Category: Useful Tips

How I Purchased My First Real Estate Investment Property

I decided to invest in real estate because my wife and I were discussing how to fund our first baby’s college. She was only a few months old when we started a 529 Plan. However, I felt uncomfortable with that because it seems to me that the stock market is like a casino and values …

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Why Are Many Rich People So Thrifty?

Why are Bill and Warren so happy? Because Warren brought his BOGO coupon so they could get a free lunch at McD’s! Billionaire’s Bill Gates and Warren Buffett were on a trip together when they decided to stop and have lunch together at McDonald’s. Before they got to the counter, Buffett reached into his pocket …

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The Importance of Having Life Insurance

Note: this is from a post Charlie wrote a couple of years ago that has been updated and revised with new information. This past weekend our neighborhood had a pretty big tragedy. One of our neighbors was in an accident, and was killed, leaving behind a young wife and two small children (1 and 3 …

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Life Off the Grid: Living Simply in a 14×14 Home

A few years ago when the tiny house movement was heating up, we connected with LaMar Alexander, an off-the-grid, tiny-home dweller to share about his lifestyle and experiences. We thought it would be fun to connect with him again and see how things have been going. He has over 84,000 YouTube subscribers now, sells architectural plans …

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Should Life Insurance Be Mandatory?

Let me first start by saying that I come from a viewpoint that we probably ought to legislate (control?) behavior less in our society. Less rules about how folks ought to live their lives, the better. I believe we should own and be responsible for our actions and choices. That said, there are some things I realize that are …

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How to Get a Referral Bonus Before Joining a Company

This past September I left working as a contractor for a local small business after 5.5 years. It was a hard decision to leave such a great company and a CEO that valued people. There were a lot of financial and non-financial decisions in choosing to change jobs. Here are a list of things that played …

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RingPlus Customers: Here’s an Alternative

Our friends at Tello recently alerted us that a competitor of theirs – RingPlus (another MVNO) – may be losing their service license with Sprint as soon as February 11. RingPlus has filed suit against Sprint due to disagreements it has with the provider. Due to this conflict, customers may lose their service within a …

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How to Quickly See if Your Cheap Logo is a Copy

A few months ago a friend of mine came to me with a request to design a logo for a real estate company that he was starting. At first, he showed me a design he had created through an online logo creation service. If he liked it, all he had to pay was $40 and it …

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Should I Donate Money at Checkout?

Yesterday I was at the repair shop after one of our cars had a large bolt stuck in one of the tires, causing a slow leak. When we came to pick-up the vehicle, I was given the total due and then asked if we wished to “round-up” for a local charity. This was one of the …

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10 Ways to Save Money on Your Electric Bill

Two weeks ago my sister and brother-in-law moved into an apartment, and were concerned about the cost of rent and the electricity bills. When they called the electric company they quoted them $150/month, but after they signed the lease the landlord said it was closer to $185. With their already constrained budget this makes it …

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