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 … Read more…

Monthly Status Report: March 2016

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 … Read more…

Small Steps to Saving

I’ll be the first to tell you I have a problem with doing the dishes.  “uh, Gwen…? How are dishes related to saving for retirement?” I’m getting there. Go with the analogy flow for a second. Dishes. I hate doing them right after cooking. It’s bad enough I have to make my own food, but … Read more…

Questions to Ask About a New Job

The job hunting process. Isn’t it just the most fun thing you’ve ever done? What could possibly be better then endlessly making cover letters and throwing your resume at a million potential employers? Oh gee, Gwen, I don’t know, actually having a job? [sidenote: results not guaranteed for the resume throwing process. Better results come from gently … Read more…