I’ve been a busy bee learning about a new “side hustle” called real estate investing. I think calling it a side hustle is a bit of an understatement since it’s an endeavor that requires a decent amount of cash and/or risk, depending on how you approach it.
So in this post I’ll share the latest books I’ve read, the one I’m currently reading, and my impressions (and some nuggets I picked up) on them.
Continue reading “Reading Recap: Real Estate Investing”
Hey fellow geeks! Well, this month was pretty exciting because I tried out a new investment, and it caught fire. Overall, our net worth increased by a whopping $14,000! Check it out:
Continue reading “May 2017 Net Worth Update: $434,824 (+$14,000)”
Buying a car can be a stressful, time-consuming exercise. Have you experienced the kind of stress I’m talking about?
I’m going to share our recent car replacement experience and use it as a springboard for discussing the tenets we follow in this arena, which I believe have helped us be pretty darn successful. If you haven’t checked our net worth posts, you can get those here, or you can see the latest as of today:
Continue reading “How To Win With Cars: a Strategy Guide”
I’m a personal finance blogger on the weekends…but I manage a cybersecurity operations team for a $10B organization as my day job.
Over 90% of cases of successful data theft are related to vulnerabilities which are KNOWN and PATCHABLE. Please take a look through this post to ensure you are protected against the latest major ransomware attack (named “WannaCry”).
Please contact me if you need any assistance.
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What’s up everyone! Glad you stopped by to check out the April 2017 release of my side hustle progress. Let’s get right to it. First I’ll show you the numbers, then we’ll cover the details:
Overall, I went positive two months in a row on my side hustles. Not bad!
Continue reading “Side Hustle Update – April 2017”
Hey fellow geeks, I’m excited to provide a month-end summary of our net worth for April, 2017!
Continue reading “April Net Worth Update”
Recently, I got an unexpected bonus from my 9-5, so my wife and I were discussing what to do with it.
We agreed to take 20% of it and do something fun, then invest the rest. 20% worked out to about $360. We decided to create an experience with these funds, as opposed to buying some object/item/thing.
You may already know that we are debt free and, by the standards of most, shouldn’t really need to worry about how we spend our money anymore.
Continue reading “Experience Life While Saving Money”
I’ve always wanted to help my kids find success in education.
My parents didn’t save a dime for my college education, and not because they didn’t want to.
They couldn’t afford it. They made a series of poor financial decisions, mostly living a larger life than they could afford. We were one of those families that couldn’t pay rent or car payments, but we always had satellite TV. The unfortunate result for me was many years of instability and uncertainty as a kid.
I found out at age 15 that, after asking about options for college, I was on my own.
Continue reading “Why I Don’t Save For My Daughter’s College Education”
Charleston Tea Plantation (SC), October 2013
“Oh my god, I love this. Smell it! …
…Aghh, $12.50?? Maybe next time.”
“Babe, go ahead and get it. It’ll be fine, we’ll figure it out.”
She loves all things tea. It sure smells nice, and she did that flirty giggle thing she does when something truly makes her happy.
“But it’s 12 bucks. Chris, stop, I don’t need it that bad.”
Continue reading “2 Lessons I Learned While Paying Off Debt”
Americans want more house. Bigger, better, flashier. And they are not afraid to move to get it.
I bought our 1460 square-foot, starter home back in 2011 for $107,700. We paid the mortgage off by June of 2014. The home is now worth $131,000 and contributes to 32% of our current (March 2017) net worth.
Continue reading “Why We Chose Not to Move”