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Mrs. Maroon

December 17, 2014

Happy Debt-iversary

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One year ago today, at roughly the hour of this posting, we made a decision that would alter our entire future… No, we didn’t get married or have a baby. We’d already done both of those! What we did was completely commit ourselves to achieving financial independence. It all started with paying off Mr. Maroon’s […]

Mrs. Maroon

December 11, 2014

November 2014 Update

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Here I sit on the 11th of the month AGAIN having not made an update for the last month. I did do a much better job of keeping up with the expense tracking this month – YAY! – so I don’t even have that excuse from last month… Anyway, here we go!   $5,992   Income: […]

Mrs. Maroon

November 12, 2014

October 2014 Update

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As I’ve already mentioned**, I had quite a bit of catching up to do to track our October expenses. I could say that it’s related to having a newborn and transitioning to keeping the VERY busy Mini Maroon 1 at home for the month too, but then again excuses are ugly. I just plain let […]

Accountability Partners

October 29, 2014

Accountabililty

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The New Webster

Perfect topic for me today. Today starts yet another new chapter in the Maroon household… my first day back working following the arrival of Mini Maroon 2. I’m keeping her with me while I fit in a half-time work schedule from home. Mini 1 is returning to daycare after having some time at home with […]

Mr. Maroon

October 1, 2014

Unexpected Income

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What Should I Spend It On? A relative shared the following photo with me by text message last weekend. In order to make quick sense of it, since I only play the lottery when Santa leaves tickets in my stocking each Christmas, I responded by asking what exactly I should be looking for on this […]

Mr. Maroon

August 24, 2014

Everything Must Change

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Desperate Times… Our quest for financial independence began out of desperation. Man – if I had only known how those six little words would change my life. As I hit “I’m Feeling Lucky”, I really wasn’t. I was lying. I was feeling desperate. I was feeling bored. I was feeling anything but lucky. My job […]

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 6, 2014

The Master Plan

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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 […]

Mrs. Maroon

January 4, 2014

Introducing the Mrs.

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You Want To Do What?! So if you’re anything like me, you will have found Mr. Maroon’s introduction of the blog to be inspiring and motivational. What a picture he painted! But all of those warm and fuzzy feelings can quickly change into the cold and uncomfortable thoughts of… What exactly are you talking about? […]