Browsing tag: Early retirement

The habits of early retirees tend to be profoundly powerful, yet strangely simple. We all know that early retirees “save money” – that goes without saying. But what else? And how many of these lifestyle techniques could be picked up and mastered by anyone? Probably more than you think. These habits work, and work well. We practice […]

7 things those who will never retire say

Published May 23, 2016   Posted in Having some fun

“Lifers” say the darndest things. Those who will spend their entire productive lives robotically commuting into a cold and dreary office tend not to let themselves accept the possibility of retiring early. After all, it’s hard. It requires a lot. Or something… Here are some of my favorite “lifer” quotes and, of course, my response […]

The game show logic behind early retirement

Published March 30, 2016   Posted in Having some fun

Pretend that you are a contestant on a game show, and the host presents you with three doors. Behind one of the doors is a giant man-sized check for $1,000,000. Steaming piles of manure sit behind the other two, relentlessly festering a gawd-awful stench. The host then instructs you to pick one of the doors – A, […]
Remember my retirement renaissance article that got picked up by Business Insider a few months ago? I wrote about how fascinating the comments get when early retirement goes mainstream, but even within the finance community, things aren’t always as encouraging as you might expect. For example, check out this forum post about that article over on […]
A few weeks ago we received a comment to our September budget article from a young reader who was impressed with our plan of financial independence and early retirement, but quickly grew disappointed once she saw our relatively high income. It is true that my wife and I enjoy a fairly high level of income, […]
One of the more interesting aspects of early retirement and financial independence is when the concept goes mainstream online. The comments that these articles get are typically very, very negative through traditional media outlets, and I think that it demonstrates so vividly how tough it is for many among us to consider another way of life. […]
Hey guys and gals, I have a challenge for ya! We are all used to writing so much on our blogs that I thought it might be fun to get out of our comfort zones a bit and instead record a one minute soundbite about our retirement plans. Basically, your story in one minute. Here, […]
Here is a fun little problem that I never thought that we’d face just a couple years ago – our planned retirement date is so close, and my wife and I are so young, that it appears that my wife will be ineligible for Social Security, which she has judiciously funded for her entire working […]
In the first two parts of this article series, we discussed how your lifestyle affects your ability to retire early and examined a couple thought processes to help you make sense out of quitting the rat race and the financial considerations inherent in such a bold decision.  In the third and final post, I will talk […]
In the first post in this series, we discussed the essential elements of mastering your finances.  We briefly discussed the Trinity Study and the 4% safe withdrawal rate, and we took a hypothetical $800,000 investment portfolio and determined that withdrawing 6% every year leaves $48,000 to be spent.  In today’s post, let’s talk more about determining […]