Weekend Reads: Week of October 22

Weekend Reads: Week of October 22

Another weekend and another weekend reads! Since I finally broke down and got my own Chase Sapphire Reserve Credit Card this week’s reads are all about Chase card, reward programs and everything else.

As usual, pour yourself a mug of your favorite coffee or tea, find your favorite spot in your house and get ready to enjoy the weekend reads:
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How Many Mistakes Can a Man Make?

How Many Mistakes Can a Man Make?

It has been a few months now since I started thinking about early retirement as a reality. What happened since then is a lot of reading and learning about personal finance, taxes, investing, minimalism and other related things. The more I read and learned the angrier I got. It turns out I had wasted so much money and time over the years on things that didn’t mean much and didn’t bring happiness to our lives. What a waste! Read more about How Many Mistakes Can a Man Make?

Minimalist Fashion in my Future

Minimalist Fashion in my Future

It wasn’t easy but I finally managed to tackle my closet. The weather has been so whacky here lately. When it cooled off for a few days last week I felt inspired to go through my fall & winter wardrobe. I immediately pulled out a lot of things and took them to a local consignment shop where I will earn 40% of what they sell it for. I honestly think I make more money consigning then trying to sell them outright on my own. Read more about Minimalist Fashion in my Future

Net Worth Update: October 5, 20016

Net Worth Update: October 5, 20016

Nothing earth shuttering happened in the savings and investing side of things this month, other than us moving some money from our savings account to Vanguard taxable account (VTSAX), making mortgage payments, and continuing to add $1500 to my 457 retirement account. Since we already maxed out our Roth IRAs for this year we couldn’t add any more. Even though our investments didn’t go up much in value this month our savings carried us to over $500,000 which is a big milestone for us. Read more about Net Worth Update: October 5, 20016

First Look at Our Family’s Expenses: September 2016

First Look at Our Family’s Expenses: September 2016

In order to get serious about retirement planning, having a clear picture of the range of our monthly living expenses is a must. We knew that the only way to determine where the money was going is to actually keep track of all our expenses. Genius, right? It is definitely a necessity if we want to reach financial independence. Even though it sounds simple it will require attention to detail and discipline on our part. Read more about First Look at Our Family’s Expenses: September 2016