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Make smart choices about your money, time and productivity

Jul 30, 2018

How can a family of four shift from earning two incomes to one, while still pursuing financial independence?

How would a 55-year-old couple with $2 million saved know if they're ready to retire?

Can parents use leftover money in their 529 plan to help their daughter with her college loans?

If you start a job with an...


Jul 23, 2018

"I'll get around to rolling over my 401k ... next week."

"Eventually I'll switch to a cheaper insurance plan."

"I really should move my portfolio into lower-fee funds."

"Yeah, yeah, I know I should create an estate plan. I'll do it later."

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We know how to improve our financial lives. We know what steps we ought to...


Jul 16, 2018

Should you buy a rental property that mandates HOA payments? How do you adjust for cap rate over the years, as the property's rent increases with inflation? Should you buy an $88,500 house that rents for $1,250 a month? And can you dive into detail about how you work with contractors and property managers?

I answer...


Jul 9, 2018

Five years ago, at age 29, Kim E. started her first professional, salaried full-time job, working as a firefighter for the City of Austin, Texas. She received a starting salary of $42,000.

Today, five years later, she has saved:
- one year's salary ($40,000) in an emergency fund
- one year's salary ($42,000) in a...


Jul 7, 2018

There’s a famous quote that’s attributed to Henry Ford. The quote says, “If I had asked people what they wanted, they would have said faster horses.”⠀

There’s no proof that Henry Ford actually said this. But whether or not that quote is historically accurate, the point remains. If Elon Musk had asked...