Choosing between two job offers

Although my eventual goal is #FI, I derive the largest part of my income from good old fashioned American work. Actually, it's new fashioned American techwork, complete with standing desks and kegerators. I've got it pretty good but I'll have to move on and choose between job offers someday.

Using debt as a forced savings plan

I’ve repeatedly seen two narratives told over and over again. First of all, debt is bad. Second, although debt is bad, having a mortgage is alright because it acts like a forced savings plan, slowly enabling borrowers to build wealth. But can't the “forced savings plan” idea can be extended beyond simply mortgage debt, if executed intelligently with low interest, short term debt?

Taking pride in incremental improvements

Big gains get all of the glory. Lottery winners. Moonshot bets on bitcoin. One-in-a-million penny stock wins. Unfortunately, obsessing over big bets and big gains takes all of the joy out of the incremental gains that actually build wealth on a predictable basis. This post is all about the little gains I never celebrated, and my plans to improve them even more in the future. These tiny incremental improvements collectively add up to big, big wins.

I'm exercising my ISOs on Monday

Good morning everyone. Today is a BIG day for me, and a big day for my investing strategies going forward. I'm exercising around 1/4 of the options I've been awarded in the startup I am working for. Although this won't have a huge impact for me in the near term, over the course of the next 3-4 years I am hoping this single decision will save me thousands of dollars (or if I am really lucky, tens of thousands) in taxes.

Turning recurring expenses into recurring investments

Life is expensive, and that can make it really hard to save. With rent, cell phones, cars, healthcare, food, childcare, vacations and thousands of other little costs, it’s not unusual for someone to have 80-90% of their income disappear into the ether. Lately, I’ve been thinking about ways I can try to turn at least some of those recurring payments into recurring investments, or at least mitigate them so I don’t lose so much of my income to recurring expenses each month.