Category: Daily Life/Lifestyle

So I Bought a New F-150…

So I Bought a New F-150…

I take pride in my frugal habits, especially house hacking (basically living in a 2,300sq ft luxury home for free).  When it came time to buy a car, shouldn’t it have been small and gas-efficient?  After all, a truck is a very non-mustachian vehicle.  To all my mustachian friends, I must simply say that I had different priorities than the money alone.  However, I was honest with myself about the true cost of ownership and had firmly evaluated the decision before pulling the trigger.  In sharing my reasons, I’m not advocating the purchase of a truck.  Instead, I’m trying to paint a clear picture of my approach to this large purchase.  I’ve now owned my truck for a year, and it was definitely the right choice for me.

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How to Become a Millionaire

How to Become a Millionaire

The house, the cars, the corner desk and executive title, fancy vacations, private schools, private yachts, private jets, the glamour, the luxury, it all can become yours if you want it.  But is all that stuff really what you want out of your life?  Or is the thing you want actually the intangible quality that a millionaire has of simply not worrying about money because they have more than they need?  You don’t have to have a million dollars to be a millionaire.

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Increasing Gratitude

Increasing Gratitude

The happiest people are the ones who are the most grateful.  Gratitude increases your physical health, sleep quality, overall mood, self-esteem, mental strength, and ability to cope during difficult times.  Grateful people are more likely to have better relationships.  Anyone can become more grateful (and ultimately happier, which is what we strive for) by developing new habits.

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Hacking My Half-Million Dollar House

Hacking My Half-Million Dollar House

Living in a house has always been my preferred lifestyle choice, and getting paid to live in my house is even better.  When I moved down from Michigan, I had already been researching my area for 8 months.  The houses were extremely expensive, so I intended to get roommates to help with the cost initially and figured a partner could split the cost with me later.  The roommates turned out to be a disaster, and only brought in $1200/month anyway, so I decided a change was needed.  I tried hosting in my house for AirBnB in June, and found that it was far preferable to roommates, so I invested in the necessities to turn it into a solid business.

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Amazon Prime Perks You Might Be Missing Out On

Amazon Prime Perks You Might Be Missing Out On

I have a subscription for Amazon Prime, and I find it extremely valuable for more than just free two day shipping.  I end up saving more than the annual fee just from the extra services, so it’s worth it for me.  You still should always shop around when making purchases, and you can use CamelCamelCamel.com to check the historical price of your Amazon purchases.  If you won’t use any of the other perks, I still recommend just using free standard shipping for Amazon purchases over $25.

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How I Moved Across the Country in an Edge

How I Moved Across the Country in an Edge

I hate cold.  I survived Michigan with at least three layers of clothing at all times and an electric blanket.  A new job opened up in my company down in Florida, and I secured it with a phone interview and a recommendation from my mentor.  The new job was a promotion right up my alley and located somewhere warm, so of course I jumped at the opportunity without hesitation.  I managed to make the move in a Ford Edge.  I’ve since learned that moving across the country in one car is pretty common for the single younger crowd.  The time to make these career moves is while you are young and not yet tied down.

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Buying My Second House

Buying My Second House

My move from Michigan to Florida felt both exciting and terrifying.  I considered renting for a bit, but my preferred lifestyle choice is home ownership.  I had an offer in hand for my house in Michigan.  I had been browsing the listings in my new area for about 8 months and had visited a couple times so I had a good idea of the market.  I had spent the summer wrapping up the rest of my renovations on my house in Michigan, and had some ideas for how I wanted my new house to function.  I started working with a realtor as soon as I got down to Florida.  I gave him my list of requirements, we found a great foreclosure in one of the best areas in the city, and I was able to secure financing and close within two months of moving down.

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My First House

My First House

After graduating college in 2012 and finding my first job, I kept living in my mom and stepdad’s house for about half a year.  I took advantage of the opportunity to save as much money as I could.  I first paid off my remaining debt, including the rest of school costs and a small wardrobe for my new professional career.  Then I focused on setting up my 401k and building a mini nest egg just to get it moving.  After, the house fund was started.  I bought my first house at age 22 in June 2013.

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