Monthly Archives: January 2017

Ode to a Tree

This is our tree. It is big. Notice the two-story homes around it? It seriously dwarfs the neighborhood. I love this tree. I believe it is some sort of spruce. It has adorably droopy needles and makes a great alcove for … Continue reading

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The Church of FI – Jimmy Carter is a Badass!

UNLEASH YOURSELF Even if you don’t call yourself an artist, you have the potential to be a dynamic creator who is always hatching new plans, coming up with fresh ideas, and shifting your approach to everything you do as you … Continue reading

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Kid’s Ledger – Power of Suggestion

Positive feedback is known to have a direct correlation to self-worth just as power of suggestion can be used to drive results. Children can teach us a lot about the power of suggestion and since I am a personal financial … Continue reading

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The Cost of Raising a Child in the U.S $233,610 – Poppycock!

Side note: We almost named Little Miss TJL “Poppy”. The esteemed U.S. Department of Agriculture released its latest report on the cost to raise a child and I cry foul! First of all, even if this figure is accurate, it … Continue reading

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The Big Scratch – Indulgence and January 2017 Net Worth Report

Despite being rather indulgent with luxurious vacations and collectible cars, we finished the year strong with a net worth increase of $208,884! How was this possible with an income of $151,000 ? Let’s break it down:  

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The Ledger – December 2016 and Year-end Expense Reports

In 2016, we buckled down for a full year of reduced spending in the TJL household. Weekly, I diligently recorded every expense, every cash advance, every spendy child-related activity. The final tally…. A very respectable $43,208 !

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