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The Approach of Buy Nothing Day and the Reasonable Way to Buy Gifts

By Keith Schroeder / November 15, 2017 / 29 Comments

Once I reached the age of majority I discovered something I learned to really hate. Money was tight in those days. I didn’t have a reservoir to draw from for basic expenses. Buying my first home required the purchase of my first furniture. There were always extra expenses to waste money on. It also seemed…

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Camp Accountant

By Keith Schroeder / November 10, 2017 / 15 Comments

Over the last few weeks and months I’ve added secret messages in plain view on this blog. The easiest cipher (I thought) was on the Where Am I page. Over the last few months nobody said a word. When I finally added the easier cipher on the Where Am I page only one person contacted…

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Reading Vacation

By Keith Schroeder / November 8, 2017 / 11 Comments

Remember awhile back when I said I was taking November off? It’s not going well. My first day back from a conference and people were lined up for my attention. And, of course, everything’s a crisis. Do people think I’m a machine without a need for rest? My intentions were never to completely bow out…

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The Happiest Place on Earth

By Keith Schroeder / November 3, 2017 / 8 Comments

The Gallup World Poll publishes a report on their findings involving the happiest people on Earth every year. This year National Geographic magazine has an article in their November issue discussing the results, written by Dan Buettner, author of Blue Zones of Happiness. Certain nations top the list every year. Costa Rica, Denmark and Singapore…

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Tradelines, Part 2: Helping the People You Care About

By Keith Schroeder / November 1, 2017 / 9 Comments

Recently I discussed selling tradelines as a way to generate extra income. If you are unfamiliar with tradelines, read my prior article first. Today I want to expand on the idea of using your tradelines to improve the financial position of the people you care about. Selling tradelines is an easy way to earn money,…

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FinCon 17 Recap: Thou Art Human

By Keith Schroeder / October 30, 2017 / 24 Comments

When a Roman general returned from a foreign campaign the people of Rome would line the streets and cheer. The enthusiastic crowd was surreal, so surreal the general risked thinking he were a god. And the emperor did not approve of a general usurping his ground. A wise general would take steps to prevent ego…

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A Life of Failure

By Keith Schroeder / October 27, 2017 / 4 Comments

I’m such a loser. My whole life has been one failure after another and I’m sick of it. How many times have you felt this way? More than once, I bet. Life, no matter how fortunate, throws periodic curves. This is not a character flaw; it’s life. Hard times define you more than success. Success…

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When Maximizing Gains are a Stupid Idea

By Keith Schroeder / October 25, 2017 / 7 Comments

There are times thinking like an accountant determines how much of your hard-earned money you get to keep and how well your investments perform. Money isn’t the only thing accountants think about either. Time is more important than money by a long shot and plays into the equation every time. This past week my oldest…

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