Archive | 2017

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yFIRECalc 2.0: The Retirement Calculator that Shows Why You Should Retire Early

At its highest and best use, money is a store of freedom. As nest eggs grow, savers amass future hours of liberty. Some savers are passionate about gaining their autonomy as soon as possible. They reject mainstream career arcs to pursue a fast track known as Financial Independence and Early Retirement (FIRE). With FIRE, the bells […]

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Frugalometer 2017: Compare Your Spending and Saving to Others Who Earn the Same Income

The original Frugalometer was a spreadsheet embedded into one of my blog posts from 2015. Since then, I’ve learned more about HTML5 and Javascript, so it’s time to upgrade this calculator into an online experience. Introduction to the Frugalometer What’s a reliable measure of frugality? It’s certainly not savings alone. If you saved $100,000 last […]

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What’s My Frugality Salary? (WMFS 2.0): Calculate the Worthiness of any Frugal Project

The original What’s My Frugality Salary calculator (WMFS) was released in 2015 as a spreadsheet embedded into one of my blog posts. Since then, I’ve learned more about coding, so it’s time for WMFS 2.0. This update replaces the spreadsheet format with an interactive online calculator that’s powered by HTML5 and Javascript. Introduction to WMFS […]

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Use Federal Reserve Survey Questions to Test Your Household’s Economic Well Being

The United States consists of about 125 million separate households, each one with its own unique set of financial circumstances. Some households work like economic pressure cookers; they’re overheated by delinquent loan payments, unpaid credit card balances, overdue bills, unbudgeted emergencies, nonexistent savings, and the like. Some households run much cooler, and work more like soft serve ice cream […]

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