Cold Brew Coffee to the Rescue: My Coffee Revelation

Cold Brew Coffee

Cold Brew to the Rescue: My Coffee Revelation

Hello folks! Thanks for stopping by The Green Swan. Coffee is often the subject of folks living the frugal life and that is no different for me and my wife, Lucy. Many frugalistas condemn paying for high priced coffee…yes we get it, that $4 latte every day over 30 years could alternatively compound with an 8% return and accumulate to over $165K! That’s no small potatoes!

Coffee is an easy expense target to cut, no doubt about that, but for the Swan household there is no way of avoiding its consumption. Just like any expense in our budget, it is closely scrutinized and evaluated; trying to find the perfect balance in consuming coffee on the cheap, while also enjoying our coffee (aka quality/premium coffee). Not all coffee is created equally, and we have come to like quality coffee!

I want to share a story today on how coffee has evolved for us and how we consume it on the cheap. And the new revelation…cold brew coffee to the rescue. Continue reading Cold Brew Coffee to the Rescue: My Coffee Revelation

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The Path to A Million: Finding the Elevator

Path to a Million

The Path to A Million: Finding the Elevator

Hello $wanigans! Thanks for stopping by The Green Swan. Today I will be sharing my path to a million. This post comes as a result of reader feedback asking me to share my story. As always, I love the feedback from readers and am delighted to respond to requests such as this. If other readers have a topic they wish to have discussed or more general feedback they’d like to share, don’t hesitate to leave comments or reach out directly via the Contact Page. I love the engagement from readers, so keep it up, and thanks again for motivating me to write this article. Continue reading The Path to A Million: Finding the Elevator

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Pricing Healthcare

Pricing Healthcare

Pricing Healthcare

Hello everyone! Welcome back to The Green Swan. Let’s talk today about healthcare and how difficult it is to know you are getting a fair price. I’ve run into this issue every time my wife, son or I have required medical care. I’m sure you have faced similar issues. Especially in today’s world where consumer-directed healthcare plans (i.e. high deductible health insurance) are becoming more and more common, it is important to price shop for the best healthcare options. Continue reading Pricing Healthcare

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College Tuition Estimate

College Tuition Estimate

College Tuition Estimate

Hello $wanigans! Welcome back to The Green Swan. One of my annual personal finance to-do projects is to evaluate my 529 accounts and my college tuition estimate. I’ve started this annual project shortly after my little one’s birth, just over two years ago. My second review of the estimates was completed in April 2015 around the time of his first birthday and I am overdue for my next re-assessment. I blame the blog…it has been a pretty huge time commitment for me in recent months! But with the urge from Kalie at Pretend to Be Poor who left a comment on a previous post regarding how I prepare my college tuition estimate, I have recently completed my annual review and am ready to share my version 3.0 of my College Tuition Estimate! Thanks for the push to get it done, Kalie! Continue reading College Tuition Estimate

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The Green Condor

The Green Condor

The Green Condor

Hello $wanigans! Thanks for checking out The Green Swan. Today I want to give an update on my small business venture with my siblings. For the sake of everyone’s privacy and to avoid calling it “my small business venture” all the time, I’ve coined the name “The Green Condor”, or “Condor” for short, to reference the business. Continue reading The Green Condor

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