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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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The Worthometer has been Updated to Include 2013 PSID Data!

Breaking news: this site’s popular Worthometer has been updated to replace older data from the 2011 Panel Study of Income Dynamics (2011 PSID) with the newer results from the 2013 survey. As you may know, the Worthometer is the web’s only net worth percentile gauge that incorporates, reconciles, interpolates, and averages all three major surveys of household […]

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Compare Your Adjusted Gross Income to Others by Age and Filing Status [Using 2013 IRS Data]

Note: this post is based on 2013 IRS data. To read an updated post based on 2014 IRS data, click here. Everyone compares themselves to others—it’s basic human nature. But sizing up paychecks isn’t polite conversation. In fact, it’s taboo. Faced with this, some people try to rank themselves indirectly, such as by outspending their neighbors. […]

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What’s My Frugality Salary? A Calculator that Tests the Worthiness of any Frugal Project

Note: A new version of this calculator, released in January, 2017, replaces the embedded spreadsheet that appears below with an interactive online version powered by HTML5 and Javascript. To use this new and improved version of the “What’s My Frugality Salary Calculator?,” click here. If you were asked to sum up the frugal lifestyle, you […]

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yFIRECalc 1.0: The Retirement Calculator that Shows Why You Should Retire Early

Note: I updated yFIRECalc in February, 2017. To use yFIRECalc 2.0, which has been coded in HTML5 and Javascript, click here. Dozens of calculators show how to acheive an early retirement. But none I’ve seen show why you should retire early. If any such calculator existed, it certainly wouldn’t measure dollars. Dollars divulge the how of early retirement, […]

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Compare Your Adjusted Gross Income to Others by Age and Filing Status [Using 2012 IRS Data]

Note: this post is based on 2012 IRS data and has since been updated. To read a post reporting the 2013 data, click here; to read a post reporting the 2014 data, click here.  Everyone compares themselves to others—it’s basic human nature. But sizing up paychecks isn’t polite conversation. In fact, it’s taboo. Faced with this, […]

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The Geezer Freezer: How 60 Minutes Can Save You Thousands on Your Electric Bill

Even if you retire early, life continues to present a steady parade of opportunities and problems. In our latest life episode, Mrs. Moose and I are moving down from the mountains and into the house that she and her brother inherited from their father. One big opportunity: free housing in a desirable neighborhood with likeable […]

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The Worthometer Has Been Updated!

As promised, I’m letting you know that the Worthometer has been updated to replace the data from the 2010 Federal Reserve Board Survey of Consumer Finances (2010 SCF) with the new 2013 SCF figures that were released on September 16, 2014. As you may know, the Worthometer is the web’s only net worth percentile gauge […]

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