2017 – Third Quarter Financial Review


Here we are again.  Nine months into 2017 and we’re pushing hard to close out the last quarter strong.  With the exception of the recent hurricane Irma paying a visit to our backyard and a moment of weakness here and there, our expenses have more or less stayed intact. Somehow I wish I could say it has been a struggle,…

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An Unplanned Vacation Caused By The Bitch Irma.


“Don’t die” she blurted with a hint of sarcasm, as I walked to my car at 5:30 am, the first tints of orange glazing the sky. Waitaminute!  I thought the standard farewell from customer service was have a nice day; have a good one; see ya; or a simple thank you, come again. But don’t die?  That was a new…

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How A Bad Hair Day Made Me Grow A Pair


When I think about my wife, I think of her unequivocal love, her endless patience, her sarcastic sense of humor and that smile of guilt after my ears perk up to catch a squeak from her butt cheeks, then inhale a whiff of gas that is akin to a bouquet of flowers.  Well, not really, but I should be nice…

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Should I Spend $3000 on a Bucket List Dream? You Betcha!


Do you ever feel like jumping on the FI bandwagon makes for a miserable existence? Sometimes it freakin sucks balls.  Ugh. In the grumpy fund household, we save as much as we can.  We make sacrifices to beef up our accounts to finally say, I will not do another annual personal assessment or attend another boring meeting or sit through…

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2017 Mid Year “Glance” Of Our Spending


Outlook Meeting Request – Mid Year Review Discussion Ugh….it’s that time of the year again.   I’m sure many of you dread the annual personal reviews, where you write down all you did for the year and walk your manager through your many accomplishments.  Some like me, have a performance review every six months.  Am I on track, what can…

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As A Gen X’er, We Ate Out At Least Seven Times A Week


Look, I get it.  You’re fresh out of school, navigating through your first job, surrounded by the many attractive colleagues in the workplace.  Who wants to be the weirdo, sitting by himself in the break room, chowing down on a lean cuisine glued to his iPhone? Certainly not me when I was that age. When you’re young and beautiful, dressed…

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How much is that job offer worth?


Sometimes you just get lucky.  Lucky enough to get multiple picks in the first round of the draft.  Fortunate to have not one but two competing offers for the collectible 1965 Mustang on the table to salivate over.   Accidentally rubbing a lamp with your butt causing a genie to appear and grant you three wishes.   Don’t you feel…

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Where does your budget stack up against the rest of the country?


Everywhere you look, we’re surrounded by statistics, polls, tests, tournaments and/or assessments, all with the sole intention of letting us know where you and I stand in relation to everyone else.   You experience it in school, read up about it in sports and forced ranked at work during your annual review, it’s plain human nature. This however, is not a contest, at…

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