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  1. Be careful with that part. The decision should be...

    Be careful with that part. The decision should be 100% yours. You don't want to get "convinced" into having a completely different lifestyle for a few decades.
  2. The interesting thing is that the decision not to...

    The interesting thing is that the decision not to have kids is usually questioned, and yet the decision to have them is not. Which is more important and thus requires more careful consideration?
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    If I increase my deadlift by 100lb, can I beat...

    If I increase my deadlift by 100lb, can I beat the dead horse harder, or who gives a shit? :o
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    I saw it as well and honestly thought it would be...

    I saw it as well and honestly thought it would be better, especially considering the high reviews.

    My reaction was "alright well some people got killed, the visuals were kinda cool, the end".
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    Hey fellas, how about you skip the next 17 pages...

    Hey fellas, how about you skip the next 17 pages of horse carcass mutilation, and just call it a day?
  6. I did - I just called it a worthless rock that...

    I did - I just called it a worthless rock that costs thousands ;)
  7. What's wrong with you people? Are you saying...

    What's wrong with you people? Are you saying paying $30,000 for a party, buying a worthless rock for thousands of dollars, putting yourself under pressure to hire photographers, bakers, catering, a...
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    I'm assuming you want a hedge against inflation...

    I'm assuming you want a hedge against inflation because you have capital you want in a safe place that won't depreciate over time. Before investing in shiny things, consider this 5 year performance...
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    Index funds are not necessarily equity funds....

    Index funds are not necessarily equity funds. There are index funds for bonds, TIPS, REITs, etc. as well.

    My current portfolio invests in domestic large caps, mid caps, and small caps,...
  10. That's an excellent point and one I've alluded to...

    That's an excellent point and one I've alluded to in a previous post regarding house upgrades. Many more people spend time working/upgrading their backyards rather than actually using them.
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    When I say buy and hold, I don't mean any...

    When I say buy and hold, I don't mean any individual securities. I am talking about a diversified portfolio of low cost index funds. I only invest in index funds, and I only recommend investing in...
  12. One odd-ball way to save a bit of money: use Bing...

    One odd-ball way to save a bit of money: use Bing for at least some of your searches. Bing has rewards for every search you do, up to 30 searches on the PC and 20 on a mobile device. For each of...
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    That's very true in many ways. Plus, like Rig D...

    That's very true in many ways. Plus, like Rig D mentioned, it is practically a necessity in the tech fields. I am in software myself, and I can tell you that I've learned more on the job than in...
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    Rig D: Thanks for your contributions. I think we...

    Rig D: Thanks for your contributions. I think we mostly agree, with the following couple of exceptions:

    1. I will expand on this more in the original post at some time, but I am a buy and hold...
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    You are welcome. I hope it has been of some use.

    You are welcome. I hope it has been of some use.
  16. vh67: Thank you for reminding me about insurance....

    vh67: Thank you for reminding me about insurance.

    I am not sure if this belongs in this thread exactly, or in my investing thread, but something that I believe is important to consider is...
  17. Excellent thread, Rich. I need to link your...

    Excellent thread, Rich. I need to link your thread from my thread, since investing and saving money are part of the same idea.

    I have a few more to add/expand to your list:

    1. Housing. This is...
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    Sure, let's try your example... Same as...

    Sure, let's try your example...

    Same as before, you have $200,000 borrowed.

    Mortgage A is 30 years @ 4.0% like before
    Mortgage B is 15 years @ 3.5% (discount) that will be paid off in 7.
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    Let's do some simple calculations to see what...

    Let's do some simple calculations to see what makes sense. Suppose you buy a house for $250,000, and put a $50,000 downpayment. Your mortgage is $200,000 @ 4.0%. You decide to put down an extra $500...
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    To me, it only makes sense to put extra money...

    To me, it only makes sense to put extra money into the mortgage if you are close to retirement, or feel the need to pay off your house to sleep well. With a 3.95% mortgage, the extra money you are...
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    That's not a good way to look at it. Don't listen...

    That's not a good way to look at it. Don't listen to me because you think I'm the SME, which by the way I am not, listen to me if you have convinced yourself, via your own research, that what I am...
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    Well, I am taking a rifle fighting class next...

    Well, I am taking a rifle fighting class next month. But, that's more so I can pretend I'm Rambo and less as an alternative to my investments :p.
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    The investment strategy that I am proposing will...

    The investment strategy that I am proposing will have you invest in thousands of companies worldwide. These companies have millions and millions of people working for them, every day, trying to...
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    I have not read that book, but based on William...

    I have not read that book, but based on William Bernstein's other work, I would not hesitate to recommend it. Thanks for the suggestion.
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    If you have any constructive criticism regarding...

    If you have any constructive criticism regarding anything I've said, I welcome it wholeheartedly.

    I created this thread to help others with their finances - something I was asked to do by several...
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