Reading Time: 7 Min Expensive aspects can sneak past the “research” flip in your brain. Wherein I share my recent big money mistakes, how to avoid them, and the three best questions to ask when you don’t know where to start. I’ve had an interesting (and expensive) learning experience I thought I’d share.
Reading Time: 3 Min A graphic showing both the official and average retirement age in countries around the world. Sneak Peek: The US compares poorly. You may want to find a different group to use for comparison. I came across an intriguing graphic which compiles both the official retirement ages as supported by
Reading Time: 5 Min Companies in the U.S. spend over $187 billion a year trying to insert their opinions into your buying decisions. How can you protect yourself from their influence? One easy trick. Introducing the perspective of the Negative Purchase. I was playing a game with a few friends the other day.
Reading Time: 6 Min If you think you’re doing all the biggest things you can to build your nest egg, you’re probably wrong. Here’s the system that will prevent you from missing the biggest opportunities. I am asked often what my biggest mistake was on the road to financial independence. It’s a good
Reading Time: 6 Min The CDC reports that 1 in 5 American adults will visit the emergency room each year. Spend five minutes doing research now to save yourself thousands of dollars if you ever have a health emergency. Several years ago, I went on a business trip to a developing country. I
Reading Time: 4 Min How writing a thoughtful offer letter can save you thousands of dollars in your home purchase, plus the letter we used in our own process that saved us $3,000. The Hubs and I closed on our first property! It means an elevator for the world’s stumpiest corgi. It means
Reading Time: 10 Min When I was planning out my retirement, one of the things I was most curious about was what actual spending looked like post-career. I saw a lot of budgets that I knew wouldn’t fit our lifestyle, because we lived in a highly urban, very expensive city whereas many early retirees
Reading Time: 4 Min I’m a big fan of low-hanging fruit when it comes to personal finance. There are myriad opportunities to make hundreds or thousands of dollars when you are an active steward of your money, and most of them don’t actually require much work at all: they simply require knowledge. You just need
Reading Time: 7 Min In college I sat in on a few workshops at the graduate school about negotiation. It was an eye-opening experience to realize that there were tried and true tactics to reaching a fair deal, and I wish that it was taught more widely. We all do so much negotiation regularly.
Reading Time: 6 Min I was at brunch with four of my girlfriends in 2011. We were trading thoughts on the intersection of work, identity, and parenthood. How could we get more meaning out of the work we did? How could we balance the projects we were working on with wanting to having kids,