The future of health insurance looks pretty scary these days, especially if, like us, you’ve been buying insurance through the Affordable Care Act. Like a lot of people, we’re weighing our future options. Should one of us end our semi-retired status and go look for work with benefits? Try to combine a catastrophic plan, a […]
Last night, Little Bit (my six year-old daughter, who as some of you have pointed out is not so little anymore) snuggled up next to me on the couch. She said, “I’m gonna sing.” I expected Kelly Clarkson tunes, or maybe Katy Perry. Instead, she burst out in a self-composed ditty: Girls can do anything […]
Welcome to our State of the Blog report for February 2017, the month we more or less took off to go fishing. Okay, so I didn’t so much go fishing as hibernate for a while. I’ve been struggling for a while with stress, maybe even depression. I’m not sure what’s going on, but I did […]
For the first time in a long time, I didn’t write an article last week. Jon wrote about our water heater not exploding, then offered to do a second article on cleaning out the water heater for Revanche of A Gai Shan Life. Even though said second article never materialized, I can’t tell you how […]
Almost 30 years ago, Robert Fulghum wrote a book called All I Really Need to Know I learned in Kindergarten: Uncommon Thoughts on Common Things. This lovely little book put forth the idea that most of our training for a good life comes very early in our experiences Now that I have a first grader of […]
Does Valentine’s Day seem frivolous? After all, movies and television show us over and over again that Valentine’s Day is supposed to be a day for cards, candies, and flowers. Possibly champagne and dancing. Most people don’t associate Valentine’s Day with words like practical. But I knew on our first Valentine’s Day together that Jon […]
Welcome to our State of the Blog report for January 2017. In our monthly wrap up, we’ll talk blog fatigue, a giveaway jar dilemma, and the to-do list. We’ll even wrap up our No-Spend January Challenge. January came in with a bang (and an ice storm). After that, Little Bit suffered an ear infection, and […]
In our December State of the Blog update, I mentioned Jon and I decided to give Sling TV a whirl. We’ve had Sling for a month, now, and I thought I’d let you know how we like it. Short Answer: We like it a lot and we’ll be keeping it for the foreseeable future. Our Cord-Cutting Story […]
Our motto here at John & Jane Doe is “Getting it Together Financially in the Prime of Life.” As that implies, even in my forties I’m still learning money best practices, and I have screw ups I want to share so that other people can avoid my mistakes.
With that in mind, I have a confession to make:
I have paid way too much in mutual fund fees, all because I took way too long to jump on the index fund train.