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Getting To FI With Google’s Project Fi

Getting To FI With Google’s Project Fi

This article may contain affiliate links. Read our disclaimer. Google loves to try new things constantly (something I can more than get on board with). I love when companies try things for the sake of trying even if it fails. This one is far from a failure. I used to be on a family plan with my parents, in order to save money, but Ms. Blue Ribbon and I were getting sick of the family drama that comes with it….

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Answering Some Random Questions

Answering Some Random Questions

I wanted to let you know that I have a guest post over on My Son’s Father. He has a guest post series to help you get to know the people you are reading. If you like reading my articles then you should definitely check out some of his. He is always writing about what he is passionate about and including aspects of his family. Read More Here

Loyalty is Overrated

Loyalty is Overrated

I wasn’t going to say anything about this Equifax thing since so many others are but something that My Money Wizard said made me want to. The majority of companies don’t care about you or your data. Doesn’t Everyone Secure Their Data? As you may know, I am a software developer and in my seven years of writing jibberish, I’ve seen some things at companies one would call …lax. My first job was at a major insurance company. I worked…

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2017 Q3 Net Worth Update

2017 Q3 Net Worth Update

Oh, how time flies. Seems like just yesterday I was updating you about how our second quarter went. Now September has come to an end and it is time to do a breakdown of the last three months. With that intro sentence out of the way let’s jump into all the sweet sweet financial goodness you are here for! July Boy howdy that’s a lot of numbers. July was a pretty awesome month since we broke 100k in invested assets!…

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Stop Being an Adult and Be a Toddler

Stop Being an Adult and Be a Toddler

I never knew someone could use the word “why” so many times in one day until my son became a toddler… “Car parked on road why?” “Guy running why?” “Dada tired why?” I could go on…why? That is when it hit me, ok a toy hit me but you get the idea, Mini Donut was asking the right questions. Why you ask…exactly! … I’ll elaborate. What your toddler can teach you You have your budget and you have your financial…

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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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Don’t Tell Others How To…

Don’t Tell Others How To…

One of the biggest pet peeves of any parent is having someone tell them how to raise their children…so why do people do it?! Parents should know better! I am bewildered by the nerve of people. The Impressionable Around the time little Mini Donut was 6 months old I was shopping at Target, like you do, in the baby aisle,a parents favorite location, surveying all the gross sounding food combinations I could buy. I was interrupted from my trance by…

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Minnesota State Fair on a Budget

Minnesota State Fair on a Budget

The Minnesota State Fair is one of the most important events in this state. Everyone from across the state come together to see all the wonderful things the fair has to offer. People even visit from other states and countries just to see the spectacles. The state fair has been a tradition of both Ms Blue Ribbon’s and my family since we were kids (her family takes it a little more seriously). When it comes to the state fair the…

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Budget Breakdown

Budget Breakdown

You ask and you shall receive! One of the takeaways from the money map was a breakdown of the budget was warranted. Early Budget Back when it was just me before I started dating Ms Blue Ribbon I was smart enough to at least track my money and have a “budget.” It was pretty light and wasn’t being followed at all but it was something. I kept with that style after we started dating and even after we got married….

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