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Book review: “Lean Body, Fat Wallet”
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Book review: “Lean Body, Fat Wallet”

Lose weight and keep it off. Save money and keep your wealth. How hard could those be?!? Each concept seems so simple, but millions of people struggle with their weight and their net worth. Even if we manage to lose 10 pounds or save $1000, our efforts are wiped out by the same old symptoms that caused the ...

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Book Review: “Give and Take”
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Book Review: “Give and Take”

Ever since I retired and stopped working with a lot of people, I've had the time to read and learn how to be much better at working with a lot of people. I wish I'd read Adam Grant's "Give and Take" before the Navy unleashed me upon my unsuspecting shipmates. It's fantastic leadership training for anyone who works ...

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Book Review: “Soldier of Finance” By Jeff Rose
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Book Review: “Soldier of Finance” By Jeff Rose

I've been blogging for "only" three years, and back in 2010, Jeff Rose was already several years into it. Yet even while he was building his blog and his financial-planning business (and raising a family and helping his spouse with her own blogger business), he was working on a book project. It's been a pleasure to ...

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Book Review: “Rent vs. Own”
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Book Review: “Rent vs. Own”

When you're striving for financial independence, does it really make sense to rent instead of owning your own home? One of the hidden costs of serving your country is relocating all over the world. The moving process is hard enough: my spouse and I have 19 duty stations between us, and we spent more of our careers ...

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Book review: “The Longevity Project”
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Book review: “The Longevity Project”

"Come on, you , do you want to live forever?!?" -- Marine Corps First Sergeant Daly, Belleau Wood (slightly edited for a family-friendly blog) One of the challenges of financial independence is "longevity risk", where you ensure that your assets will last as long as you do. Unfortunately when we stop working for a ...

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I Tried 23andMe Genetic Testing & Here’s My Review
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I Tried 23andMe Genetic Testing & Here’s My Review

Very long post today (3000 words) but you have the time to read it-- and it's worth reading. Especially if you're interested in genetic testing. Here's my 23andMe Genetic Testing Reviews. A genetics researcher and director of the National Institutes of Health once said: "Genetics loads the gun and environment ...

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Book Review – To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure
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Book Review – To Forgive Design: Understanding Failure

Good nature and good sense must ever join; To err is human, to forgive, divine. -- Alexander Pope, "An Essay on Criticism" WARNING: Engineering geek alert. Bear with me here, and I'll eventually get around to personal finance. If you'd rather skip all that engineering stuff and just read about financial ...

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Book review: “Pocket Your Dollars”
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Book review: “Pocket Your Dollars”

Saving & investing is supposed to be simple math. We've all read the advice: "Spend less than you earn." "Track your spending." "Make a budget." "Save at least 15% of your income." "Learn your investing risk tolerance." "Figure out your asset allocation." "Buy, hold, & rebalance." "Put your investments on ...

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Book review: “Abundance”
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Book review: “Abundance”

      Did you ever read a book that makes you feel as if your head's going to explode from all the new concepts? I don't mean the U.S. Navy's S5W Reactor Plant Manual, but Joe Dominguez' "Your Money or Your Life" certainly qualifies. I'd like to thank my friend John again for sending me a ...

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Book review: “You Are NOT So Smart.”
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Book review: “You Are NOT So Smart.”

        After you've spent a few months learning about financial independence, you wonder why people think this is so hard. All you have to do is track your expenses, create a spending plan, save money, invest in a diversified portfolio of low-cost index funds, and rebalance once in a ...

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Book review: “All The Money In The World”
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Book review: “All The Money In The World”

    Are you tired of grubbing for money? The financial media is gloomier than ever about the prospects of saving enough for retirement. Every day we're admonished that we're not saving enough, that we'll need millions of dollars, that we can't retire until our 70s, and that we can't even be sure ...

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Book review: “Why We Buy”
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Book review: “Why We Buy”

      I came across this classic while reading about frugal lifestyles and debt payoff. The author talks about retail stores and merchandising and marketing, but he unintentionally offers another benefit. If you understand how the stores are marketing to you, then you can understand why you ...

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