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episode 43. Let's talk retirement!

Today's episode is a doozy! After chatting about a phenomenal day date we had (facilitated by College Nannies and Tutors - check them out here and let them know we sent you!) we discuss all things retirement! We got inspired by Kelsey becoming vested in her employer-based retirement account (YES!!), so we run through what it is, how to do it, and how to deal with threats to a good retirement plan. We also chat about 401Ks and pensions, personal savings and passive income, and Social Security. And we run through some ideas on how to strategize for long-term saving, even putting tomorrow's retirement planning in the context of today's crazy politics.

And, in One Big Thing, Kelsey like so many others is missing Richard Simmons, and Chris is lightly contemplating the fundamental structures of American democracy.

Oh, and to play along, check out these great resources. They'll help you think through your own retirement plans:

  • To set up a Social Security account so you can track your own contributions and estimated pay-outs, go here.
  • To check out Vanguard's excellent index funds, which is our main non-employer based long-term savings, visit this site.
  • To learn about 401Ks and 403Bs, here's a quick little explanation.


episode 42. Spherical living

In this episode, we chat about the joys of having no weekend plans, Apple TV, and delicious desserts.

In Money, we offer a snapshot into our bank accounts, giving you all our balances down to the dollar as well as where we're at with our major savings goal (you can see a breakdown of our budget here). And we chat about shrinking our 'sphere of living,' trying to minimize the distance we have to travel to get to the places we need to go day in and day out.

Finally, in One Big Thing, Chris chats about Warren Buffett and his incredible bet with a hedge fund manage proving definitely that passively managed funds are the MAJOR winner against actively managed funds (you can learn more in this Forbes article). And Kelsey talks about how enjoyable it is to let Facebook fade into the background of life.