My Latest Financial Freedom Convert

My Latest Financial Freedom Convert

As readers know, this blog seeks to make $0 ever…but today’s post is all about why I do this: seeing peoples’ financial lives change in ways that greatly enhance their overall lives.  Especially if it helps someone live vigorously – seeking financial freedom in order to serve others. And every time it happens, it renews my faith in human potential.  This time was no exception.  I fight to see a world where everyone can live out their purpose and organize their lives…

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Financial update (July 2017) Inching forward

Financial update (July 2017) Inching forward

We once again made some progress, but we ended the month with some excellent news!  More on the news below, but first, here’s how the month turned out. For July, we implemented several changes in the calculations.  For that reason, July may be a little off compared to past months, so our progress may be obscured.  I’m still deciding what to do with a few things that don’t quite fit into the monthly household expense template, like business expenses that…

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Student Loan Conqueror! A Guest Post at Less Debt, More Wine

Student Loan Conqueror! A Guest Post at Less Debt, More Wine

Today Liz, a popular personal finance blogger, published the story of how I repaid $200,000 in student loans.  (You can find more on that here, and more tips for repayment here as well.)  Liz’s blog is called Less Debt, More Wine (great blog title, eh?). In addition, I’ll soon be posting my ultimate guide for student loan repayment, where I’ll share with you all of the things that helped me do this efficiently as well as the tips, tricks, and…

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From Homeless to Hopeful in One Year

From Homeless to Hopeful in One Year

Today, I am proud that my favorite financial independence blog, Mustard Seed Money, is hosting a guest post from yours truly.  Please head on over and check it out!  It’s a story about how someone who became homeless changed her life in a year’s time, all by implementing some simple financial principles.  Hope you enjoy it! Update: The story has generated many interesting comments and discussion, and has been featured in Working Optional’s “Last Week’s Awesome.”     (Thanks, Working Optional!)

Happy Fourth of July! (And Some Gratitude Practice!)

Happy Fourth of July! (And Some Gratitude Practice!)

Happy Fourth of July, everyone!  As always, I am reminded to thank the veterans in my life who fought so hard and given so much to give us this freedom and to maintain it. This Fourth was a poignant reminder of how much some have given up so that the rest of us may enjoy those freedoms.  As I sat enjoying fireworks, a close family member and veteran, and avid outdoorsman, remained inside, because no number of years can take…

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Financial Update (June 2017): Inching Towards Success…

Financial Update (June 2017): Inching Towards Success…

And we’re off! This post may contain affiliate links. Please read the disclosures for more info. Success!  This month, we can begin to see our progress grow steadily.  We’re only a few months into this – and into such measurements – but it’s exciting to see small but measurable results. We’re slowly inching towards progress; the green line is marching ever upwards.  (It represents our passive income potential, or how much we could potentially earn by living on our investments…

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Why this blog aims to make $0…ever.

Why this blog aims to make $0…ever.

Many bloggers jump into this – especially in finances – hoping to make money from it, or a career.  But, surprise, surprise, personal finance readers (like yourselves) tend to be frugal folks who spend little and save more – which is great!  Your humble writer, however, has a different goal, and I want to be transparent about it: …

Living the Simple Life: an Encouraging Visit with a Friend

Living the Simple Life: an Encouraging Visit with a Friend

Living simply is its own reward, but it’s still great to be encouraged about what’s important in life by those around us.  I recently found such encouragement while visiting a longtime friend, a high-profile attorney with a successful career.  But, unlike most attorneys, he lives a simple life, saves, coupons, and is more satisfied than any attorney I know… While the herd went one way, he went another… My friend (We’ll call him “Jim”) and I share a high-achieving, ambitious, and…

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Our first financial update: starting at the beginning

Our first financial update: starting at the beginning

In the spirit of candor, I am presenting our financial goals and our progress towards those goals. My hope is that you will help keep us accountable, and on track.  We’re open to suggestions–indeed, asking for them–as we begin this journey towards greater freedom. Our first and main goal: financial independence Before the details, it’s helpful to state our goals.  First, we would like to become (more or less) financially independent.  We would love to be at a place where…

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