Hi Money Geeks!


I’m Stephen!  I’m a construction project manager, and my wife Erica is an elementary art school teacher. We are both in our late 30’s and we have two kids under 10. Recently we’ve become FED UP with our lack of financial traction. We’re now on our 3 step plan which we follow for everyone to see at The FIRE Lane. We’ll change our lives from paycheck-to-paycheck to Financial Independence by 50 years old.

Thank you, Michael, for allowing me to host.  Without further ado, here is this week’s Best of the Web!


This Week’s Best of the Web


The Undisciplined Life Is Not Worth Living – Peerless Money Mentor


Jerry at the Peerless Money Mentor gives us a poignant view of Discipline in life.  Those without discipline are never going to fully achieve their goals.  Jerry looks at discipline from the stance of a writer, an athlete, and a gym-goer.  He also gives great advice for mastering discipline in your own life.


It’s a new year and the perfect time to make the decision to be Disciplined.


How To Set Goals You Might Actually Accomplish NextGen Wealth 


Every January we all, most of us at least, scour the web for articles on making improvements to our lives.  We want to lose weight, exercise more, drink less, spend more time with our family.  Many of us are searching the internet for ways to improve our Finances in 2019. 


If your resolution this year is to improve your finances this article at is a great place to start.


A guide to developing New Years Resolutions that *actually work*, in four steps – Think Save Retire


While we are on the subject of new years resolutions, Steve at Think Save Retire has a plan for writing them.  If you want your New Years Resolution to not be one of the 80% that fail by February you’ll want to think about the way you write it.

I’ll be following Steve’s advice when setting our annual goals this year.


10 Money Saving Benefits to Owning an Electric Car – The FIRE Lane

For the past 2 years, I’ve been driving a plug-in hybrid electric vehicle (PHEV).  I’ve learned a lot about electric car culture, the vehicles, and why individuals would want to own one.  I truly believe that there is a form of an electric car that will work for just about any individual.

Driving an electric vehicle will save you money.  Fuel savings are the obvious part.  Even though my Chevy Volt burns gas, I did not need to visit a gas station in December.  Do you know about all of the tax credits and perks that electric car buyers receive?

You might decide that owning an electric car is the right move for you to make in 2019.


My Geeky Fact


You might not know that I’m an avid collector of PEZ dispensers.  I’ve been collecting for a little over 20 years.  My collection has grown to 700+ dispensers which are no small effort to display properly.

My favorite dispensers are either the set of Star Trek: The Next Generation or the Disney Princesses. 

In the past 6 months, there has been a joint venture between Funko, creators of the POP vinyl collectibles, and PEZ.  The new dispensers being released are a Geek’s dream.  Nightmare Before Christmas, Hanna-Barbera, Doctor Who, and Golden Girls are all now PEZ dispensers.

Fun Fact: Did you know that PEZ is short for the German word for peppermint?  PfeffErminZ.


Recommended reading:

David S. Hogan: Actor, Producer, and Director Shares the Mindset Behind His Success

Review: Bird Box – Should it Have Been Kept in The Box or Freely Released For All to See?

Andrew Markus: Meet the Composer, Media Boss and Rocky Fan

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