I've started to realize recently that not having money is not fun. As a software engineer in Silicon Valley it's not a surprise for me to say that I make 6 figures. Even though we can live on my wife's income, going from 6 figures a year to the monthly number you see in the top right column under Alternative Income is not good. I love having all the extra time and I'm starting to get some other goals I had accomplished. However, cutting corners with the budget all the time can be as stressful as having a job. I'll be keeping you updated with my progress along the way, but first allow me to link you to some articles from The Money Writers and beyond.
The article that I liked the most this was The Digerati Life's Quitting My Job, Retiring Early: 5 Steps To Lifestyle Change. Does it come as a surprise that after that introduction that I like this article.
Continuing the career theme, Money, Matter, and More Musings has some lessons from his job hunting expedition.
Maybe all us job hunters should submit questions to Free Money Finance. I think he got some good feedback there.
Generation X Finance has a poll asking if anyone sees opportunities in real estate with all the foreclosures. I do see a lot of opportunities to be honest. I'd love to pick up some investment property at prices I've been seeing, but it requires having cash available - and that requires me to get a job first.
Sun, like he usually does, broke the news on about a new global dividend ETF. This one pays a hefty 4.95% divident with a 0.60% expense ratio. It almost seems fit for helping me with my Alternative Income goals.
Money Smart Life asks "What are you teaching your children this Christmas?" I'm ashamed to admit that I was bought up to understand it as a time of receiving presents. I'm smarter than that now though, and that's all that matters to me.
Jim at Blueprint for Financial Prosperity has a credit bureau wish list. I like the idea of the an easy way to freeze your account. However, this should also be free. Maybe Credit Bureau Santa will bring Jim a gift this Christmas.
Mighty Bargain Hunter says you should invest in yourself by learning things of value. That's what got me started with a website about money. I figure that I share my ideas, I read your ideas, we all win.
Five Cent Nickel has broken his long drought of bad customer service. That business was very smart and made a sale because of it. There's a lesson for any business to be learned here.
No Credit Needed has changed his past habits. Well he did it a long time ago, but now we get to see what worked.
I'd like to thank Cheap Healthy Good for including me in the most recent Festival of Frugality
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