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Reader Case: We have an Infant and are House Horny. Help!

Guess what? Today, we’re going to do a reader case because the title caught my eye, and it was simply too tempting to pass up. I saw this: “we had our first baby 8 months ago and now we’re house horny…help!” while breastfeeding my son and scrolling through my phone (story of my life these days) and just had to read the rest of the e-mail. I mean, how you could not? It’s basically entrapment. So, without further ado, let’s get to it! Hi Kristy and Bryce, Hope you’re well today in the life of being new parents and a […]

Our 2023 Portfolio

What a year 2023 has been! We started the year off with every economist out there predicting a terrible, horrible, no-good recession hitting the US as a result of all the interest rate hikes the Central Banks were doing. And then we got the Silicon Valley Bank collapse, followed by Signature Bank, followed by First Republic. The total value of assets that were lost in these mid-level bank failures was actually higher than the Lehman Brothers collapse that kicked off the Great Financial Crisis of 2008. And then, oh yeah, war broke out in Israel in October. Super. That’s all […]

Our 2023 Expenses

How much does it cost to raise a child? According to the USDA, it costs on average $310,000 USD (adjusted for inflation) to raise a child from birth to the age of 17. That’s $18,235 per year or an extra $1520/month to procreate. No wonder birth rates are plummeting. If you choose to have a mini-me, you can bet that you’ll lose not only your sleep and sanity, but a big chunk of your net worth too. So your Poopy McPooperPants better be adorable as hell or he’s out the door! Luckily our Little Matchstick has now progressed beyond the […]

Reflections from 10 Years of Financial Independence

Note: The winner of the book giveaway from last week will be announced at the end of this post Happy New Year! Hope you are all warm and comfy in your homes and celebrating with your families and friends. Guess what? 2024 is the 10-year anniversary of Financial Independence for us! It also means that from this point on, we’ll have been retired for longer than we’ve worked! Whoa. Mind blowing. So, I thought it would be fun to reflect on the last decade and tell you about the 10 things we learned after our permanent exit from our 9 […]

Your Journey to Financial Freedom Book Review

I met Jamila, founder of Journey to Launch at FinCon back in 2018. Back then, I was impressed that she was able to start her own business –the Journey to Launch podcast, which has had more than 3 million downloads to date— while raising 3 kids. Now that I have a 3-month-old, I’m even more in awe of her. I barely even have time to go the bathroom these days, never mind starting a whole business from scratch. So, I was beyond excited to hear that Jamila had written a book called “Your Journey to Financial Freedom” that came out […]

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