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This Journey Has Never Been About the Money

This Journey Has Never Been About the Money

A couple of days ago I was talking with some folks and one person remarked that I seem really preoccupied with money. In fact, when she read my blog (and apparently they read regularly) they noted it was always about how to save more or get out of debt or whatever and it connoted for them the image that I am “obsessed” with money. I admit I probably did the German Shepard stare where I cocked my head to one…

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A Little Financial Perspective Is Sometimes Needed

A Little Financial Perspective Is Sometimes Needed

This past semester has been tough. And I apologize lately if my blog posts have appeared a bit on the whiny side. I sometimes get lost in the moment of the situation and don’t look at the forest and only see the trees. I was rummaging around some old papers today and I found something from February 2013 that provided me a little perspective on where we have gone financially over the past 4 1/2 years or so. Before I…

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Becoming a Finance Instructor

Becoming a Finance Instructor

I have blogging on personal finance issues for over 3 years and actively reading personal finance blogs for well-over 4 years. Writing the blog has certainly helped me keep track of my own personal finances, but one unforeseen outcome has been my love of helping others with their own. Over the past year I have been able to help at least a dozen other people with student loans, investing, and the like. And every time I get to help someone…

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What the ROB’s Are Getting Each Other For Christmas

What the ROB’s Are Getting Each Other For Christmas

Happy Belated Thanksgiving to everyone. If you are reading this this early then somehow you have recovered from your turkey coma. We had a fairly laid back Thanksgiving and spent it would a couple of friends. Mrs. ROB whipped up some of her famous deserts and it was delicious. We spent the rest of the day calling family and watching football.  If I really had my way this year Mrs. ROB and I would’ve been abroad for Christmas, like we…

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Being Thankful This Holiday Season

Being Thankful This Holiday Season

The holiday season is upon us. Normally, I love this time of year. I love everything to do with Christmas and like. I make no bones about the fact that I like to buy gifts for people at Christmas and I am ok with that. This year Mrs. ROB and I are doing gift giving a little differently, something I will expand in a later post. Although I love Christmas and the holiday season something about this year seems a…

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When Is It Time to Leave?

When Is It Time to Leave?

For the record I am NOT leaving my job. I have no plans on leaving my job. Certainly, there are things I don’t like about my job, but who doesn’t have that problem. Besides I kind of have a golden handcuffs situation at my current position. I have been promoted as high as I can go and I make a decent living doing so. If I were to leave it would have to be the right situation. However, what is…

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Getting Rid of the Joy Thief

Getting Rid of the Joy Thief

President Theodore Roosevelt once stated that “comparison is the thief of joy.” Now I know that many other people have cited this quotation before in other blog posts, self-help learning guides, etc, but for whatever reason I had never come across it until a couple of weeks ago. And for the past couple of weeks it has really stuck in my head. I have chronicled on this blog my journey to financial independence, paying off debt, etc. But I think…

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If Your House Was on Fire What 10 Items Do You Save?

If Your House Was on Fire What 10 Items Do You Save?

This post is inspired by a blog post over at a new blog I started reading called “I Dream of FIRE.” About a week or so he wrote a similar post and I thought I would ask my readers a similar question. If your house is burning and you only have time to grab 10 things to save what would they be? Here is my 10 and a rationale. Now I am assuming that my wife is coming with me….

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Rethinking How I Talk About Money?

Rethinking How I Talk About Money?

I apologize if this post is more of a stream of consciousness, but it is something I just have to get out on the screen. I recently had a conversation (actually about an hour) ago with someone about money. The conversation was, in essence, if I would admit that I would have an aneurysm if I adopted a money philosophy similar to friends of ours. I have some friends who live in my home state who I know basically don’t…

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What Gets You Out of Bed In the Morning?

What Gets You Out of Bed In the Morning?

I intend for this to be a fairly short post because I am much more interested in the answer to the question. And I hope you will post in the comments below. I have been thinking a lot about motivation lately. At a certain point what motivates us? What is the point to certain things after a while? Why do we continue to do the things we do even if we have accomplished certain items? For example, I have reached,…

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