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Yes, I am alive

Hey everyone!

Just popping in for a quick update. As some of you may have noticed I do reply to comments but new content has been nowhere to be seen. Sorry!

  1. Over the past several semesters (hint, hint) I have been taking classes at the local community college – Java, Advanced Java and now C++ and Intro to Database – to expand my skillset and stay relevant. Plus, computer programming is very interesting to me and Wallet Engineerette has a Computer Science degree. Java was a wild success, but a lot of work! Consequently, that is why I have not been here to hang out with all the awesome fans.
  2. You may have seen some mentions of The Escaped One who escaped the rat race of 40 hour per week corporate life and is now retired. He made his goal and retired on his 35th birthday. He built a tiny house and will be featured on HGTV. Apparently I am to credit with his retirement!  He will be taking up residence on his permanent plot of personal land this spring and I hope to see him before he stops by for a day. He is the hero we need!
  3. We are in the process of buying an older, used minivan (think Honda Odyssey) or cargo/conversion van. Wallet Engineerette and I plan to take out the middle and rear seats leaving only the front seats. We have had some fun adventures camping in the rain and wind here in Colorado… Then we will convert the rear to a mini camper like The Grove Guy. There’s about 90″ of length in a van and I am 73″ tall so creativity will be key. I saw a bitching design for a futon bed that folds hamburger style instead of hotdog style (check the link above)!
  4. I will be taking computer classes through December 2017 (C++, Python, Database) in addition to my Java.
  5. We took a nice visit to Pasadena, CA. Went down to Venice Beach as well.
  6. Investments are up, savings are stable. I have not bought anything lately. May sell CAT as the P/E is getting very high. Thinking about filling out my AFL position as P/E is still low – need yield > 2.5% though.
  7. Ran into Mr. Money Mustache at the local brewpub last month. He is doing well.
  8. February is Stout Month here in Colorado. I bet you are jealous!
  9. Almost finished the kitchen remodel – new floor, dishwasher, new laminate countertops, sink, faucet, new baseboard. Have to find special 2 3/4″ door pulls, though. The Escaped One will be stopping by to help tile the backsplash.


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2015 Wallet Engineers Article Review

2015 has been a moderately busy year for Wallet Engineers. Let’s take a look at some popular and interesting articles. I have handpicked several below! Choose one, or choose all! Here goes 2015 Wallet Engineers Article Review!

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2015 Wallet Engineers Article Review

2015 Wallet Engineers Article Review

I started in January about How To Build a Sit Stand desk. I still use the desk and it only cost me $538! Which reminds me, I need to oil it because it’s real wood.

There was a list of 20+ money saving things I did in a single week in February. Tips that can be helpful to anyone, any time of the year.

In March I posted a fun article about the “Money Happiness Matrix“. A great look at money spending habits affect true happiness. I like to think of myself as a “Charles”. Sometimes I feel like a “Jill”. Be a Charles.

You can also read my rant about how fucking insane credit limits. Like giving someone free crack cocaine without even putting them through a D.A.R.E. (anti-drug) class.

In April I joined the Yakezie Challenge, but I’m having a difficult time maintaining a good content flow by myself.

I talked about why getting a tax refund is a stupid idea, unless you’re bad with money.

In May we learned about a really great life lesson: In All Things: Just Ask. Some great examples where just asking can really put you ahead.

In June, Wallet Engineers turned 2 years old!

In June I talked about a wonderful, frugal morning I had. Entertainment, exercise, and fun for nearly $0. I look forward to many more frugal mornings this spring/summer/fall.

Then we can learn how to be greedy when others are fearful. Back when the Dow Jones dropped 3.5% in a single day to 15,871 I was buying in!

October – I talked about how Americans really, really, are pathetically terrible at saving money (on average). I got a bit upset writing this article.



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Wallet Watching – February 2015

I am going to share with you – dear reader – where my money goes. A little wallet watching, budget balancing, money minding fun. I, too, have moments of weakness when it comes to spending money. Money which I have, but don’t need to spend. However, if I am accountable to my readers I should spend less. Right? Continue reading

Automobile Insurance Tips

I don’t watch a lot of live TV these days because commercials drive me up the wall but lately I have been seeing a bunch of commercials for auto insurance that drive me up THE WALL (as in the G.O.T. wall). I was going to just write a quick post about the specific things I see in these commercials that get under my skin but I figured I would just make a full fledged post about my view on Auto Insurance. So without further ado here are my Automobile Insurance Tips.

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