Author Archives: Steve Traylen

Don’t Panic!

Every couple of weeks or so i have a minor anxiety attack – “Are we doing the right thing?” I think this is natural; society tells us you have to work until you are 65. Society pressures us to go … Continue reading

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The Rise of Kickstarter

Over the last few years Kickstarter has become more and more popular with over $3.6B spent. For those unfamiliar with the process Kickstarter provides a platform for (mainly) small businesses to crowdfund the money they need to get their projects … Continue reading

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Water – It’s Expensive

Of our monthly bills our water/sewer bill is the largest. Typically it runs about $150 a month, however it is billed quarterly so this means we get a hit of close to $500 every 3 months!

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Blue Apron – How is This a Thing?

Last week we received a mysterious package. It turned out to be a box from Blue Apron, i’m unsure exactly why we got it, but it was addressed to the previous owners of our house. I think that maybe they … Continue reading

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Family Objectives Q1 Update

At the start of the year I set out some objectives for the year which would help to keep us on track for the year. I promised to give an update on these once per quarter, so here is the … Continue reading

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March Financial Update

So just like that we are now a quarter of the way through the year. Although January was great for the markets, the retreats in February and March has pulled everything pretty much back to flat (or worse) for the … Continue reading

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My First Half Marathon

On Saturday I will be running my first half marathon. I have been running on and off for about ten years but it was only recently that I became more organized and decided to push myself further.

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The Delights of Estimated Tax

As you know we moved to Oregon the middle of last year and had no W2 income in the state, our entire income was based on dividends and some capital gains from our portfolio, the majority of which was distributed … Continue reading

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Ten Things We Can Do Now, That We Couldn’t Before

One of the best things about FI and not working is the amount of time that is now available. In fact we wonder how we got *anything* done when we were working. I guess we just got most of our … Continue reading

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More Vacation Planning

A few weeks ago I wrote about our vacation planning in broad strokes. Last week we did some more planing for our trip to the UK. Although we will be going for 3 weeks, half the time we will be … Continue reading

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