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The Best Books I’ve Read This Year (So Far)
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The Best Books I’ve Read This Year (So Far)

I’ve read several outstanding educational books this year about financial independence, and if I saved this post for December then it’d be four times as long. I’ll write this one now and follow up with another post later this year. As many of you know, I read a lot. No, seriously, A. Lot. I go through over a ...

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Camp Mustache 4 Encore (And A Free Book!)
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Camp Mustache 4 Encore (And A Free Book!)

    We spent another Memorial Day weekend at the Rainbow Lodge in the bustling megalopolis of North Bend, WA. (Snarkasm! It's a lovely little town.) This was my second Camp Mustache, and they just keep getting better. Unlike last year's chilly rainy mosh pit, this year's Seattle-area weather was ...

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The 5 Best Personal Finance Books I’ve Read All Year
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The 5 Best Personal Finance Books I’ve Read All Year

I’m a voracious reader. I was that six-year-old kid you saw staggering out of the public library with a two-foot stack of books, and 50 years later I’m still doing it. Over the first 45 years of my life, I accumulated over 3000 paperbacks, which made me a fun guy to be around during military household goods moves. ...

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Book Review: “Smarter Faster Better” by Charles Duhigg
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Book Review: “Smarter Faster Better” by Charles Duhigg

I've been home from travel for almost four months, and I'm finally catching up on my reading. I still have a pile of books that I picked up from FinCon15 (six months ago!), and I'm steadily working my way through them. I'll probably finish just before FinCon16. But then (shameless name dropping) Charles Duhigg ...

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Book Review: “Work Rules!” By Googler Laszlo Bock
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Book Review: “Work Rules!” By Googler Laszlo Bock

When you're starting your bridge career after the military, "Work Rules!" can help you ask a few questions during your interviews. You'll be encouraged if the interviewer notes that their company is considering the book's ideas. You'll be disappointed if the interviewer has never heard of the book, and you'll use ...

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Book Review:  Energize Your Retirement (!)
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Book Review: Energize Your Retirement (!)

One of the tropes of financial independence is the perpetual question about leaving the workforce: "But... but... but what will I do all day?!?" It's by far the most popular question. Oddly enough, it answers itself. When you're saving and investing, you're worried about decades of inflation and rising ...

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Book Review: #MoneyChat THE BOOK
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Book Review: #MoneyChat THE BOOK

Yep, that's the title: with hashtag. Have you ever noticed how you and your friends talk about money? Some people will perpetually complain about not having enough, or needing to borrow more, or avoiding bill collectors. They're stressed out about their financial problems and worried about their debt. Click ...

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Book Review: Rich As A King
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Book Review: Rich As A King

Humor me on this post. I'll make it relevant to financial independence in a few paragraphs. [Sidebar:  If you read this post all the way to the bottom, then you'll see a fundraising link for cool swag to crowdsource the Hawaii Chess Academy.  That link (not affiliated with The-Military-Guide.com) will also give you ...

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Book Review: Gold Diggers And Deadbeat Dads
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Book Review: Gold Diggers And Deadbeat Dads

I read a lot of personal finance books. They'll talk about financial independence and budgets and saving and investing, of course. Some of them start with getting out of debt while others help you create your retirement plan. The vast majority focus on the dollars and the investment math. You would think that the ...

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Survey Results For “The Retiree Next Door”
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Survey Results For “The Retiree Next Door”

Today is the first day of FinCon14, and it's also the launch of a free eBook on successful retirees! Click here for your free copy! "The Retiree Next Door" is based on a survey of over 500 financially independent people who volunteered their advice. (Disclosure: I'm one of them.) You're going to learn good ...

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Book Review: “When She Makes More”
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Book Review: “When She Makes More”

I'm financially independent, but I'm blissfully ignorant of popular culture. (Maybe those two facts are related?) I had never heard of Farnoosh Torabi. I first noticed her work a few years ago when she interviewed blogger buddy Darrow Kirkpatrick for Yahoo! Finance about his early retirement. (Yeah, I know now that ...

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Book review: paperback version of “The Power of Habit”
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Book review: paperback version of “The Power of Habit”

(Ohana Nords just returned from our three-week Bangkok vacation. I have several "lifestyles in retirement" posts to write about our experiences, but I also have a backlog of other material about new books and investing. I'll post about all of those subjects, but Bangkok reporting will have to wait a few weeks.) How's ...

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