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Mr. Maroon

August 2, 2014

Two Year Old Sleeps Like a Queen

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We’re at the stage in life where Mini Maroon is transitioning from a baby into a boy and, for him, the most sought after reward for that is a big boy bed. Or course, it’s convenient since we’ll be repurposing Mini Maroon’s crib in a few months. Being a self-reliant type and having the necessary […]

Mr. Maroon

July 29, 2014

Something’s Fowl

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If It Quacks Like a Duck… I started this long-delayed blog post with the intent to recap the one hundred and sixty six days and, what feels like, one hundred and sixty six changes in our life since our previous listing. And it sucked. It was full of excuses. Don’t worry…we haven’t fallen off of […]

Mr. Maroon

February 13, 2014

January 2014

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January 2014

The Results Are In January marked our lunge from the starting gate; our chance to kick start frugality and make a bid for financial independence.  And, boy, did we kick! Initially, 2014 was going to be dedicated to putting $30,000 in “Emergency Savings”.  To be honest, I never saw the need for it, but I […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Mr. Maroon

January 6, 2014

The Master Plan

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Spending Budget

All Work and No Play Makes Jack a Dull Boy Mrs. Maroon and I have been generally unsatisfied with our society-defined adult lives.  Earn money, spend money, repeat.  Perpetually.  My master plan for change evolved from a constant yearning to escape that society-defined life for one I had more control of, one I knew deep […]

Mr. Maroon

January 2, 2014

Howdy and Welcome to Mixing Maroons!

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“Money Can’t Buy Happiness” As second generation graduates of the little cow college on the Brazos in College Station, Texas, there is no shortage of maroon in our house. In fact, lately there seems to be little shortage of anything. That is, except the most sought prize of all – happiness! You see, we are […]