Moving this blog

I decided to move the blog over to a self-hosted site while still using the WordPress platform. I will now be posting at If you’re interested in following me, please follow me there! By the way, if you’re interested in moving your blog over to a self-hosted site, click on the banner […]

How Much Do Uber/Lyft Drivers Make?

If you’ve ever contemplated the idea of becoming an Uber and/or Lyft driver, I’m about to give you a realistic look at how much you can expect to earn (figures are from the D.C. Metro area). As a side hustle / learning experience, I signed up to be an Uber and Lyft driver in the Northern […]

NoVA Fun Series: Burke Lake Park

This post is part of the NoVA Fun series, a growing list of budget-friendly and family-friendly activities in the Northern Virginia and D.C. Metro area. If you have suggestions for the list, please leave a comment below or contact me at Burke Lake Park (Fairfax County Park Authority official site)   What are some […]

Paying Off The Mortgage Early vs. Investing

I’ve had enough people ask me about this topic now that I feel it deserves an additional blog post. I briefly addressed it here, and I’ll address it briefly again. Why pay off a low interest rate mortgage (~3-5%) early when you could earn ~8-12% in the stock market? To most people, the smarter and […]

Goal Progress: Update #1

Last month, we set a goal of paying off the mortgage by 2020 and to have a net worth of at least $1M by 2025. Each month, I’ll be posting an update on the progress of the goal. Mortgage progress: Over the first month, we were able to pay down $3,824 towards the mortgage, which […]

Is Retirement Bad For Your Health?

Is retirement bad for your health? What do people do after they retire? Do people get lonely? What are some things that can make retirement better? These are some of the things I’ve been asking myself as I reflect on my goal of early retirement /  financial independence. Thinking about retirement makes me think about my […]