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What’s Missing From This Formula?

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Quiz time. Last week while on vacation, I read Brian Tracy’s Flight Plan*, a short little book about success. On page 14 of the book, Brian has this to say about financial independence: Here’s a simple exercise: Determine how much it would cost you per month to live comfortably even if you had no income […]

We’re ALL Self-Employed!

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Have you ever wondered why good customer service is hard to find? I have! Everytime I go into a store, the first thing I notice is how crappy customer service has become. I would say that nine times out of ten, my customer service experience is subpar. Why? Why are so many employees just showing […]

Balancing Frugality and Camaraderie – What’s Your Advice?

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

I received the following email last week: I was hoping you could throw this one out to the group of readers: I’m a relatively frugal recent college grad, working hard to save as much as I can. I left my job at Bear Stearns in April and started a new position at a small but […]

Over 2,000 AFM Subscribers Have Vanished!

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

For some reason my Feedburner Subscriber stats are WAY OFF! I should have somewhere around 4,700 subscribers but Feedburner is only showing 2,500. I have no idea what’s up with that. I did upgrade my blog software and I’m pretty sure the dropoff has something to do with that. I’ve got a guy working on […]

I’m Back (sorta)

Monday, June 23rd, 2008

My wife, daughter, and I made it home yesterday morning. Our boys stayed behind to spend more time with their cousins. Overall it was a really nice trip. We dropped the boys off at Bill Self’s KU Basketball Camp and then headed to my hometown to stay with my brother and his family. It rained […]

“How Much Do You Need For Retirement?” – Dumb question?

Friday, June 20th, 2008

The internet, magazines, and books on personal finance are chock full of calculators and projections to help you figure out “your number” – the usually astronomical sum of money that it is allegedly going to take for you to live off your portfolio of securities, not work, and still maintain some semblance of the same […]

A few of my favorite blogs

Friday, June 20th, 2008

Thanks so much to JLP for asking me to fill in for him, and to all of you for being so fun to write for. You’re smart, knowledgeable, and nice, so it was a true pleasure. I hope you’ll stop by Chief Family Officer to say hi! I’d like to leave you with some of […]

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