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Life Insurance – Making An Unhappy Future Easier

Very early on in my working life, a colleague and I had a conversation about life insurance. She was totally against the prospect, saying that she would never want to profit from the death of her husband. She had a moral objection to the idea. I see life insurance as a safety net. No amount of money will ever replace a loved one, of course. But to me, that isn’t the purpose of life insurance. The purpose is to enable those left behind to continue to live the standard of life they had while you were alive. Imaging dealing with the most stressful event in life, while also having to … Show Me More!

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August 2017 Spending and New Habits

After our expensive year in 2016, we set ourselves a goal to reduce our spending by 10% in 2017. We want to do this because it has a double effect. Firstly, it frees up more money to invest for our future. Secondly, if we can live on less, then it brings that future much closer. In 2016, we spent $80,000. To generate that using passive income and the 4% rule, we would need $2,000,000 invested! August turned out to have some unexpected expenses. We paid to replace our clothesline, along with our microwave. We also had a medical bill not covered by Medicare. Daily Spending Rate I thought that by … Show Me More!

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Selling on Facebook Garage Sales – A New Experience

Have you ever tried selling your unused clutter? I finally joined the modern age and tried to sell on Facebook. Our house is full of clutter. There, I’ve said it. We’ve been here nearly 20 years, and I obviously have problems throwing things away. Since discovering FIRE, I have taken the first step. I stopped bringing things into the house. I’ve said no to freebies. I place items that I’ve felt obligated to accept, straight into a box to give to charity. Before buying items, I consider how useful they will be. I think carefully how often we would realistically use them. It’s not fun to take a long hard … Show Me More!

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July 2017 Spending and New Habits

After our expensive year in 2016, we set ourselves a goal to reduce our spending by 10% in 2017. We want to do this because it has a double effect. Firstly, it frees up more money to invest for our future. Secondly, if we can live on less, then it brings that future much closer. In 2016, we spent $80,000. To generate that using passive income and the 4% rule, we would need $2,000,000 invested! Honestly, every time I sit down to do this I have a surprise. It’s only been four weeks since my last update, but I clearly had no idea how we were tracking. This has been … Show Me More!

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Acorns Goes Green – Farewell, Exxon, and Thanks for all the Dead Fish

Acorns is offering a $5.00 bonus offer until September 30th, 3017. See the end of this post for more details. They say that the best time to start investing is yesterday (or even better, when you are a wee sproglet, earning your first pocket-money). The second best time is now. Yet, you don’t want to go throwing your money at something you don’t understand. In 2016, we were at the beginning of discovering the world of Financial Independence Retire Early (FIRE). I was reading as many blogs as I could get my eyeballs on. I learned that the best way to reach FIRE was by investing, either in property or … Show Me More!