A Holiday Blessing
Karen Trefzger   |  Maximum Gratitude, Minimal Stuff

Don’t get too busy to stop and savor things. Slow down, breathe deeply, and take them all in. Peace and joy to you and yours this Christmas!

An Early Retirement Tax Planning Checklist
Chris Mamula   |  Can I Retire Yet?

After a few years of learning by doing, I’ve developed a system that minimizes ongoing thought, effort, energy, and most importantly… taxes we owe. Here is our tax-planning process and checklist.

What Happened to 2021’s Biggest Thrill-Rides for Investors?
The Accumulator   |  Monevator

The headlines typically only report rags-to-riches tales or train wrecks. But how are things going if you only jumped aboard some of 2021’s biggest investing thrill rides when they were hot? And you forgot to get off?

This Week’s Community News (12/24/21)

In this week’s community news roundup, we’re celebrating weight loss bets, new babies, and job changes.

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    The Future Seen
    Greg Spears   |  Humble Dollar

    I recommended an index fund to the magazine’s readers only that one time. As my editor explained, if we endorsed index funds, we’d have nothing to put on next month’s cover.

    I Bonds Are My Bonds
    Steve Ark   |  Slightly Early Retirement

    You’ll be hard pressed to find any other zero risk savings account or CD that pays even close to this much right now (7.12%).

    Come On Ride The Train
    Blair duQuesnay   |  The Belle Curve

    It’s always better to be ‘on the train’ than to be standing on the platform. The goal here is to trick the brain into thinking long-term when all we want to do is obsess over the day-to-day.

    Bonus Bits – Week of 12/20/21

    This week’s bonus tips and nuggets, featuring: the build-to-core real estate investing strategy, intentional living, and a new book from the community!

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    10 Years With a One-Fund Portfolio
    Mike Piper   |  Oblivious Investor

    Roughly 10 years ago (December 2011), we switched our retirement savings portfolio from a combination of individual index funds to a single LifeStrategy fund. Here’s how we feel about it now.

    How I Prioritize The Top 7 Stocking Stuffers of My Savings
    H.M.   |  Homo Money

    You’re probably making a list and checking it twice for everyone else, but are you doing the same for yourself? Here are 7 ways I “put the oxygen mask on myself first” before getting swept away with holiday spending.

    Avoiding the Boulders of Financial Destruction
    Mr. Tako   |  Mr. Tako Escapes

    It’s coming for you. You can’t stop it. You can’t control it. You can only stay as far ahead of the boulder as possible and try not to get crushed by it.

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    Are You Saving Too Much Money?
    Darius Foroux   |

    About six months before my dentist died in a motorcycle accident, he gave me some of the best advice I’ve ever received.

    The 9 Best Paychecks in the World 🏆
    Joel   |  Budgets Are Sexy

    The feeling of getting paid while doing nothing on vacation is awesome. It’s a glimpse into what future financial independence feels like!

    An Anti-Investment Policy Statement
    Tadas Viskanta   |  Abnormal Returns

    Maybe investors should take a page from surgery. Instead of affirmatively stating what you WILL invest in, write out what things you WON’T invest in.

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    The January Uber Frugal Month Group Challenge!
    Mrs. Frugalwoods   |  Frugalwoods

    The Uber Frugal Month isn’t just about saving money. It’s a holistic re-evaluation and re-structuring of our human relationship with one of the most polarizing, stress-inducing, divorce-causing, fear-mongering things: our money.

    I Play Like It’s The Last Day of My Life
    Matt Bell   |  Matt About Money

    As much as I love the game of golf, I can honestly say that I’ve never read a golf-related article that brought tears to my eyes. Until I read the incredible story of Jose de Jesus Rodriguez.

    My Credit Card Was Hijacked & All I Got Was This Lousy Post
    budgetlifelist   |  Budget Life List

    The criminal had somehow taken my card on impressive spending sprees from Colorado to Vegas to Tampa. The thieves had managed to do more traveling with my card in an hour than I’d done all year!

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