The Swift Family Holiday Letter

You wouldn’t expect Bob Swift to send out the typical holiday letter – oh no! Not only does he have fun with it but it’s the Swift family budget…from 1992. Fun aside, the charitable contributions line prompts me to remind you that you can choose to re-direct tax...

She’s on FIRE!

In recent blogs I’ve discussed the FIRE movement (Financial Independence Retire Early) and the potential pitfalls of early retirement. Left unaddressed is how to pull it off – does it take a big income? or monk-like frugality?? Here’s how one 3rd DecadeTM graduate is...

Be careful what you wish for…

I’d estimate that about 30% of the participants in the 3rd DecadeTM program would like to retire early whether that means age 60, 50 or even 40. But, is the dream better than the reality? San Dogan, founder of the website Financial Samurai, retired at 34 and his is a...

Mr. Money Mustache vs. Suze Orman

Financial Independence/Retire Early – how is this possible? Suze Orman says FI/RE “…is the biggest mistake, financially speaking, you will ever, ever make in your lifetime.” Mr. Money Mustache counters “as soon as you stop making excuses for why these ideas can’t...

The #1 family entertainment this Thanksgiving…

So many people have mentioned this 2014 post to me over the intervening years that I wanted to bring it back for this Thanksgiving. Below is a list of 20 questions that, amazingly, have shown to make children more resilient to life’s stresses and to give them a...