Who Let That Lifestyle Creep In?

Frankly, we did – guilty as charged. Many of you may already know what Lifestyle Creep is. For those who don’t, it’s when your standard of living keeps pace with (or potentially exceeds) any increase in your household income. A funny thing happened on our way toward financial independence. After Continue Reading →

A Financial Fresh Start

For the past few years I have been volunteering my time co-hosting a financial literacy series at our local library in Crested Butte, Colorado. This program, called Common Cents for Colorado, was made possible by a grant from the FINRA Investor Education Foundation through Smart investing@your library®, a partnership with the Continue Reading →

The Voyage to Financial Independence

Given that it’s the dead of winter here in Colorado and I’m landlocked in a sea of white snow, I thought conjuring the image of a sailboat, preferably on blue Caribbean waters, would be a pleasant analogy for illustrating a path to financial independence. Imagine that you are the Captain Continue Reading →

Make Some, Save & Invest, Live on the Rest

For the initial blog post on Mark’s Money Mind, I thought it would best to give a quick introduction. My name is Mark Trautman and I live in Crested Butte, Colorado with my wife and daughter. I retired from full-time employment at the end of 2015 after a 28 year career Continue Reading →