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The cost/benefit analysis of having a cat (as if I need to do one)

Junior and I are cat people, and we find ourselves now without a cat for the first time since he was born. After an illness that didn’t respond to treatment, we sent our 17 year-old cat across the rainbow bridge to Valhalla last year, which was a difficult time for all involved. For the most part I found that having a cat wasn’t terribly expensive (until he got sick in his older years), but now that I’m thinking of getting another, I decided to take some time to think it through.

So here it is—the cost/benefit analysis of having a cat.

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a sandwich for those who say there is no such thing as a free lunch

Mythie McMythface strikes again: “No such thing as a free lunch”

How often have you heard it? There is no such thing as a free lunch. Thanks, Uncle Bob, for your priceless pearls of wisdom. But you’re wrong.

When you’re on your way to FI, then you start sniffing out all the free lunches you possibly can. Like, literally.

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Financial Independence: The Fruit Factor

When I heard the term “financial independence” earlier in my life, here is what I heard: “wealthy.” I equated being financially independent with being wealthy. And “wealthy” was not a word I ever considered as a possibility for myself.

“Wealthy” was a person who was born into money.

“Wealthy” was a person who inherited money.

“Wealthy” was a person who started a successful business.

“Wealthy” was someone who made the rules. Who could fly off to a remote locale and sip cocktails on the beach while yelling into his cell phone “BUY! BUY! BUY!”

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