It sucks to be poor, but poverty comes in different shapes and sizes
I made 4200 bucks as an adult in 1991 and was well below the poverty line of 6900 bucks for that year. Let’s all hold off on shedding a tear for ol’ Mr. Smidlap, though. Here’s why. Continue reading “How Poverty was Different for Me”
Remember last week when I showed you how to get free money just for asking?
Want Free Money? Fill Out Some Forms
I’ll bet you couldn’t believe it! Well we’re fixing our house and setting it up with free stuff too. Continue reading “Fix Up Your Home with Free Stuff!”
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”
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”
We surely didn’t need a bar in our dining room, but I sure wanted one
We didn’t hustle our asses down to the local Raymour and Flanigan
crappy, poorly constructed furniture store. We put our mad skillz to constructive use and built the damned thing. Continue reading “Want Something? Build it Yourself!”
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”
A Muffurito is an English muffin burrito hybrid
Go ahead and say it out loud: “Muffurito!” It not only rolls off the tongue sweet and smooth but it’s also a delicious meal. Continue reading “Good Eats for Cheap #5 – Muffuritos!”
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”
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”