This just in: Your Choices are not Limited to 100% Saving or 100% Spending
Just like life, finance is not always binary. It can be subtle and delicate, like me. There are many diverse and effective strategies to get to the sunset of your working life and this is ours. Continue reading “We’re on the Glide Path to Retirement: Here’s Our Strategy”
Two months ago, in early November 2018, I wrote a post about maybe the gold standard among the Boglehead VanGuard worshipers might not be the absolute best index for your money.
It’s been pretty common knowledge that index investing consistently and early can grow your money tremendously and even lead you to the promised land of Financial Independence with enough time in the market. Continue reading “QQQ vs. VTSAX: The Battle Continues”
Two months ago I issued an APB for my missing fitness
I had been somewhat of a wine guzzling couch potato slug with the exception of running around with my beloved dog, Banjo! in the fair weather season. This happens with age but every so often it gets to the point of feeling exceptionally listless and it’s time to take action. Continue reading “How Did I run a 6:00 Mile? I tried”
Last week we left off with my very subjective but sound advice for Malevolent Missy (MM), who is just starting a career.
Judging from the photo above maybe commandment 3 should be something like “get a damned haircut, hippie!” That was the 1993 corporate challenge and I was a brand new employee around age 25. Can you believe I ever got past the interview with that haircut? Continue reading “The Financial Commandments for a Young Employee – Part 3”
Just like Noah was told in some folks’ bible we have discovered a few self evident truths for those just staring out. Obey for a better life.
I started out this series intended for a young trainee named Malevolent Missy (MM). We work specifically at a large chemical manufacturing facility. I’ll share my opinions in hopes that others can avoid the mistakes of my youth, which number too many to count. Continue reading “The Financial Commandments for a Young Employee – Parts 1 and 2”
First and most importantly: The pace is SLOW
It’s Monday, December 24, otherwise known as Christmas Eve and I haven’t been at work since last Thursday. Here are some twisted thoughts on the season so far. Continue reading “A Smidlap Christmas”
We lost a coworker a couple of days ago
He finished his shift at 11pm and another of my coworkers found him in the parking lot the next morning. There’s is something exceptionally cruel about taking your last breath on company property at your job and not even making it to your car. Continue reading “A Harsh Reminder in the Holiday Season”
Life got a little busy in the Chateau Smidlap the past few weeks
I’ve had the responsibility of training a new lab partner and molding her in my own image at ye olde J.O.B. I laid out some career thoughts here. It’s been interesting to think about all I could have done differently or better since I was in my 20’s in the 1990’s. The workplace rules of thumb have changed since then but some things remain constant. Continue reading “Holidays and Loose Ends”
I have been tasked with training a brand spanking new lab partner, fresh from the university system. It’s been so long since I was in that position I had to think long and hard about the basics of the workplace and sound finances for a young person. Continue reading “First Real Job as a New Graduate: Here are Some Young Employee Maneuvers”
Big thanks to Carl at 1500 Days to Freedom for allowing me to let off some steam on his most excellent blog.
This comes at a good time as I haven’t written or posted anything in awhile. Take a minute and go and read it here: Freddy Smidlap Answers 10 questions.
Thanks everybody and enjoy the weekend!