Tweet As the current lease on our rented condo rolls towards the end of the contracted dates, some of our friends are asking us, once again, when we plan to stop renting and buy our next home. When I share my findings that renting is still cheaper than owning in our town, some suggest we […]


Tweet Note: This post is part of a series about how I became a millionaire. The series starts here. The most recent installment (my 30’s) is here. Happiness Is A Choice After exiting the growing real estate bubble by selling our home, our intention was to take a year-long travel adventure across America in a […]


Happy People Make More Money

by Millionaire Mommy Next Door on November 25, 2008

in Happiness,Making Money

Tweet I like to view Thanksgiving as a national celebration of gratitude. Three years ago on Thanksgiving Day, I started a new family tradition: I asked everyone present at the dinner table to share a few things they’re most grateful for and write them down on a colorful leaf cutout. Each year, I ask my […]


Is Your But Too Big?

by Millionaire Mommy Next Door on November 19, 2008

in Happiness,Inspiration,Success Principles

Tweet Do you have a big but problem? You’ll never be successful, happy and wealthy if your but is too big. Here, let me show you why… “But I have so little to offer.” “But I’m too scared.” “But I don’t have anything worthy to offer.” “But everyone in my life keeps bursting my bubble.” […]


How to Find Your Zingers

by Millionaire Mommy Next Door on November 13, 2008

in Happiness,How To Guide

Tweet I attended a writers’ retreat at a scenic guest ranch last weekend and had two days of blissful solitude to dedicate to writing. As the twelve other writers in attendance furiously tapped out world-record word counts, I barely managed to scribble one hundred incomplete sentences. If it sounds like a serious case of writer’s […]


How To Increase Your Financial Bliss

by Millionaire Mommy Next Door on November 6, 2008

in Happiness,How To Guide

Tweet Everyone needs food, shelter and clothing. But beyond basic survival needs, there is an endless array of money-hungry possibilities that can consume disposable income. Many let money slip through their fingers without giving much thought to the big picture. We often buy the latest and greatest stuff simply because our neighbors do; so we […]


How to Create a Treasure Map to a Rich Life

by Millionaire Mommy Next Door on October 28, 2008

in Happiness,How To Guide

Tweet If you had a million dollars and no debt, what would you do? At age 30 I paused long enough to ask myself this question. Just ten years later, my husband and I were completely debt-free and had a million dollars in the bank. How did this happen? We didn’t win the lottery, inherit […]