A little over week ago we drove up to LAX to drop off my ex-wife at the airport. The drive ws surreal a) due to the Covid-19 lockdown situation and b) due to my ex-wife leaving for good. We were together for 27 years, and so this is new territory for all of us. After dropping her off at the airport my son and I went to Dunkin’ Donuts to get some coffee and donuts to sooth our souls.[Read more…] about The new Now
And almost with just the blink of the eye, she is gone. The last few days were extremely stressful, and I kept my composure until the last moment to not have the stress make a difficult situation go bad. My still wife, soon to be ex-wife, is now gone. She left to live with her parents in Germany. Behind we stay – my 15-year old son, our sweet dog Shelby, and myself – now being in charge of this ship.[Read more…] about Ground Zero – She is gone!
Gosh, the timing of this Covid-19 situation is just awful. So, to keep you updated – here is my current situation. Decided to separate and divorce from my wife of 27 years for various reasons. This was at the end of November 2019.[Read more…] about Quarantine Madness – Hello Covid-19
August has come and gone. I am crazy amazed how time is flying. Here is my financial update for last month – with mostly covering one specific financial topic. A lot of stuff is in motion and I am looking forward to the next 2 weeks to complete what we started just a few weeks ago.
The biggest news is that we are taking advantage of the lower interest rates to refinance our house. We moved into this house in April 2017 using a 30-year mortgage to finance a portion of the purchase. We have been making extra payments here and there and made good progress to get this sucker paid off earlier.[Read more…] about August 2019 – Financial Update
Published just a few weeks ago (at the time of this writing), I can say that I really enjoyed reading this book. 2019 has been the year where I spent a lot of time reading FI (Financial Independence) related books and so I discovered “Quit Like A Millionaire” written by Kristy Shen and Bryce Leung. This book is about a young couple reaching financial independence at the young age of 31. The book caught my interest right away, but I had to wait as it was not published yet when I heard about it. Please read my follow-up review here.
I immediately had it pre-ordered via Amazon (please read my disclaimer about Amazon links at the end of this posting) and then indulged in reading the content the moment this book arrived.[Read more…] about Quit Like A Millionaire – Full Review
The fear of running out of money during retirement is a real beast for many Americans. How about yourself? Have you saved enough money for a comfortable retirement? How about your social security benefits? Can you wait until age 67 or maybe even later to claim the highest possible amount? Or are you forced into applying for social security benefits early – having to take a lower payout rate?[Read more…] about Are you afraid of making decisions?