Asset allocation is all about how you break down your assets into different categories. Some people break down their assets into categories such as stocks, bonds, and real estate. I have broken down my portfolio to show you what I own. My Investment Strategy:The...

It is time to build wealth with lazy portfolios.

It is time to build wealth with lazy portfolios.

In this hard working life of mine, I have found that time is valuable. We all want to make time for family, friends, and even fun experiences. The problem is that we also need to invest for our future. Creating portfolios for our future can often be hard, laborsome,...

How Owning Assets is Better than a Job.

How Owning Assets is Better than a Job.

After reading the book Rich Dad Poor Dad, most people come under the conclusion that owning assets is better than having liabilities. That is so true. “The rich people acquire assets. The poor and middle class acquire liabilities that they think are assets.” This is...

Delaying Gratification for the win.

Delaying Gratification for the win.

“Patience is a virtue” my father would always say to me. If you think about it, patience truly is a virtue. Oftentimes, we want things now. That is not the way the world works. Those that want instant gratification often end up on the wrong side of the stick. It is...

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