• Home Shopping: Comparing Prices

    Home Shopping: Comparing Properties – Apples to Oranges


    In 2013 my company moved our entire office from Santa Monica to Austin. This post is part of a series about things we learned while being first-time home buyers. In 2013 we were moving cities (compliments of Mr. Employer), and we decided we should explore buying a place of our…

  • Does Your Budget Have a Bike Lane?

    Does Your Budget Have a Bike Lane?


    Budgets help direct our spending, but by nature they constrain us. While that doesn’t sound very fun, these restrictions are for a good cause. By voluntarily limiting short-term spending, we can stay out of financial trouble and work toward achieving longer-term financial goals. Though it sounds contradictory, we achieve financial…

  • Financial Books

    Reading Rainbow: Finance Edition


    I don’t like to read. Well, at least I didn’t. In hindsight, this is probably a good reason why I struggled in high school (along with that not doing homework thing). The Great Gatsby?! Ugh, spare me. That was all until I discovered a subject matter I could get into:…

  • 24 vs. 26

    24 vs. 26


    Few events in life will have farther reaching financial implications than if/when you change employers. Things like healthcare costs and retirement contributions are but a few items that should be carefully considered before making such a move. Hopefully the jump to greener pastures also includes a raise! I switched jobs…

  • Tyler Introduction

    Hey, I’m Tyler!


    Greetings from the Lone Star State! I’m Tyler. I’ve been a longtime OFB reader and have had an even longer interest in personal finance. My wife hails from Hawaii, and I’m a Southern California native. We met at school in Utah, and we have spent time living in Hawaii, New…