Site News: 100 WordPress Followers!

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Hey we hit another mini-milestone today! We hit 100 WordPress Followers to bring the grand total of awesome people following this blog up to 116.

I also had a post this week receive my highest number of likes to date. I appreciate that you appreciate my ramblings!

You all are awesome, and I really can’t thank you enough for the rad response I’ve received to the blog thus far. This post is a celebration, but also a quick reminder to all of you to make sure you take the time to celebrate all of your life milestones as well, both big and small!

If you haven’t subscribed yet, the link is in the righthand column over there, so what are you waiting for! [Just look for the dog with the cash in his mouth.]

Oh… and make sure you tune in tomorrow. HUGE financial independence news in my world, and a big step forward on my road to freedom!

Thanks again to all!

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Tuesday Tip Jar: Side Hustlin’ with Four-Legged Friends

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Welcome to another “Tuesday Tip Jar” where I will share awesome savings and financial tips as I find them. I might not have something for you every Tuesday, but when I do, you’ll find it here!

If you’ve got a financial tip you think others would benefit from, please send it to me via my contact page at the top of the blog!

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My wife and I absolutely love animals. Currently we own 1 Black Lab (Sylvester), 1 Chiweenie (Hoppa), 1 cat (Rico), 1 tortoise (Stormy), and 2 Hermit Crabs (Shelby and Bubba.) Previously we’ve owned lizards, snakes, bunnies, a pig, and many other dogs and cats. By the time I’m done writing this post we’ll probably have a guinea pig, because they are cheap and my daughter won’t shut up about getting one. I think we’ll also make the leap and get chickens next year. We’re all very excited.

Fun Fact: My 11 year-old son did *not* in fact name his pet tortoise after the pornstar/stripper/Trump buddy, Stormy Daniels, but thanks for asking! (I get asked a lot.)

As my wife and I looked for awesome side hustles to bring in some extra scratch, one of the options mentioned to me was Rover.com. Rover is a site that allows two things:

  1. It allows others to watch your pets for you.
  2. It allows you to become a pet sitter for others!

Their plan is relatively straightforward. My wife (who will be primarily responsible for the animals while I’m at work) filled out a simple questionnaire that asked things like if our yard was fenced, what dogs and cats we have, and what size of dogs we’d like to take care of. It took about 15 minutes to answer fully, and after adding a few pictures of her, our pets, and our home, we were off and running!

(You can sign up for sitting cats as well, which we did.)

The site allows you to offer the following services:Read More »

Potato Guns, Whiskey, and Regret – Camping In My Hometown

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The Thursday Think Tanks are semi-random thoughts that may not necessarily fall directly into the category of finances, but I still feel are worth sharing. Read at your own risk!

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I love to go camping. When I was young my parents used to take us to a 2 week long family reunion up in the mountain forest a couple of hours from my house. We’d spend the week playing in rivers and lakes, rafting, and cooking amazing food over an open fire pit.

Other times my Dad would just get a wild hair up his backside and decide that it seemed like a good weekend to take the camp trailer up into the woods and explore for a while. He’d call up several other families, and in a matter of minutes we’d be in our Chevy Blazer on the way to the market for ice, beer and hot dogs — an entire caravan of jacked up vehicles towing camp trailers behind us.

As an adult, I don’t get to camp as often as I do. We don’t have a camp trailer, and my wife isn’t fond of tent camping, so we just haven’t found a way to make it all click.

However on rare occasions, I travel back to my hometown and camp with old high school buddies. It’s usually two or three nights packed with games of horseshoe, music, and FAR TOO MUCH drinking.

One such trip resulted in a story that I will never forget…Read More »

Obsessing Over Finances — When Does it Go Too Far?

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“My wife is undeniably right; I have found a relatively healthy thing (financial independence) to obsess over. I guess it’s better than constantly straightening my fork at Red Robin. Where it probably crosses the line is in the form of my hyper sensitivity to spending, and my overall monitoring of the expenses.”

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Let me just being this post by saying that I’m not a Doctor. If you’ve read any of my previous posts on this blog at all that should be almost as abundantly clear as me making statements such as, “I am not a squirrel,” or “I am not a log cabin.”

So when I talk about things such as my OCD, keep in mind that I’ve only self-diagnosed myself (with the constant “help” of my wife), and am really talking out my ass about the subject in general. It should also be stated that, whether I suffer from a mild form of it or not, I am in no way making light of people dealing with this disorder in any form.

I have some quirks that I very rarely notice, but others pick up on. An example would be that if I sit down at a table at a restaraunt, I straighten the silverware and napkins so that everything is perpendicular and/or at a nice right angle.

If I’m sitting in a meeting and I put my sketchbook on the table, I’ll meticulously adjust it until its bottom edge runs as parallel as possible with the edge of the table.

I tend to obsess over details like this, but at the same time I allow pure and utter chaos to enter my life at other times. As I type this I’m staring at my desk which is cluttered with car keys, vitamin bottles, pens, post-it notes, a hard drive, and for some reason and empty Ziploc bag that has been on my desk for weeks. Not sure what was in it, and equally not sure why I haven’t just thrown it away. I’m 93% positive it was not a human toe. I think I threw that bag out ages ago.

Yet when I find that thing that latches onto that obsessive part of my brain, it’s really hard for me to shut it off and let go.

When it comes to this condition manifesting in my job, it’s actually served me pretty well. I have taken an entry level job at one of the most well-known companies in the world and no college degree, and turned it into a role as a senior member of my team with a college degree and 2 additional two-year certifications to boot. All because I love my job and am obsessed with growing as much in it as I can.

When I was studying to become a digital animator, I would literally spend 5 hours a night and another 20 on weekends at my computer after work, honing my skills. Sometimes I’d get home at 7:00pm, and work until 3:00am, only realizing far too late that I was only going to get 4 hours of sleep that night.

So that kind of obsession is mostly good. My wife and kids will sometimes tell you that the hours Dad works can suck, but otherwise it’s provided a great life for us.

When it comes to things like wanting a new gadget, car, or other similar non-essential item, I get obsessed with finding and buying it as soon as I’ve officially made up my mind to get it. There have been times where I have driven 3 hours for an iWatch that I could have easily waited 2 days to get in the mail, paying more in gas and final price, just to have it now. This is a good part of the reason why I am in the financial situation that I am right now.

When it comes to a videogame I love, I’ll spend hours, days and even weeks playing the game and attempting to master it. I would be scared sh*tless to ever add up the number of hours I’ve put into videogames, but I can at least partially justify it since I work in the videogame industry.

So that kind of obsession mostly bad. Or at least that’s what my wife told me I had to say.Read More »

Digging Out Blog: Some Key Milestones for the Blog

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Hi Everyone! Just a bit of a bonus post for this awesome Friday to celebrate some milestones for this blog, and to extend my heartfelt thank you for some of the awesome support I’ve received thus far. While the milestones achieved aren’t earth-shattering by any means, I’m pretty proud of them.

Before we get to numbers, I wanted to again thank everyone who has shared posts, posted links to the blog, or told friends about the blog. Please continue to share, because knowing that people might be getting some comfort or guidance from these posts is highly motivational for me, and will keep me chugging away!

I’ve got plans brewing for a possible podcast. For those of you who don’t know, I hosted a podcast for around 4 years, and I PROMISE if one comes to fruition I will make it highly entertaining. In fact, that’s frankly the delay, in that I’m not entirely sure I’d be able to keep a podcast of this nature from turning into a dry-mouthed slog fest that would bore the saddle off of a dead horse. Stay tuned!

Now about those numbers…

First of all, we hit 100 Followers today! I’d like to thank each and every one of you who have followed the blog, because it means you saw enough in my ramblings to want to read more of my ramblings. I really appreciate it, and if you’re reading this and you subscribe, it means you can tell all of your friends that you were one of the first hundred.

Note: If they stare back at you blankly or seem unimpressed, take that as a sign of  shear and total jealousy on their part and move on!

If you have yet to subscribe, it’s super easy! Just look for the “Follow this Blog” image in the right hand column. I don’t think the right column shows up for people on some mobile devices, so if you don’t see it, try visiting from a desktop device.

Next, we hit 1,000 Total Visitors! The blog is just over 2 months old, so this is pretty rad as well. Thanks for dropping by, and please continue to share the blog if you enjoy what you’re reading. I will keep posting if you keep reading, and that’s a promise!

We also broke 2,500 total Views, which is pretty damn cool. 2500 pairs of eyeballs (or single eyeballs in some cases I guess) have read words put into these posts. I hope it has helped some, and provided comfort for others. Know that it has helped me tremendously, both emotionally and in terms of the knowledge I have gained from comments and emails received.

Finally, we hit 250 Likes, which means that 1 in every 100 views gets a like. Which means that not many people enjoy what I write. Wait… what the hell? That’s like 1% of you. NOW WAIT JUST A MINUTE… THIS SUCKS. WHY DO I EVEN BOTHER?

Nah… all of these numbers are fantastic. I have no frame of reference to know if this is poor/good/moderate growth for a blog, but what I do know is that I’m personally really happy with the numbers. The blog continues to grow, and I continue to learn new things from all of you. It’s WIN WIN!

As a little bonus “THANK YOU!” of sorts, I assembled many of the little sketches I threw together for the tops of the posts over the past 2ish months. Hope you enjoy!

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Thanks again to everyone! Please continue to spread the word, keep digging, and have a fantastic weekend!

You folks rock!

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