Want Free Money? Fill Out Some Forms

Hi Kids.  Did you know there is free money floating around available if you just ask?

We have benefited from this in the past in the form of grants and will benefit next year in the form of a preservation tax credit.  All we did was fill out some forms.  How’s that for a side hustle, as the kids like to say? Continue reading “Want Free Money? Fill Out Some Forms”

Portfolio Update – Individual Stocks are Winning in 2018

I gave you Smidlappers a look up our dress a few months ago.  This is a more in-depth portfolio look at everything we own

Individual stocks are for rubes and suckers.  That’s the old refrain from the cult of Bogle.  That crowd might be right but the part of me seeking financial independence is also generally independent and making my own decisions. Continue reading “Portfolio Update – Individual Stocks are Winning in 2018”

Take a Pause and Step Back for Perspective

You said you were gonna do something but let the dust settle before you decide how it went

It turns out my tiny retirement practice was just a vacation, no matter how I wanted to sugar-coat it.  I’m glad I thought about it otherwise but reality wins this time.  Here’s how it went. Continue reading “Take a Pause and Step Back for Perspective”

Tiny Retirement Practice- Days 1 and 2

Even an abbreviated stay in the wilderness is pure gold!

We arrived at our usual late summer destination yesterday, just the three of us.  Mrs. Smidlap and I and our loyal and inquisitive dog, Banjo!, made the 80 minute drive from my in-laws place to our cabin in the Adirondack Mountain region of New York State. Continue reading “Tiny Retirement Practice- Days 1 and 2”

Working Through the Great Recession Made Us Financially Independent

 

 

Sometimes it’s OK to be a wage slave – Slave away wisely

The Clan of Smidlap started investing in earnest around 2005 about 2 years before the United States banking system ran the economy into le shitter (that’s French) for a few years. Continue reading “Working Through the Great Recession Made Us Financially Independent”

The Smidlap Family has a Rockin’ Month Ahead – Buckle Up!

My head is spinning thinking about the upcoming month

Starting tomorrow we have a huge art festival to sell Mrs. Smidlap’s paintings while we host friends from New Orleans, Louisiana at our house for four nights.  Then we stop in lovely Saratoga Springs for a visit with more friends for a day and then two glorious weeks of retirement practice in a wilderness cabin on a lake in the Adirondacks. Continue reading “The Smidlap Family has a Rockin’ Month Ahead – Buckle Up!”