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How I Get Everything from Amazon for Free

By Keith Schroeder / March 29, 2017 / 12 Comments

A few years ago Mrs. Accountant and I attended our first Camp Mustache in Seattle. It was my epiphany to the personal finance community. Sure, I had decades of experience under my belt and a history of writing on the subject, but never before did I have such a platform to spread the gospel. It…

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Tax Deductible, Low Cost, High Speed Internet You Can Take Anywhere

By Keith Schroeder / March 24, 2017 / 22 Comments

Internet service in the U.S. can be spotty for people living out in the boondocks, like your favorite accountant. Travelers need to hunt for an open Wi-Fi hotspot to stay in touch. Even worse, internet is frequently bundled with cable, forcing you to buy both or face wildly overpriced stand-alone internet service. They got you…

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Thriving on Minimum Wage

By Keith Schroeder / March 15, 2017 / 17 Comments

Complaints about wages are rampant in the current news. The common wisdom is wages are too low for people to save for retirement or even pay for basic needs. Today I will dispel this common wisdom and prove 1.) Minimum wage, while not very much, is more than enough to live on; 2.) You can…

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What the Wealthy Accountant Owns and Why

By Keith Schroeder / March 13, 2017 / 20 Comments

In my last post I discussed how difficult it is for personal finance bloggers to find fresh material. There are a few areas where fresh material is always available: spending reports, net worth reports, and investment reports. My spending is boringly low so I rarely share those numbers. Net worth reports are fun to watch…

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Stop Working for Money

By Keith Schroeder / March 8, 2017 / 0 Comments

Have you ever wondered why Elon Musk keeps pushing so hard? A hundred million from PayPal wasn’t enough, I guess. Building the greatest all-electric car is not enough for Musk, either. He also wants to fundamentally change the way humans see the world by starting a company called SpaceX. As I write, Musk promised to…

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Here is How You Can Piss Off Donald Trump

By Keith Schroeder / March 3, 2017 / 9 Comments

Disclaimer: This is not a political rant! The time is ripe for this message and Trump happens to be President. It is meant as satire wrapped around a serious message you must follow or suffer the financial consequences. Nothing is more fun than good times. The recent run in the stock market in nothing short…

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Starting a Successful Seasonal Tax Preparation Business

By Keith Schroeder / February 22, 2017 / 11 Comments

Readers of this blog are always looking for a side hustle. Seasonal tax preparation is a perfect fit for many early retirees. A small tax preparation business allows for an earlier retirement as the side income can easily be enough to live on for even a modestly frugal person. Another large reader demographic involves the…

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Leaving a Legacy Without Destroying Your Children

By Keith Schroeder / February 20, 2017 / 12 Comments

Reaching financial independence requires a consistent set of skills and persistence. The habits that allowed you to amass a sizable nest egg don’t die just because you pass some arbitrary border. Education, job, and family life consume all your time in the beginning. After college it is time to earn a living. After finding a…

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