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Thoughts During My Paternity Leave

Thoughts During My Paternity Leave

Heads up! Baby 2 is officially going to be known as Babe (Like Babe the Blue Ox) I thought I would take a minute and talk about my experiences as a stay-at-home-dad for the last 8 weeks. I don’t blame you for zoning out or skipping this altogether but it could come in handy in the future. To start off I do have an advantage over my wife’s maternity leave in that…the kiddo was 13 weeks old when I took…

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The Three Levels Of Goals

The Three Levels Of Goals

I have talked about early retirement and why I want it and what is my motivation. Those things are important but don’t mean much without a plan. Yearly goals keep you motivated during the year but they are a small sliver on the timescale. Let me tell you about my three levels of goals. The Bucket List Shortly after Ms. Blue Ribbon and I got out of debt I started thinking about the long term. We have the house and kids…

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Should We Sell Our Home?

Should We Sell Our Home?

I’ve mentioned from time to time that we have done a lot of the things to speed up FIRE. Get rid of/avoid debt, have a plan to add more to retirement accounts, and trying to be more frugal. There are things we could still do like get a side hustle, get a higher paying job, and sell our house. Problem is I haven’t found a good side hustle I would excel at and be able to fit in during my…

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My FIRE Prowess Score

My FIRE Prowess Score

If you are like many in the personal finance community, you have more spreadsheets than you own shoes. We generally love our data sets and projections. I have one spreadsheet that lets me have all of my mortgage payments recalculate to see how different payment strategies would affect the final payoff date. A lot of us also love to track and make public our net worth. We do this to keep ourselves accountable for what we write and be on…

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Escaping The American Trap

Escaping The American Trap

When Ms Blue Ribbon and I were married we quickly fell into the American Dream Trap. We got our mortgage, new (financed) car, and extra loan (because we could). Everything was just as it was supposed to be. We were even starting to spend more a month than we were taking in. Having a Why That’s when it happened, our turning point. Ms Blue Ribbon and I had a baby, Mini Donut. This was our catalyst. I kept trying to make…

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