Tag: Money

Feb 01

Buy Nothing 2018 Experiment – January Update

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  Buy Nothing January Update Well January is over, and my buy nothing experiment is approximately 1 month old. You may remember this started as a buy no clothes for 2018 experiment, but after reflecting upon it I thought it was just too easy. After taking inventory I realized I had enough clothes to last …

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Jan 09

New Experiment: Buy Nothing for 1 Year

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New Experiment I recently decided not to buy clothes for one year. You should probably read that post first to get some context for this one. I was quite proud of myself. No clothes for a whole year. Wow, I’m such a noble and self-sacrificing person. How minimalist is that?   I took an inventory …

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Dec 25

The Effects of Tax Law Reform on Physicians and Other High Income Individuals

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Tax Law and Weekend Call I sit down to write this a day after finishing a week of call. Honestly it wasn’t so bad. I’ve had many which were far more stressful and disruptive to my sleep patterns. But no matter how smooth my call weeks are, there is never a time I would rather …

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Nov 06

The Happy Philosopher Visits the ChooseFI Podcast

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Shortly after I was on the Mad Fientist’s podcast, Brad and Jonathan from the Choose FI podcast reached out to me. You see, they also have a podcast exploring aspects of financial independence, and after listening to me and Brandon chat for a bit, they still had questions. They wanted to dive into some of …

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Oct 30

Adventures In Tipping: FinCon 2017

I just got back from FinCon 2017. FinCon is a massive financial content expo/conference with over 1700 attendees this year. In other words, it is where financial bloggers go hang out every year and have fun/share ideas/network.   I’m tired of writing about depressing things like my back pain or burnout or suicide. I mean …

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Sep 01

Case Study: A Military Doctor Can Retire Early. Should He?

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  Every now and then people email me and ask me for advice. Many of them are physicians who relate to my story and have thoughts of early retirement or some alternative plan other than “work until 65 and either die or golf every day”. I don’t really have time to give a complete and …

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Aug 20

Stacking Functions

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Everything we do has a cost in terms of time, money or energy. This concept of opportunity cost is an important one. The more efficiently we use our resources, the more we have available for other things. In this way efficiency is an important tool we use to increase our freedom.   I loosely define …

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Jun 17

That Time I Didn’t Buy the Shoes

  That Time I didn’t Buy the Shoes   I try to limit the amount of new things that come into my life. Blame it on minimalism, laziness, environmentalism, dementia or maybe a combination. This is a deep seated philosophy that has slowly developed over time, and as usual, it is based on happiness. It …

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Jun 03

Make Your Life Upgrade Proof

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There are two ways of being happy: We may either diminish our wants or augment our means- either will do- the result is the same. But if you are wise, you will do both at the same time; and if you are very wise you will do both in such a way as to augment …

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May 14

The Value of Giving Your Stuff Away

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Give your stuff away After sorting through our physical possessions and identifying the clutter, there is now the challenge of what to do with it. There are many ways to get rid of physical clutter from simply throwing it away to recycling it to selling it. I have done all of these things and they …

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