Archive for August 2017

Your Financial Thermometer

When Mrs. Accountant and I got married we had a bucket list. Most items on the list are private and irrelevant to the story at hand. The one item on the list I will share is our desire to have foster kids early in our marriage. The goal was to help foster kids at a…

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I Won the Powerball Lottery!

  Mrs. Accountant, the girls and I took a hard turn right as we headed home from the eclipse. Gas low, we stopped at a gas station to fill up when I noticed a massive sign announcing the Powerball lottery was somewhere around a gazillion dollars and change. My frugal nature prevented me from buying…

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Friends All Over the World

I have a confession. I was jealous of Mr. Money Mustache. Well, not exactly of Pete himself, but of something he has been able to do for a long time that has eluded me. Several years ago before I met Pete I read how he periodically traveled the country and rarely paid for a hotel…

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How to Save Money with a Do-It-Yourself Home Energy Audit

Winter seems like a lifetime away. A quick check of the calendar and a shiver will run down your spine as only a few months remain before the heating season begins in the northern latitudes and creeps south. Saving money is my favorite passtime. What other hobby provides so many tax-free financial benefits?  If you…

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Inflection Point

The past week has been an interesting one around the Wealthy Accountant world and all I can think of to explain it is. . . Put up or shut up. The best way to tell this story is to go back to the beginning. Long time readers know I opened shop without knowing I opened…

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Forensic Accounting: The High Paying Part-Time Business

Fifteen years ago a client who has since passed away had a complaint. He explained his uncle had died and the family was having a difficult time finding his money. The family knew his uncle had money, but he hid it everywhere, kept no records and refused to reveal his secrets to anyone. The family…

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The Hidden Tax: Transaction Costs

Living a frugal lifestyle sometimes lends to a false sense of security. We take all the financial precautions to increase our savings rate and invest in broad-based index funds. Before long the net worth starts reaching for the stars and we feel good about ourselves. Now, we decide, might be a good time to get…

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