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Corporate Monkey, CPA

The Balance of Power: Employer vs. Employee

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One of my best friends from college, Bob, came over for dinner last week.  We were discussing my plans to quit my job and take a Family Gap Year in South America, and he said something that really stuck with me.  


The Triple Digit Challenge: 100% 401(k) Contributions

It’s that time of year again: time to revisit your 401(k) and retirement contributions.  If, like me, you intend to break free from the shackles of Corporate fiefdom, then you should always aim to maximize your 401(k) contributions while you can.


My 2017 New Years Resolutions

I’m normally not real big on New Years resolutions.  I think I made my first one just a couple of years ago.  I resolved to make all of my own beer for a whole year.  I’m very proud to report that I accomplished it,


Is Your Company Full Of Clocksuckers?

A Clocksucker is someone who wastes time, usually unintentionally.  They are particularly common in large companies.  They steer projects in pointless directions.  They hijack meetings with endless bloviating, and they write massive emails which nobody actually reads.  


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;


5 Reasons My Electric Bill Is Shockingly Low (No, I Don’t Have Solar)

Everyone loves electricity, but most people hate to pay for it.  Despite this fact, few people take the easy steps necessary to reduce their electric bill.  I’m a frugal guy, and my electric bill has always been among the lowest in my neighborhood.  


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.