Numbers Afterword

December 14th, 2009

These numbers are one set of steps to reaching a Goal: Living life like Pookah. This is not the only process. It also may not be the best process for YOU. Your mind works different from mine. Your life is different from mine. Feel free to modify these steps as you need, and as you learn. Your numbers may end up being higher or lower than what I’ve written about here. That’s OK, so long as you understand WHY they are higher or lower.
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Goal: Numbers – Q&A

December 10th, 2009

I hope you have already read all the posts about the Five Numbers. Here are some questions and answers:

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Goal: Your Fifth Number

December 7th, 2009

If you haven’t read about your first four numbers, go do it now.

Now for the Fifth Number.

This is firmly in Pookah Finances 301. It is your long-term goal. This is the amount of post-tax income you need to maintain a debt-free, comfortable, meeting the first four numbers, lifestyle that can tolerate the expense of a heart attack or two.
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Goal: Your Fourth Number

December 3rd, 2009

I’ve already posted about your First, Second, and Third Numbers.

Here’s your fourth number:
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Goal: Your Third Number

November 30th, 2009

Alright, I’ve posted about your First Number and your Second Number. These numbers are a path to financial stability and success.

Here’s your Third Number:
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Goal: Your Second Number

November 27th, 2009

In this post, I talked about your First Number – the Emergency Fund. Achieving this number is critical to your financial success. And yes, I do think that you must achieve this number first.

Here’s your second number:

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Goals: Your First Number

November 25th, 2009

I’ve been away for a while. Part of that has been due to Real Life. Most of it is due to a realization that I had to develop, research, and test. That realization is this article, broken up into four posts.

“They” say that you need to pay yourself first by saving %10 of your income.

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Crockpottery

September 30th, 2009

As in “crockpots”, not “crackpots”.

I am once again reminded of the incredible ease, efficiency, frugality, and usefulness of a chest-type freezer + crockpot combination.

S.O. caught a nasty bug, and is down for the count. Leaving yours truly to act the part of Knuckledragger. (I.E. Take care of S.O.)

Leaving one person to take care of an entire pile of rocksĀ  + primordial scrub is a LOT of work.

Here’s how we make it easier:
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Keep Your Family Close

September 23rd, 2009

Your family is either your best financial ally or your worst financial enemy.

Your family can help you out when times are tough – and they are very tough right now.
Ten bucks from three different family members can feed you for a month.
A couple of hours of familial babysitting gives parents some much-needed time together, gives the relative a lot of fun with the next generation, and gives kidlet(s) a break with a loved one who can spoil them appropriately.
Your family can add stability to your life.
You can add stability to your family’s lives.
You and your family can trade advice, stories, ideas, cooking, tools, and so many other things.

Hand-me-downs work great!

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Multitasking for Dummies

August 28th, 2009

I have been conducting an on-again, off-again study of my own performance with multitasking.

Bottom line: It sucks.
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