Enough is Enough

I have a prob­lem. All my friends are awe­some. Now, on the list of prob­lems to have, this one is so minor that it bare­ly rates being list­ed as a prob­lem. How­ev­er, it both­ers me, so I’m count­ing it as a prob­lem. I’m blessed that I’m expend­ing brain pow­er on this, and not some oth­er press­ing issue like … Read more

Early Retirement: Everybody wants to be a bodybuilder, but…

Today’s guest post comes cour­tesy of the Ear­ly Retire­ment Dude. If you fre­quent the /r/financialindependence sub­red­dit, you might rec­og­nize him as a cool mod known as ER10years_throwaway! He FI/ER’d in 2005 at the ripe old age of  36. He made a very insight­ful com­ment and I asked him to expand upon it in a guest post. Take it away, … Read more

De-romanitizing Downsizing

Down­siz­ing sounds so nice as an abstract con­cept. You see arti­cles and posts writ­ten on it every­where you turn, it seems. “How one woman down­sized and moved to Paris for love” “How we down­sized into a tiny house” “How we went from 3000 sq. ft. to a 35 ft sail­boat” Sounds amaz­ing, right? Move into a small­er place, … Read more

A Letter to My 22 Year Old Self

Today’s post comes cour­tesy of Joel at FI180. Joel and I met at Camp Mus­tache SE this win­ter. Once I heard his sto­ry, I knew he had a lot of great words of wis­dom to share. Over the course of the week­end, we con­vinced him to start a blog to share his sto­ry. He and his wife will be FIRead more

Monthly Status Report: March 2017

Why do I do a month­ly sta­tus report? I find it best to do a month­ly sta­tus report for a few rea­sons. It helps me eval­u­ate how I did the pre­vi­ous month. Did I hit a tar­get reduc­tion in spend­ing or did I go way over bud­get for a par­tic­u­lar cat­e­go­ry? Did I earn more? What was my over­all sav­ings rate? It helps keep me account­able. How … Read more