Category Archives: Saving and Investing Money

My Death March to Financial Independence

My journey to financial independence hit rock-bottom in 2008: My wife was busy taking care of our 1-year-old baby. I was busy with a job that consumed more than 40 hours per week. We were flipping a home and I was doing much of … Continue reading

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My $17.89 Phone Bill on Ting

I’m obsessed with optimizing my spending. Who wants to waste money? Not me. Optimizing some expenses is so obvious and easy, I just assume everyone else is doing it. That’s definitely the case with mobile phone plans. However, I’m consistently proven wrong. Readers tell … Continue reading

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Munger, Allocation, Sheep and Crazy Uncle Larry

MMM (My Favorite Munger) Let’s start off with some Charlie Munger quotes. The last line of the second one is just great: Another thing I think should be avoided is extremely intense ideology because it cabbages up one’s mind. … When you’re … Continue reading

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Does Money Define You? (A tale of two neighbors)

I greatly enjoy my little secret life. We live on a modest street where no one knows about my Mr. 1500 alter-ego. My neighbors would soil their pants if they knew that we have investments worth north of a million dollars. … Continue reading

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Nothing lasts Forever

He could no longer control his own trembling. It was not, after all, so easy to die. –Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap … Continue reading

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How I’m investing $275,000: CORRECTION

In yesterday’s post, it appears that I was a little too hard on the Contrafund. Dividend Growth Investor pointed out that the chart I used from Yahoo Finance didn’t account for dividend reinvestments. Check out this chart instead. This article from the Wall Street Journal supports what … Continue reading

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What I did with my $275,000 401(k) rollover

So, after 10+ years, I kept my job, but had to leave my employer. That doesn’t make sense, does it? It is a long story that is explained here. I was OK with it. I didn’t like them much and … Continue reading

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Ask the Readers: How would you divvy up One Million Dollars?

Hi there! Mrs. 1500 back after an exhausting few weeks of working on the house. Last time I posted an Ask the Readers question, I asked what YOU wanted to know. I originally started this (mostly) weekly series of questions … Continue reading

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Thursday Anti-Rant: I Passed!!!!

Sorry everyone, I’m just way too happy now to post anything even remotely negative. Instead, allow me to regale you with home improvement tales. Holy cow, I just passed my plumbing inspection and I couldn’t be happier. Besides replacing a … Continue reading

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Sunday Make-Ahead Recipe: Taco Chicken

Hi there, Mrs. 1500 again. Today’s make-ahead recipe is taco chicken. I don’t really know what to call it. I made this up a few years ago, when I didn’t really have inspiration to make anything, and had these ingredients … Continue reading

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