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Corporate Monkey, CPA

What Will Your Midlife Crisis Be?

When you’re in you’re 20s it seems like everyone you know is getting married.  In your 30s, they’re all raising kids and focusing on a career.  In your 40s, the big trend is the midlife crisis.



My Big Plans – A Family Gap Year to South America

2017 will be a big year for our family.  We’re starting our Family Gap Year in South America.  In a few months, my wife and I will both

  • Quit our jobs;
  • Take our kids out of school;


How To Make Your Own Greek Yogurt (And Turn It Into $4,000)

For the last year or two, I’ve made all of my own yogurt at home, saving about $200 per year.  As someone who also makes his own beer, bread, and pizza, I have to say that making yogurt if FAR SIMPLER to do than any of these.  


What is a Backdoor Roth, and Why Is It So Spicy?

A Backdoor Roth is a tax loophole which people use to bypass income limits on IRA retirement account contributions.  It essentially allows you to “backdoor” a contribution to a Roth IRA, even though you do not qualify to contribute to a Roth IRA.  


The Frugal Rule of 20 – Why Your Daily Latte Is Costing You $30,000

Will Cutting Out Your Daily Latte Really Get You To Retirement?

You’ve probably read some personal finance articles that say you need to save more money.  They often suggest cutting out those expensive daily lattes as a remedy. A lot of folks don’t think that’s a very serious proposal.  


10 Reasons You Need A Side Hustle

Quit Wasting Time, and Start Hustling!

I firmly believe that side hustles are a key step for early retirement dreamers.  Of course, there are many who have gained financial independence without a side hustle, but having a side hustle makes early retirement much easier to achieve for most of us.  


What It Costs To Drive My Electric Vehicle

I was one of the first buyers of a Nissan Leaf Electric Vehicle when mass production first began in 2011.  I’ve owned the car now for over five years.  As a frugal dude, I look back on my purchase as generally a poor financial decision…