Defining My Dream Job

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I currently work at an agency in the online marketing industry. I have a good job, with people I like, but sometimes it’s a useful exercise to let go of your current reality and explore your dreams. Putting an idea out into the world can sometimes help trigger life changes and inspire something new. While I have some entrepreneurial aspirations, I believe I can be perfectly content working for someone

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Amping up Travel Hacking & Credit Card Churning

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In the past, I’ve dabbled casually in credit card rewards, usually focusing on cards with up-front cash bonuses. In the past few months, I’ve really cranked up my efforts after finding a lot of great information on the MMM forum, and flyertalk. I enjoy researching and deploying strategies for cheap travel & cash back, and it’s insane how much cheap travel and bonus dollars can be had with just a

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My Emergency Fund Now Beats Inflation (Earning 4.35% APR)

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I have a $5,000 cash emergency fund, as well as another $5,000 in cash that represents future spending in various budget categories (household maintenance, car repair, etc.). Nothing bothers me more than cash sitting around losing value due to inflation, so I’ve been experimenting with how to put these cash reserves to work. After a bit of research and setup, I am now earning an average of 4.35% risk free

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Side Hustle Round Up: 2014 Income

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In my last post I mentioned that I probably have too many side hustles. I treat many of my side projects as hobbies, but there’s often the extra benefit of side income as well. Thinking about all I’ve done outside of my full time job this year, I was curious about the numbers, so below is income for my 2014 side gigs (I don’t expect to add much more to

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Start Living the Financially Independent Life Now?

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When I first started writing here, I gave myself the goal of being financially independent and able to retire in 12 years. I was (and continue to be) inspired by what is accomplished by combining a hefty savings rate and an intentionally low cost of living. I’ve worked toward amassing a large nest egg to draw from for the rest of my life. I work a full time job and

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Should I Buy Solar in a Community Solar Array?

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The roof of my house is not an ideal place for a photovoltaic system – I have 3 roof surfaces, one faces east, one faces west, and the other faces south. The south facing roof is covered by tree shade for at least half of the day. I’ve often wondered how solar might be feasible for my house, but I always stop before getting too far into the research, discouraged

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Awesome Podcasts: Updated

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Last October, I highlighted my love of podcasts, and the thousands of free hours of education and entertainment they can add to your life. I also shared some of the podcasts I regularly listen to, but since then the selection of shows I appreciate and listen to regularly has grown, and I wanted to offer up my new favorites: ┬áThe Dr. Drew Podcast – long ago I regularly listened to

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