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What I Wish I Could Have Said on PBS NewsHour

We had the honor of participating in a story on PBS NewsHour with Mr. Money Mustache. Also featured were Mark & Sina Ebersole and Michelle Jackson, all of whom Michael met through his time at the MMM Headquarters. Click to watch our PBS NewsHour segment Over the...

Northwest Road Trip Recap: Colorado, Wyoming, Montana, Washington, and Back!

Last summer, we bought an old RV for $12,000 so we could take a month long road trip to the Pacific Northwest. This summer, we sold that RV for $14,000. I’ll share more details about the RV itself next week, but the trip was a big one for us so we wanted to recap that...

FinCon 2018 Recap, or How Carl Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Busch Beer

I returned home this week from FinCon 2018, the grand finale of my busiest month in recent years. Even though I’m eager to get back to my wonderful everyday family man life, I gave myself permission to take a mental health break for my first day and a half back home....

Midwest Road Trip Recap: Colorado, Missouri, Northern Wisconsin, & the Black Hills

Plus, What I Pack in the Car for Hours of Travel with Two Kids I enjoy reading about other people’s travel stories. You just can’t get the same sense of place reading from a guide book or flipping through the pages of a magazine. Here’s a recap of our travels to the...

Feeling Stuck? Find Purpose in Service.

In this recent article on Get Rich Slowly, J.D. explored the topic of using positive reinforcement to foster smart money habits. He began it with something of a confession: While many of his articles take a few hours to produce, he had drafted the above article...
What Financial Health Means to Me

What Financial Health Means to Me

According to CFSI’s Consumer Financial Health Study, nearly half of American households struggle to keep up with their bills and credit card payments. Most U.S. households are concerned about their financial health and aren’t confident they can meet their long-term...
Our Airbnb Experiment: Part 2

Our Airbnb Experiment: Part 2

This is the follow-up article to Our Airbnb Experiment: Part 1. When we decided to spend 3 months in Ecuador, we wrestled with whether to simply leave our home empty or rent it out. The wasteful inefficiency of leaving a 4-bedroom 4 bathroom 2,900 square foot home...
11 Super-Simple Steps to Financial Independence

11 Super-Simple Steps to Financial Independence

Welcome! We’ll be discussing financial independence around here quite a bit so I thought I’d begin by sharing the super-simple 11 step formula I followed to become financially independent in my early thirties: I lived where I grew up until my job told me where to...

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