April 5, 2015

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How I’m flying international business class to Europe for (almost) free

One of the biggest costs of traveling is actually getting to your desired destination. An average roundtrip plane ticket to an overseas location in Economy class will cost you anywhere from a few hundred dollars to over $1,000. Is there a cheaper alternative to paying full price for airline tickets every time you want to […]

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January 5, 2015

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A Minimalist Wardrobe for the Well-Dressed Man

About two years ago, I embarked on a journey to improve how I dressed. Like it or not, how you dress plays an important part in how people perceive you and it’s fully within your control. My track record with dressing well was horrible to say the least. Throughout high school, I wore clothes so […]

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November 21, 2014

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Why I Quit Crossfit

Let me first start by saying that this is not a post aimed at bashing Crossfit. I will not be debating whether or not a kipping pull up is better than a dead hang pull up. I will not be discussing whether or not you should be doing power/olympic lifts for high reps. Those discussions […]

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November 11, 2014

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$500K net worth: How minimalism and investing helped me get there

10 years after my savings journey began in 2004, I officially hit the halfway point of my $1 million net worth goal. Along the way, I’ve internalized two concepts that I believe were instrumental in helping me get to this point — minimalism and investing. Minimalism To me, minimalism is the philosophy of owning what […]

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January 20, 2013

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Your retirement date: How Mint can help show you the year you achieve financial independence

In a previous post, I talked about the importance of tracking your net worth. Once you’ve set up automatic contributions into your various accounts (401(k), Roth IRA, taxable investment accounts) and set up a simple net worth spreadsheet, it’s easy to visually see exactly what your net worth is projected to be from year to […]

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April 27, 2012

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Why I Love Intermittent Fasting

Those who know me know that I am constantly experimenting with various facets of my life and seeking ways to improve it. Health-wise, I look for ways to increase performance, energy, and overall well-being. For about a year and a half now, I’ve been reading about and practicing Intermittent Fasting (IF). For those who are […]

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January 20, 2012

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260K saved and officially an Average Accumulator of Wealth

As of today, my first net worth goal has been achieved. $260K saved. The breakout looks like the following: 41% – Taxable Account 37% – Thrift Savings Plan (Government 401k) 22% – Roth IRA According to the Millionaire Next Door, I am officially an Average Accumulator of Wealth. In the book, they give you an […]

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December 4, 2011

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How to effectively track your financial goals

Personal finance is a lot like working out. In order to see results, you need to be consistent. Also, just like physical fitness, it is important to have an idea of where you are and where you want to go. Having a long-term financial goal on a simple spreadsheet can help motivate you and provide […]

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September 5, 2011

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Get more from your travels by DOING

As my trip to Portugal comes to an end, I have had some revelations regarding how I have been traveling. I am disappointed to say that I have not been true to my nature and have resolved to make some changes in order to make my trips more fulfilling. 1. I don’t take any pleasure […]

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August 9, 2011

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Why losing $28K in the stock market doesn’t faze me

“Investors should remember that excitement and expenses are their enemies. And if they insist on trying to time their participation in equities, they should try to be fearful when others are greedy and greedy when others are fearful.” -Warren Buffett This month, my net worth decreased by approximately $28K. There are those who might believe […]

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