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How to Become Financially Independent

It is tradition for us to publish a blog post about financial independence the week leading up to Independence Day, so we wanted to offer a guide on how to become financially independent this year. There are numerous ways to becoming financially independent. Similar to biking across the country, you have a lot of routes you can choose from. Would you like to get there fast (FIRE – Financial Independence, Retire Early)? Would you prefer slow and steady? Do you want to save a lot early and coast your way to the finish line? No wrong answer. To each their own.

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What should you do with EXTRA money??

For our readers who are still in training, you may be seeing another gift from Uncle Sam-soon. Or maybe you already have! These are crazy times, economically and personally. But even in crazy times, good things can happen. What do we do if those good things come in the form of “extra” money? A stimulus check, a bonus you didn’t think you would qualify for, or maybe even an unexpected inheritance. Do you pay down debt? Do you spend it? Do you save?

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21 Financial Goals for 2021

I’m really good at contradicting myself and making sense (in my head) while doing it. For example, I am a big advocate of setting goals and creating a plan to achieve those goals. The simple process of creating a goal and an action plan to achieve it can help you accomplish a lot. I’m not a big fan of New Year’s resolutions because they are usually a half-hearted self-improvement “goal” that we bail on by February. For example, every year, I tell myself I will swear less, say more positive things, and less negative things. I don’t make much progress.

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