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Corporate Monkey, CPA

A Typical Day In Our Pueblo

Our family of four from California has been living now in our small town in the Southern Bolivian Andes for four and a half months.  We quit our jobs in San Diego, pulled the kids out of school,

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Why I Deleted My Bucket List (And You Should Too!)

The whole point of a bucket list is to promise yourself that you will do things you’ve always dreamed of doing, before it’s too late.  People reason that if you just make a list and a promise, you can continue putting off pleasure

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Hey Retirement Preppers! Build Your Own Financial Bomb Shelter

Retirement is a game of probabilities – especially early retirement.   One of the key risks you face in early retirement is the possibility that your portfolio will run dry.  We can plan.  We run scenarios, and we try to minimize the risk of failure. 

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How to Purge Your Urge to Splurge

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Splurges: we all know they’re not good for us.  To splurge is defined by dictionary.com as “to indulge oneself in some luxury or pleasure, especially a costly one.”  For someone trying to achieve financial independence, expensive splurges can be just plain evil sauce. 

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Week 17: Oh, Hail No!

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We’re now seventeen weeks into our Family Gap Year in Bolivia.  Periodically, I write posts about our daily life in our small Andean village.  It’s been several weeks since I’ve done that, mostly because I’ve had so many other things to write about. 

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The First Global Currency

If you’re a student of money – or perhaps if you just like money generally – you should visit the outstanding “Casa de Moneda”, or Royal Mint, in Potosi, Bolivia.  It is the birthplace, HQ, and corner-office of the world’s first global currency: the silver Spanish peso.  

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