Millennial Revolution http://www.millennial-revolution.com Stop Working. Start Living. Tue, 25 Jul 2017 20:18:22 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.8 102763271 How to Hack Your Brain for FIRE http://www.millennial-revolution.com/build/hack-brain-fire/ http://www.millennial-revolution.com/build/hack-brain-fire/#comments Mon, 24 Jul 2017 13:00:07 +0000 http://www.millennial-revolution.com/?p=6464

“How do you stick with it?” Whenever I tell friends and family about our children’s novel, the non-profit app, or the blog, one of the questions we get asked the most is how the heck do we stick with these projects? Generally, they have no problem starting projects, but finishing them is the hard part. One friend wanted to lose 30 pounds and joined an expensive gym. Another wanted to start his own online business. A third wanted to publish a novel, like us. The first friend quit after just 2 months. Apparently, lifting weights and running on a treadmill […]

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Let’s Go Exploring! The Terrifying Truth About Mexico City http://www.millennial-revolution.com/freedom/travel-series/lets-go-exploring-terrifying-truth-mexico-city/ http://www.millennial-revolution.com/freedom/travel-series/lets-go-exploring-terrifying-truth-mexico-city/#comments Fri, 21 Jul 2017 13:00:46 +0000 http://www.millennial-revolution.com/?p=6423

  “Why would you go to Mexico City? It’s so scary and dangerous!” We heard these words from friends and family every time we mentioned “Mexico City”. Which is strange because when it comes to homicide rates, Mexico city doesn’t even make it to the top 50—unlike St.Louis, Detroit, and Chicago. And yet, they never bat an eye whenever we mention going to any of those cities. But facts and statistics didn’t matter. Going to Mexico was bad enough, but Mexico City? You might as well just save the Cartel the trouble of kidnapping you and just kill yourself right […]

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Investment Workshop 36: Obamacare Repeal 3 http://www.millennial-revolution.com/invest/workshop-invest/investment-workshop-36-obamacare-repeal-3/ http://www.millennial-revolution.com/invest/workshop-invest/investment-workshop-36-obamacare-repeal-3/#comments Wed, 19 Jul 2017 13:00:02 +0000 http://www.millennial-revolution.com/?p=6416

Hello again and welcome back to the Millennial Revolution Investment Workshop! New readers, please click here to start from the beginning. In what appears to be a never-ending cycle, the Republican effort to repeal and replace Obamacare continues to careen from news story to news story. If you were to try to keep up in the day-to-day negotiations, back-room dealings and press briefings, you’d probably go nuts. Fortunately, you don’t have to since I did it, and JOKES ON THEM, I’m already nuts so no (further) damage done. Why Is This So Important? To recap, if you’re reading from Canada, […]

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Spend Less. Be Happy. http://www.millennial-revolution.com/build/spend-less-happy/ http://www.millennial-revolution.com/build/spend-less-happy/#comments Mon, 17 Jul 2017 13:00:49 +0000 http://www.millennial-revolution.com/?p=6392

Last week, I wrote about a simple rule that helps people get control of their budgets back. Rent More. Own Less. Now as with every rule, it’s not a universal blanket that applies to everyone. Rent doesn’t ALWAYS beat owning. But owning big, expensive shit exposes you to the unexpected costs like maintenance, insurance, repairs, etc. associated with owning that big, expensive shit. And depending on who you are, there are always ways of mitigating those unexpected costs. If you’re Mr. Money Mustache, for example, and can fix a broken window or a burst pipe on your own, or you’re […]

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Reader Case: Can I Afford my Big Goals with a Small Income? http://www.millennial-revolution.com/build/case-study/reader-case-can-afford-big-goals-small-income/ http://www.millennial-revolution.com/build/case-study/reader-case-can-afford-big-goals-small-income/#comments Fri, 14 Jul 2017 13:00:29 +0000 http://www.millennial-revolution.com/?p=6379

One of the things I love about reader cases is finding badass people. Those brave, gritty badasses who refuse to let their circumstances define them and find a way out without whining or wallowing. Yes, empathy is important and yes I agree, sometimes we do need our feelings acknowledged. But really at the end of the day, after you’re done feeling shitty and crying, you still have to pick yourself up and DO something about it. Wallowing accomplishes nothing. And that’s why I love this reader case (note: email has been edited for brevity): “Hi there, I know y’all are […]

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Investment Workshop 35: Did Canada’s Housing Crash Just Start? http://www.millennial-revolution.com/invest/workshop-invest/investment-workshop-35-canadas-housing-crash-just-start-2/ http://www.millennial-revolution.com/invest/workshop-invest/investment-workshop-35-canadas-housing-crash-just-start-2/#comments Wed, 12 Jul 2017 13:00:25 +0000 http://www.millennial-revolution.com/?p=6358

Hello again and welcome back to the Millennial Revolution Investment Workshop! New readers, please click here to start from the beginning. For the last few months, we’ve been traipsing around Mexico and Central America and for the most part stopped paying much attention to what was going on back in Canada. But recently, after coming back to Toronto to visit family post our app launch, we discovered just how much could change in just a few short months. A few months ago, when we flew out to Mexico, this was the headline in the news: March home sales hit record […]

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Rent More. Own Less. http://www.millennial-revolution.com/rent/rent-more-own-less/ http://www.millennial-revolution.com/rent/rent-more-own-less/#comments Mon, 10 Jul 2017 13:00:07 +0000 http://www.millennial-revolution.com/?p=6339

FIRECracker was supposed to write today’s post, as she does every Monday, but since she’d been fiendishly working on her Chautauqua UK talk, coming up in August, I’ll be taking over today’s post completely of my own free will (and NOT because she totally bullied me into it). So without further ado, here goes: Have you ever noticed how certain people just have bad shit happen to them so much more often than other people? Financially, I mean, I’m not talking about health issues or something, but there’s always some people who just can’t seem to catch a lucky break […]

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Let’s Go Exploring! Siem Reap & Sihanoukville: Cheap and Chillaxing http://www.millennial-revolution.com/freedom/travel-series/lets-go-exploring-siem-reap-sihanoukville-cheap-chillaxing/ http://www.millennial-revolution.com/freedom/travel-series/lets-go-exploring-siem-reap-sihanoukville-cheap-chillaxing/#comments Fri, 07 Jul 2017 13:00:49 +0000 http://www.millennial-revolution.com/?p=6272

After the depressing story from my last travel post, I’ve decided to lighten things up by telling you about our trip to Siem Reap and Sihanoukville (or “Snookieville” as the cool kids like to call it). Before we went to Siem Reap, I knew very little about it, other than my friend urging me to go, saying that Ankor Wat is “the temple to top all temples” and “I will throttle you if you don’t go!” So of course, out of sheer curiosity and self-preservation, we went. And let me tell you, if I thought Thailand and Vietnam had good […]

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Investment Workshop 34: Paying Your Student Debt With Your 401(k) http://www.millennial-revolution.com/invest/workshop-invest/investment-workshop-34-paying-student-debt-401k/ http://www.millennial-revolution.com/invest/workshop-invest/investment-workshop-34-paying-student-debt-401k/#comments Wed, 05 Jul 2017 13:00:09 +0000 http://www.millennial-revolution.com/?p=6251

Hello again and welcome back to the Millennial Revolution Investment Workshop! New readers, please click here to start from the beginning. Every time an American reader writes into us with a Reader Case, our eyes bug out a little bit. Specifically, we bug out at your student debt numbers. Americans, your student debt issues are INSANE. Here in Canada, FIRECracker and I studied Computer Engineering at the University of Waterloo, which has a co-op program, so we paid our own way through University and we graduated with zero debt.  But even if we didn’t, our total tuition for our 5 […]

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Here’s To You http://www.millennial-revolution.com/build/heres-to-you/ http://www.millennial-revolution.com/build/heres-to-you/#comments Mon, 03 Jul 2017 13:00:56 +0000 http://www.millennial-revolution.com/?p=6240

I’m gonna keep today’s article short because, let’s be honest here, you should be out BBQ-ing or watching fireworks or whatever this long weekend instead of sitting here reading a blog. But I just wanted to share with you an email we just got that kind of encapsulates why we write this silly little blog 3 times a week. So, I swear that I won’t keep pestering you all, but I had to write in to thank you again. Your analysis and your blog really inspired me. Anyway, long story short – I resigned from my job and took a […]

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