Should Kids Be Encouraged to Pursue Engineering Degrees?

July 2, 2013

I just read a great post from Joe at Retire by 40 about a letter he got. He’s an engineer (recently retired) and often shares his personal experiences and insights on being an engineer. So, check out his post here first for his thoughts and comments. But this was timely because we have kids and […]

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6 Scientifically Proven Ways to Increase Your Tips as a Server

June 10, 2013

I have to admit, while I’ve had a lot of jobs, I’ve never been a server.  I don’t have the best personality for it (or tolerance).  However, I was fascinated by some actual heavily researched facts and statistics on tipping in America.  I’ve seen a study here and there but most recently, I listened to […]

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Extreme Early Retirement – Mainly a Myth Except for Hippies and Drifters

March 31, 2013

I was reading the other day about extreme early retirement (CNBC) where they profiled a few people who were retiring much younger than what you might consider even “early” retirement at 55 or so. In one case, it’s a 40 year-old retirement target – so sure, that counts as pretty extreme early retirement.  But I’m […]

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How Many Years Should You Work for the Same Company?

March 28, 2013

A few years back, we were talking to a family member about their latest job. They’re a white collar professional (six-figure earner), so we’re not talking about jumping between minimum wage retail jobs which wouldn’t be uncommon. It seemed like every 18-24 months they were with a new company. My wife asked, “Doesn’t it look […]

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Here’s Everything I’ve Done with my Money by NOT Having an Emergency Fund

March 24, 2013

The traditional personal finance advice is that everyone needs an emergency fund, often with absurdly unrealistic amounts of cash (6 month’s salary or more) stashed in a savings account losing money to inflation.  This is a horrible waste of capital in my opinion and while my approach isn’t for everyone, I also want to highlight […]

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Career Stuff: Highest Starting Salary Data, Those “Anonymous Work Surveys” and Career “Moves”

January 30, 2013

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted anything in the career category and had a few random thoughts buzzing around in my head so I thought I’d share. Salary Data – First off, there’s there annual “starting salary by major” report going around.  It’s posted at Forbes, but there’s an annoying slide show to […]

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