Author Archives: Mr. 1500 Days

Performance Update, Day 1641: Falling on the Beerwagon

My main goal was to build an investment and cash portfolio of $1,120,000* in 1500 days**, starting from 1/1/2013 and ending in February of 2017. I made my goal last year and my 1500 Days are over, but in the interest of openness, I’ll … Continue reading

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Ask the Readers: Finding your Tribe

I walk a lot, especially early in the mornings and late at night when it’s not hot. I’ve noticed some danger signs lately in my rapidly gentrifying neighborhood: Cleaning crews: At least 10% of the folks on our street hire a cleaning crew to … Continue reading

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Friday Gratitude: Frugal Travel with Friends (and The Jim Collins Lounge Lizard Tour!)

The best (and most unexpected) part of blogging is all of the great friends that we’ve made from interesting parts of the world. Some are fellow bloggers while others are just nice people I’ve run into at meetups or chatted with … Continue reading

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How I Invest in Real Estate without the Hassle

I love investing in real estate. In the past, I’ve flipped homes and owned rentals. In the most dramatic example of the former, I flipped a fancy lakefront home: My current home is nothing to sneeze at either: However, I haven’t been very successful … Continue reading

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Ask the Readers: Frugality versus Minimalism

I had this conversation with Mrs. 1500 on Saturday: Me: Why do we have a million boxes of cereal? Mrs. 1500: When I see it on sale, I stock up. Me: But we don’t have a huge kitchen. We should … Continue reading

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Being Yourself is Sexy

I started blogging way back on January 1st 2013. I didn’t have any expectations. I just knew that I enjoyed writing and thought that holding myself publicly accountable on my journey to financial independence would be fun. My first big … Continue reading

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The Friendly Russian Lives the American Dream

Ask the Readers takes a holiday break today. I usually post about gratitude on Friday, but I wanted you to see this one in time for the 4th of July holiday. You’ll know why when you read it. Thanks Friendly … Continue reading

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Friday Gratitude with Mustard Seed Money

Today’s dose of gratitude comes from Mustard Seed Money. Mustard Seed is an accountant in his late 30s who hopes to retire at age 40. Take it away! When Gratitude Requires Hindsight Growing up, my parents and grandparents enjoyed recounting … Continue reading

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Ask the Readers: Favorite Places on Earth?

Last Friday, I had a magical experience. I had told the girls on Thursday evening that I’d be taking them to Rocky Mountain National Park. I looked outside on Friday morning and was annoyed by the heavy clouds. The girls … Continue reading

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Friday Gratitude: Bring It

Action may not always bring happiness, but there can is no happiness without action. -Benjamin Disraeli I had always heard that early retirees lead busy lives, but I didn’t believe it. However, it’s totally true. I left my job on … Continue reading

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