Gone for Chautauqua in Greece!

Hey all, We are going to be away for the next two weeks as we will be speaking at Chautauqua in Greece! Nestled in the base of Mount Olympus near Litochoro, Greece, we are meeting, mingling, and making a new group of lifelong friends! We will be periodically posting updates and pictures on this post, so come back to see what we’re up to. In the meantime, we’ll be delayed in answered comments and e-mails, so don’t be alarmed if you don’t hear from us. We’re busy “Greeking” out and MathingShitUp with our Chautauqua family! Opa! *smashes plate*     […]

Reader Case: Okee from Muskogee

It’s Friday, and you know what means: Reader Case time! Before we start, a few thoughts on today’s letter. In fiction, one of the hardest things to pull off when writing dialogue is voice. Voice is what gives a character a distinct “sound,” if that makes any sense, and when done well can a) make the character instantly recognizable just by how they talk and b) makes you “hear” what the person sounds like in your head as you read it. Just from a writing perspective, today’s letter is a fantastic example of something just dripping with voice. Seriously, read this […]

Reader Case Update: How Do I Stop The Bleeding 2

It’s Friday, so you know what that means: Reader case time! When we started doing Reader Cases a little over 2 years ago, we simply thought it would be a great educational experience to see some real life examples and get feedback from the MR community to help each other out. We had no idea the impact this would have on individual readers, as some of them have written in and updated us on their amazing progress. And recently, we had the biggest shock of our lifetime when read this e-mail detailing the complete 180 degree turn around in this […]

Who Should Contribute to a 529 Plan?

Continuing from my last article about saving for your kids’ college education, I’ve spent quite a bit of time reading, learning, and MATHING SHIT UP on this topic, and what I’ve discovered is that, as usual, while the Canadian college savings plan known as the RESP is relatively straightforward to understand and use, the American college savings plan known as the 529 is not. So today I thought I’d share my thoughts on how best to use a 529 plan to save for your kids’ college expenses. Should I Even Have One? The big question we have to ask for […]

Reader Case: Retiring Early With a Pension

It’s Friday, so you know what that means…another reader case! Hello Wanderer and Firecracker, I’ve always been a fairly frugal person, and my wife a little less so, but we always lived on less than we made and always disliked debt. I first saw the CBC article about you guys and thought, well… good for them. We could probably do that, but… hey, look something new and shiny in the news. I didn’t look further into that. What got me interested was the follow-up article that talked about the rash of comments from the first article. That piqued my interest […]

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