Monthly Archives: March 2012

Social Security

So here’s a fun problem to have. In order to collect social security retirement benefits, you need 40 “credits”. You can earn up to 4 credits per year in any year where your earned income is at least $4,520. Which means you have to have 10 years of earned income to collect social security payments. […]

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Impressionable me has allowed myself to be talked into moving into the house I’m currently fixing up. When I was in the process of buying it just a few months ago the plan was to rent it out for a year, and then move into it, using the intermediate time to setup another couple of […]

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A Low Point (part 2 of 2)

He told me he wanted to stop. And I told him he had my support. He started meeting with a counselor at school. And our confrontational conversation was a big relief for him. For about six weeks he appeared to be doing much better. He was staying at home a lot more, keeping a regular […]

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A Low Point (part 1 of 2)

From my self-selected posts over the years one might think I’ve lived a charmed life. And while there’s no doubt that I have been very fortunate, part of thinking of yourself as lucky is a matter of how you view things. Lest people begin to think I am the luckiest guy in the world, I […]

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The Cost Of FI

It’s a tremendous luxury to have the option not to work. Absolutely worth the past decade or so of forgoing the typical consumer trappings of new cars, boats, motorcycles, high-end apartments, $5 coffees, pricey monthly cable/phone packages and luxury travel that my co-workers always seemed to have and would try to coax/pressure me into buying. […]

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