Creating a Budget

One of the first steps my wife and I have taken on our road to financial independence was creating a budget. We realized that we were marginally living within our means but spending WAY too much on wants. We have no problem paying the bills, but we have a problem creating REAL savings and generating... Continue Reading →

The Thrift Savings Plan

The Thrift Savings Plan (TSP) works as a 401(k) designed for federal employees. As an active member of the United States Marine Corps I have been allotting 10% of my paycheck since I was 19. Watching that nest egg grow (and ignoring it when it shrinks) has been the longest going financial investment of my... Continue Reading →

Investing Strategies

As a part time investor I like using a buy and hold strategy. If I made trading a full time job I would learn quantitative analysis and sit and a computer all day buying and selling on small movements in the market. It's probably a good thing I don't invest full time because I don't know... Continue Reading →

M1 Finance

I recently stumbled on an investing app called M1 Finance. It's a free to use brokerage that offers both mobile and web trading tools. As of this writing I have not invested in my account but did set up a trading plan. M1 offers investors the ability to create a portfolio where money is invested... Continue Reading →

Robinhood

Shortly after I started investing in Acorns I got the itch to start picking my own stocks. I gave myself a crash course on stock investing with Investopedia and started researching stocks with Yahoo Finance. There are traditional platforms to choose from like TD Ameritrade and Charles Schwab, among others, who have a stellar reputation with a... Continue Reading →

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