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Sam Dogen
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Slicing Through Moneys Mysteries
Slicing Through Moneys Mysteries

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Landscaping is one of the best investments you can make in real estate. Focus on aesthetics and functionality to create a great return. Here are some before and after pics of my backyard and a tip on how to save big money. 

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Besides taxes, housing is likely your largest expense. In order to reach financial independence sooner, rather than later, try keeping your total housing costs to under 10% of your gross income. Most people spend 20% - 30% of their gross income on rent/mortgage. But most people are going to be running in place for the rest of their lives!

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Early retirement losing a lot of its meaning if you don't have someone to spend all your free time with. Here are some strategies for having both spouses enjoy the early retirement lifestyle while maximizing harmony and minimizing regret and resentment. 

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It's been five years since I had a day job. Here are some life reflections that may help those looking to make the transition into early retirement as well. 

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Here's an overview of my 1Q2017 investments. This is a new series to track, manage, optimize, and build my passive income profile. Open to feedback! Also, hoping to have a good discussion on the investment landscape. 

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Did you know that social security survivor benefits can be pretty huge? We all have this embedded life insurance policy if we've been paying taxes. 

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E-mail is the most dangerous form of communication. If you don't want your e-mail or any form of written communication published on the front page of the newspaper, DON'T WRITE IT! Here's a story of how one e-mail almost ruined my severance and my life. 

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Just buy it because you're worth it. Everyone deserves a nice car. Life is short. No point working so hard and making so much money if you're not going to spend it. 

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Let's try this again! After millions of views on "Scraping By On $500,000 A Year" I've come to offer this couple some budget help. I've also provided some observations from the internet.

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Stop neglecting your most valuable assets. Conduct a net worth optimization exercise to make sure you're spending a commensurate amount of time with each asset's worth. 
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