Financial independence

Leaving Verizon FIOS and Signing Up for Comcast Xfinity

One of the perks of buying my first home was learning it came wired with Verizon FIOS. Internet at the speed of light? Yep, I was a victim of their marketing ploy, and over the span of two years I'd say my experience was pleasant. There was never a service outage, and the billing, although a little higher than I would have preferred, was consistent, no surprises.

Then my contract ended.

How Much is that Trivial Costing You?

Last Friday I successfully resisted the urge to visit the Dunkin' Donuts in my office building.

I wish I could tell you it's because I've turned a new leaf on healthy eating.

Umm, have you ever had one of their biscuit sandwiches?

Okay, so maybe I am moving further along in my quest to be more financially responsible.

Seriously, their sausage, egg and cheese biscuit is no joke!

Fine fine. Perhaps I resisted the urge because I had enough food in my lunchbox to ward off fast food temptation.

Expensive is not Always Best

Last Monday we touched on the pitfalls with taking the less expensive option. Sometimes you really do get what you pay for, but does that necessarily mean the most expensive option is better?

One of the areas where you're very likely to be financially manhandled is in the area of technology purchases. Take the laptop, for example. How many times have you gone into an electronics store and been blown away by all the elegant specs, many of which make no sense but really sound good!

Cheaper is not Always Better

Financially responsible people understand it is not always necessary to shell out hundreds, or even thousands, of dollars to get your hands on quality products and services. But, is that always true?

19 Things Your Suburban Millionaire Neighbor Won’t Tell You

Have you ever come across an article that really resonated with you? One of those pieces that makes you come back every so often to relive those feelings it inspired?

The other day I found myself rereading Len Penzo's 19 Things Your Suburban Millionaire Neighbor Won’t Tell You. It's an excellent piece if you're genuinely interested in financial independence. Actually, the blog is worth subscribing to if you're interested in financial independence.

Life Lessons From a Funeral Home

I used to post monthly compilations of my favorite financial advice articles. Alas, the site stats showed me no one else was really interested, so rather than bore you with article lists no one will ever read, I've decided to find great articles and share some thoughts on why they stood out for me.

Killing the Stealthy Financial Enemy

How many times has peer pressure motivated your hand to spend money when your heart wasn't really in it? I'm not even talking about the perpetual race to keep up with the Joneses. You know, your friend got the latest tablet; therefore, you should have one too. Rather, I'm speaking of that other breed of peer pressure that is more subtle but every bit as destructive to your financial independence.

An Update on My Experience with Ting

A year ago this month I wrote an article singing the praises of Ting. Lest you think that was a brief scam, I'm publishing my most recent bill here so you can see how much I'm truly saving on cell phone charges and, frankly, how much easier it is to read and understand this bill as compared to traditional carriers.

What's Wrong with Tithing?

Trent over at the Simple Dollar runs a weekly column that responds to reader questions on a variety of financially-related scenarios.
Recently the following question came through:

"My church requires me to tithe 10% of my income each year. I’ve been thinking about this a lot because it is really keeping me from achieving my financial goals.

Best Financial Advice Roundup for February 2015

Here are the articles that grabbed my attention over the past month. Miss anything? Leave me a comment!

16 Reasons Why Whirlpool Tubs Are For Suckers

This time, I’ve got some advice for those of you who may be thinking about putting a jacuzzi-style jetted whirlpool tub in their master
bathroom: Don’t do it.

Trust me, I’m the “proud” owner of one, and the cons far outweigh the pros. Read more.

21 Reasons Why Corner Lots Are For Suckers


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