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My Household Budget (2018 Edition)

If you have not been following along, in early 2017 I became fed up with my bloating household expenses and made a commitment to do something about it.  At that point in time my recurring household living expenses were averaging almost $3,250/month.  Since then, quite a few strategic changes have been made which have brought household expenses down by an average of over $700/month (and counting).  I continue and track these numbers to both hold myself accountable and pass along any savings strategies/opportunities discovered to you.

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The Stock Market Won't Make You Wealthy

Over the last few years I've been in the fortunate position to meet some fascinating people from all walks of life.  Quite often I also get to pop the hood on their finances.  The financial stories are just as varied as the people, but a select few have achieved a rather impressive abundance of wealth.  I have noticed a commonality within this community:  in absolutely zero instances was this high level of wealth achieved via the stock market.

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My Household Budget (Q2 '18 Edition)

If you have not been following along, early last year I became fed up with my bloating household expenses and made a commitment to do something about it.  At that point in time my recurring household living expenses were averaging $3,248.92/month.  Since then, quite a few changes were made which have brought those expenses down by an average of about $500/month and growing.  I continue and track these numbers here to better hold the Sutherland household (wife and dog included!) accountable.

Here is an overview of the process and where things now stand.

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Consumption and the Fulfillment Curve

I was recently listening to a ChooseFI podcast that highlighted financial independence OG, Vicki Robin, author of Your Money or Your Life (reviewed admirably by Paula Pant).  During the interview, I became fascinated her discussion of the "fulfillment curve", which is basically a graph created by Vicki and her co-author, Joe Dominguez, that maps the relationship of spending and happiness.  The chart hones in on the law of diminishing returns past a certain level of consumption.

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