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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 savers grow nest eggs, they’re not just gaining dollars—they’re gaining future hours of liberty. Some savers are passionate about securing their freedom as soon as possible. They reject mainstream career arcs that would have them work full time until age 65 or […]

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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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Compare Your Adjusted Gross Income to Others by Age and Filing Status [Using 2014 IRS Data]

Note: this post revises an October 14, 2015 article that reported 2013 data from the IRS Statistics of Income (SOI) program. Since then, the IRS has released its 2014 statistics so the time is ripe for an update. Everyone compares themselves to others—it’s basic human nature. But sizing up paychecks isn’t polite conversation. In fact, it’s taboo. […]

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How to Compare Your Income to Others (Without Being Rude) [Using 2015 Census Data]

Note: This post discusses 2015 Census data. The Census Bureau has since released its numbers for 2016. To see where you rank under this latest release, click here. Everyone likes to compare themselves to others—it’s basic human nature. But comparing your income to others is not a topic of polite conversation. This cultural bar makes […]

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Compare Your Home’s Square Footage to Nationwide Surveys of Owners and Renters

Why should you care about your home’s square footage? Because inevitably, bigger living spaces trigger bigger spending. We all know that buyers of big homes suffer through higher down payments, broker commissions, and closing costs. But that’s just the start of their pain. After the deed to a mega-home is signed, the high costs continue as […]

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