We Thought We Could Just Pack Up and Go…

We Thought We Could Just Pack Up and Go…

When we first sought out our new adventure, we thought we could basically just pack up and go.  I mean, you just sell everything and move to Panama, right? Ha!  Wishful thinking!  There’s a tremendous amount of planning involved to make this a smooth transition. I’ve talked about some of the minutiae we’ve encountered in our planning, but now it’s time for more scoop. And considering we’re about to embark on a huge adventure, I thought it would make sense to try to update everyone a little more frequently on how things are coming along. Sometimes I get caught up in trying to stick solely to money topics that I forget our readers also want to know what’s actually going

Guest Appearance on the What’s Up Next Podcast

Guest Appearance on the What's Up Next Podcast

The “What’s Up Next?” podcast is a little newer to the scene.  In fact, the first episode just came out in November of 2018. However, I’ve known Doc G from DiverseFI for a while and we finally had that opportunity at FinCon in Dallas last year.  It’s great to meet other bloggers in real life and Doc is no exception. He’s a great guy and we had some good conversation… and a few beers, of course! Anyway, a few months ago he asked if I wanted to be a part of the podcast he hosts with Paul Thompson.  Their podcast, What’s Up Next? is different than most of the other podcasts out there in that it’s panel-based. Doc G and

Estimated Self-Employment Tax Used to Scare Me!

Estimated Self-Employment Tax Used to Scare Me!

I’m just going to say it – I have three very small businesses that I’ve been running for years and I’ve never paid estimated self-employment tax payments. Ouch, for shame, for shame! That’s right, I’m a complete failure in that avenue.  And that could have cost me, too. If you owe $1,000 or more come tax day in April, you might be hit with a penalty by the IRS.  In essence, it’s an interest penalty on the difference of what you should have paid and what you actually paid. And guess who gets to decide what that interest rate is?  That’s right, the IRS does.  For the second quarter of 2019, they’ve decided that the rate for underpayments will be

Guest Appearance on the Marriage, Kids and Money Podcast

Guest Appearance on the Marriage, Kids and Money Podcast

I like Andy Hill from the Marriage, Kids and Money site a lot.  He’s a genuinely nice guy and I love that he focuses on finances as a family. I would guess that the majority of the folks we hear from in the personal finance community don’t have kids.  That doesn’t necessarily represent everyone tuning in, but the voices tend to be less. Enter Andy Hill.  Not only does he focus on improving family finances, but he loves to show that it definitely is possible to reach financial independence with kids. That’s an area I agree with wholeheartedly (obviously), but it’s also something I want others to know.  It’s not a matter of not being able to chase financial independence

Using Google Voice to Stay in Touch While Living Abroad

Using Google Voice to Stay in Touch While Living Abroad

Ever heard of Google Voice?  If not, know that this could be one of the best ways of staying in touch with family and friends while you’re living abroad. One of the small concerns we had was how to keep communication simple with everyone while we’re living in Panama.  When we get there, we’re going to get Panamanian cell service for our phones. The problem is that gives us a Panamanian phone number.  So if we call anyone in the U.S. or they call us, it’s an international call.  That means some potential extra money for each phone call… and we know I don’t like that! Plus, we have to ensure that everyone has our new number, which can also

An Interview with My Daughter about Our Crazy Plans

An Interview with My Daughter about Our Crazy Plans

We all know that everyone loves to hear from my daughter on here more than me.  So I thought that this time I’d bring her back as an interviewee. Most of you think that our plans to move out of the country later this year are pretty bold but cool (albeit, a little crazy). But the problem is that you’re only getting my perspective on our upcoming plans.  And I know a lot of you want to know what the rest of the family is thinking. So today, I’m presenting an interview I did with my daughter, Faith, to talk about our July plans as well as our upcoming move to Panama in August. Hopefully, I can get Mrs. R2R