The Triple Benefit Of Paying Off Your Mortgage Early

In 2022, my wife and I paid off our vacation property mortgage after 15 years of ownership. Now that it’s been several months since we paid off the mortgage, I realized there is a triple benefit to paying it off early. I didn’t realize thes...

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2023 Financial Samurai Goals: Back To Easy Living!

Happy New Year everyone! I’ve made goals publicly for over ten years because it helps keep me accountable. Making goals also makes the year more exciting and challenging. Hence, here are my goals for 2023. Once again, I’ve divided the goals...

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2022 Financial Samurai Year In Review: Family Over Money

We made it! My goal for 2022 was to do less work and have more fun. 2020 and 2021 were difficult years thanks to the pandemic so I needed a break. Overall, I give 2022 a B. The year was great from a family and health standpoint. But the year was piss p...

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The Best Of Financial Samurai 2022

In 2022, I published 156 posts on Financial Samurai. Every post is written based on firsthand experience because money is too important to be left up to pontification. For background, I worked in finance from 1999 – 2012. Along the way, I got my ...

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Why You Should Play Pickleball: The Best Sport Today

Pickleball is the fastest-growing sport in America. If you’re looking for an easy sport to pick up that’s loads of fun and inexpensive, pickleball is the sport for you. After playing 29 USTA league tennis matches in 2022, my shoulder, knees...

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How Does Bail Work? Bail And Bond Mean Different Things

If you plan on committing a crime, it’s good to know beforehand how bail works. This way, you can wisely conduct a cost-benefit analysis to see whether you can afford to pay for your crimes. If you can’t, then it may be best not to do somet...

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2023 Housing Price Forecasts: More Bears Than Bulls

2023 housing price forecasts from various institutions range from -22% to + 5.4%. There is no consensus as to which way house prices will go. However, the bias is towards the downside. There is also the issue of forecasting the national median home pri...

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The Second Biggest Financial Mistake You Can Ever Make

The first rule of financial independence is to not lose money. If you lose lots of money, you are ultimately losing valuable time. Losing time is the biggest financial mistake you can make because time is the most valuable asset. Now let me introduce t...

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Minimalism And Early Retirement Go Perfectly Together

Minimalism and early retirement go together like peanut butter and jelly. Each item compliments the other. Minimalism helps get you to early retirement sooner because you are lowering your cost structure. Early retirement makes you want to simplify lif...

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When The Elites Go On Strike, We Should Pay Attention

If you’re like me, chances are you are not part of the elite. Like 75% of college students, you may have gone to public school. For various lengths of time, you may have been underemployed or unemployed. Further, you definitely didn’t come ...

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Surprising Solutions To The Loneliness Epidemic

For the first year in retirement, I murmured this phrase over and over again, “I’m bored.” After regularly working 60 hours a week and interacting with clients, I suddenly had too much time on my hands. Instead of being bored, maybe w...

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