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Friday's Frugalities

January 31, 2014

FF#4 – What Would I Do Without Breakfast?

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Breakfast… The most important meal of the day, right? I tend to agree. Maybe it’s just because I like food that much. But I am definitely a nicer person when I eat breakfast. The thing is that we don’t have to sacrifice our budget for breakfast just because it is the most important meal of […]

Mrs. Maroon

January 28, 2014

Paying It Forward

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The concept of paying it forward has (thankfully) become more and more prevalent in today’s society. It’s refreshing to see the story go viral about a gentleman that just lost his wife who treated a young couple to dinner… just one of the many, many stories I’ve come across lately in this world of ever-connected […]

Friday's Frugalities

January 24, 2014

FF #3 – Leftovers: Love Them? Or Hate Them?

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Going to get this one done on time this week 😉 Anyway, Mr. Maroon and I have actually alluded to both FF #2 (Scatter-Brained from last week) and FF #3 (today’s post) concepts in previous post, which takes me back to the days of high school literature where the teacher tried desperately to convince us that […]

Mr. Maroon

January 21, 2014

Four Percent

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Within the financial strategy of each “super saver” exists a key tool often referred to as the Four Percent Rule.  Simplified, the rule specifies that an investment will allow a withdrawal rate of four percent of the principal balance in perpetuity, all the while accounting for inflation.  Obviously, there are certain caveats that cannot be […]

Friday's Frugalities

January 18, 2014

Friday’s Frugalities #2 – Scatter-Brained

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Here, this is my first opportunity to be consistent with a regular contribution, and I forgot! I’m sure I could find several reasons to throw out there, but they’d all just be poor excuses so I’ll skip right on past that part and get straight to the point. The fact that I forgot to write […]

Mr. Maroon

January 11, 2014

Equity as an Equalizer – Part 2

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If you’re following along at home, you’re probably wondering how in the hell we have $554,645 worth of Property Assets.  The answer, simply, is a mixture of good common sense, a little bit of education, and luck.  Oh, and a nice little thing called Equity!  Without that, our net worth drops to a very RED […]

Mr. Maroon

January 10, 2014

Equity as an Equalizer – Part 1

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(NERD ALERT! – My apologies in advance.  I went full nerd a couple of times in this article.  It happens from time to time.  Just bear with me.) Cash is King C A S H.  Funny how our whole existence in today’s modern world seems to revolve around that little four letter word.  Those who […]

Friday's Frugalities

FF #1 – Save those Berries!!

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As soon as you come home from the grocery store with berries, plan to soak them in a cool bath of water and vinegar. I don’t have exact measurements (I rarely measure when I cook), but I’d say a decent pour of plain, white vinegar into a half-full sink of cool water. I picked this […]

Mrs. Maroon

A Regular Word from the Mrs.

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The Pressures and Rewards of Domesticity Ever since we got married, Mr. Maroon has liked to deem me the keeper of the house. He considers it to be the womanly thing. I have always pushed back and resisted. To some degree, it makes me cringe every time he says it. I find it to be […]

Mr. Maroon

January 7, 2014

It Matters Not Where You Start, But That You Start

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It’s 10 O’clock!  Do You Know Where Your Money Is? So, it’s really6:45p, and, yes, I do know where my money is…now…but this slant on a once popular public service announcement from my childhood echoed throughout our house over the past twenty four hours or so as the Mrs. and I frantically tried to recall […]