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    Mr. Money Mustache

  • VideoLessons From the Badass Muscular Neurobiologist
    Have you ever noticed that as a whole, our society has its daily habits almost completely backwards? We’re generally so “busy” that we don’t have time to get much exercise. And then we spend countless sedentary hours sitting in our cars each week because we think that car driving saves... Read more »
  • It’s Get Smart With Money Day!
    Let’s jump right to the real news here: There’s a Netflix documentary that just came out TODAY* called Get Smart With Money Somehow old Mr. Money Mustache and several friends got lured into playing a role in making it. And I’m very happy with the results! And you can watch... Read more »
  • Why You’ll Probably Never Run Out Of Money
    As strange as it may sound, earning financial freedom is a lot easier for certain people than claiming that freedom once they have earned it. And if the following statement rings true to you, you may be suffering from this same hardship: “I think I’m close to having enough money... Read more »
  • VideoWhich is Safer: Rental Houses or Stock Investments? (a Case Study)
    During our recent discussion on Inflation, a Badass reader stopped by and caught my attention by dropping the following block of wisdom into the comments section:  “A final note if you are worried about inflation: sledgehammer the TV and go for a walk in the woods. Trees get bigger every... Read more »
  • Finally, a Stock Market Crash!
    Well, that was kinda sudden! In the three months or so since we last spoke, the world has become an entirely different place – at least for those of us who keep up with any sort of international, financial or stock market news.  The headlines are new, and the problems... Read more »
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    Financial Independence / Retire Early

  • Daily FI discussion thread - Thursday, October 06, 2022
    Please use this thread to have discussions which you don't feel warrant a new post to the sub. While the Rules for posting questions on the basics of personal finance/investing topics are relaxed a little bit here, the rules against memes/spam/self-promotion/excessive rudeness/politics still apply! Have a look at the FAQ... Read more »
  • Early Retirement Now proposes an improved CAPE ratio
    New blog post by ERN that I think is worth discussing at a top level here: https://earlyretirementnow.com/2022/10/05/building-a-better-cape-ratio/#more-71916 For those that have followed the ERN blog and his safe withdrawal rate series, you'll know that he is a big proponent that we should consider current market valuations when evaluating safe withdrawal... Read more »
  • Weekly Self-Promotion Thread - Wednesday, October 05, 2022
    Self-promotion (ie posting about projects/businesses that you operate and can profit from) is typically a practice that is discouraged in /r/financialindependence, and these posts are removed through moderation. This is a thread where those rules do not apply. However, please do not post referral links in this thread. Use this... Read more »
  • Daily FI discussion thread - Wednesday, October 05, 2022
    Please use this thread to have discussions which you don't feel warrant a new post to the sub. While the Rules for posting questions on the basics of personal finance/investing topics are relaxed a little bit here, the rules against memes/spam/self-promotion/excessive rudeness/politics still apply! Have a look at the FAQ... Read more »
  • Realizing capital gains to make minimum yearly income?
    I'm in my first year post-FIRE and utilizing MA's ACA health insurance. My understanding is that if my income is below 138% FPL (around $19k) then I will be bumped off my current plan onto MassHealth (MA's medicaid) which is a much more restrictive plan. So, I want to make... Read more »
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    Early Retirement Extreme

  • Where does determination come from?
    Determination has many names. Some call it heart. Fighters call it hunger. Grit is another name for it. Aside from very few pursuits whether other talents such as excessive brains, beauty, or physical stature wins the day, determination is in my opinion the most important variable that determines whether someone... Read more »
  • Bloggers should communicate their personal opinions
    I do not recall anyone having ever informed me that they disagree with me on some issue and that they therefore will unsubscribe from my blog(*). Yet, it is something I see from time to time on large blogs. (*) Perhaps my blog is too small. It seems that there... Read more »
  • VideoThe happiest people on Earth
    Recently there was a feature on Oprah showing Denmark having the happiest people on Earth. I am a Dane, but in retrospect I was never too happy living there. I now live in the US. Obviously, there are some aspects I prefer about Denmark compared to the US such as... Read more »
  • Slaying the “I might need it someday”-monster
    The following was a consequence not so much of a brilliant insight but more of external circumstances. When we moved into the RV, we obviously didn’t have a lot of space(*), so many things were packed into moving boxes and stored outside in the garden shed. (*) Although I think... Read more »
  • Slaying the “enough” dragon
    From the forums, landedgentry13 said: …I have often fallen victim to the “just one more…” virus. If I’m earning 40k in passive income, I tell myself that I’ll be content at 60k. If I have x number of investments, I’ll be content with y number of investments. If I can... Read more »
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    Go Curry Cracker!

  • Investing our Mortgage – 1-Year Update
    About a year ago we bought a house, paid in full with cash. Then I got a small mortgage as an inflation hedge and to invest for fun and profit (or loss.) We used a chunk of the mortgage to fund moving expenses and to acquire all of the typical home... Read more »
  • Award Travel Series – Disneyland
    Advertiser Disclosure: This site is part of an affiliate sales network and receives compensation for sending traffic to partner sites, such as CardRatings.com. This compensation may impact how and where links appear on this site. This site does not include all financial companies or all available financial offers. Opinions, reviews, analyses &... Read more »
  • Cash Flow Adventures
    Earlier this summer I found myself in need of $75,000 in cash that I didn’t have. Finding $75,000 in a tax-friendly / investment-friendly / retirement friendly way created some cash flow adventures. Cash Flow Adventures (in early retirement) Many years ago I shared an example of Cash Flow Management in Early... Read more »
  • Mortgages, Home Equity, and Retirement Spending
    “Is home equity included in net worth when calculating a retirement budget?” “Is having a mortgage in retirement risky?” “Was it a good idea for you (Go Curry Cracker) to get a mortgage?” These questions (and others of a similar genre) are amongst the more popular we have received over... Read more »
  • Working With Wood
    Prior to this time a year ago, I had never purchased lumber in my life. But then I walked into one of those big box home improvement stores to purchase some outdoor furniture for the deck and the pool, and I was blown away by how poorly all of that... Read more »
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    1500 Days to Freedom

  • Project House Update 2: Better With Friends
    Welcome to Update 2 on our project house remodel! See the first post here. With almost every home project I’ve done, I’ve worked alone. This is good and bad: The Good Quiet meditation time: I’m an introvert, so I don’t mind hanging out with myself all day. I get to... Read more »
  • Oops I Did It Again
    When Mindy and I first moved to Colorado, we spent $400,000 on a nice house. We had just completed a huge remodel and wanted a place that didn’t need any work. We’d enjoy Colorado life. But we weren’t happy with our new neighborhood. Many of our neighbors didn’t share our... Read more »
  • The Real You, Mile High FI, Orlando, And Dinosaurs
    Hey, I’ll be in Orlando this week! Perhaps I’ll see you there? Read on! I started writing this blog to amuse myself. I never thought anyone would read it. I also didn’t care. I liked to write and this exercise would be a way to work through my thoughts on... Read more »
  • Performance Update (July): Dunno.
    My main goal* was to build an investment and cash portfolio of $1,120,000* ($1,000,000 to retire on and $120,000 to pay off the house) in 1500 days**, starting from 1/1/2013 and ending in February of 2017. I made my goal in 2016, my 1500 Days are over, and I’ve left my job. In the interest of... Read more »
  • Have You Tried To Buy An EV Lately?
    Readers of this blog will know I’m a fan of Tesla. I bought the stock back in 2012 on a silly whim and it became a super-rare, super-lucky, super-unicorn purchase. Some of my shares are up 15,000%. I expect Tesla’s future to be bright as the world moves to electric... Read more »
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    Mad Fientist

  • Why I’m Appreciating FI More Than Ever Now
    Thanks to a huge life event, I'm appreciating the benefits of financial independence and early retirement more than ever! Read more → The post Why I’m Appreciating FI More Than Ever Now appeared first on Mad Fientist.... Read more »
  • mp3The Best Advice from Mr. Money Mustache
    To celebrate the 10-year anniversary of the Financial Independence Podcast, here are the highlights from my first guest - Mr. Money Mustache! Read more → The post The Best Advice from Mr. Money Mustache appeared first on Mad Fientist.... Read more »
  • mp3Aime to Invest – From Bankruptcy to FI in 8 Years
    Patrick Aime from Aime to Invest shares the important lessons he learned on his rollercoaster journey from bankruptcy to FI millionaire! Read more → The post Aime to Invest – From Bankruptcy to FI in 8 Years appeared first on Mad Fientist.... Read more »
  • mp3The Escape Artist – FIRE in the UK
    The Escape Artist joins me on the Financial Independence Podcast to talk about pursuing FIRE in the United Kingdom! Read more → The post The Escape Artist – FIRE in the UK appeared first on Mad Fientist.... Read more »
  • mp3Bogleheads – Life After FIRE
    I joined a virtual Bogleheads meeting to talk about life after financial independence and early retirement! Read more → The post Bogleheads – Life After FIRE appeared first on Mad Fientist.... Read more »
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    Millennial Revolution

  • VideoLet’s Go Exploring! Plitvice and Split: Croatian History More Epic Than Game of Thrones
    It’s hard to be in a bad mood when you’re surrounded by a wonderland of pure joy that looks like this: But somehow, I managed to do it. The cause? I’ll get to that in a minute. We ended up in this slice of paradise that Wanderer affectionately refers to... Read more »
  • Reader Case: Should I Rollover my 401(K)?
    Before we get started on today’s reader case, we just wanted to let you know that we’ll be attending the Travel Summit in Toronto from Oct 28-29, 2022! If want to come, you can use our affiliate code “MILLENNIAL” to get $50 off: https://thetravelsummit.com/#tickets Now onward to the reader case!... Read more »
  • Meet Billy and Akaisha, Who FIRE’d 30 years ago!  Part 2
    Continuing from where we left off last week, let’s find out from Billy and Akaisha about their housing situation and healthcare: 9)  You mentioned on your blog that when you’re not travelling, you’re home basing it at your “manufactured home.” What is that and how is it different from a house or condo?... Read more »
  • Meet Billy and Akaisha, Who FIRE’d 30 years ago!
    One of the biggest criticisms of the FIRE movement is how we can’t possibly know if this financial strategy will work in 30-50 years, given all the unexpected calamities that life can throw at us. We’ve lived through 5 bear markets now through the past 7 years of retirement, but... Read more »
  • Chautauqua is Back, Baby!
    Hello there, internet! We are writing this from Villa de Leyva in Colombia where, after an excruciatingly long involuntary hiatus caused by…you guessed it, COVID-19, Chautauqua has finally returned in 2022! The pandemic disrupted all our lives in a profound way, and for two years it seemed like the long-promised... Read more »
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    Can I Retire Yet?

  • September 2022 Best of the Web
    The year long trend of high inflation and rising interest rates continued this month. As much as we would all like the magic bullet to fix these issues, there is not a lot that we can do. These systemic issues continue to impact all asset classes and those who invest... Read more »
  • Beyond Insurance: Strategies to Manage Risk
    Risk management fascinates me. I shared my intuitive approach for managing risks in the insurance chapter of the Choose FI book. The approach I describe classifies risks into four quadrants to evaluate insurance needs. Each quadrant is based on the probability of a negative event and the impact if a... Read more »
  • What If You Can’t Retire Yet?
    Can I Retire Yet? It is pretty safe to assume that if you are reading this blog you have an interest in answering that question. There are common themes that cause people to start asking. Many of us feel the tension of never having enough time for the things we want to... Read more »
  • August 2022 Best of the Web
    This month, I have some fantastic resources to help you save more, invest smarter and retire sooner. More importantly, they include valuable wisdom to use those tools to live your best life. We’ll learn from the mistakes of others, examine the surprising spending patterns of early retirees, and explore important... Read more »
  • Maximize ACA Subsidies and Minimize Health Insurance Costs
    There are three main challenges to buying health insurance as an individual: The high cost of our medical system The complexity of understanding and navigating the system Political instability that makes long term planning virtually impossible. Each of those dynamics changed significantly, if only temporarily, in 2021 with passage of... Read more »
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    Root of Good

  • September 2022 Early Retirement Update
    Welcome back to another glimpse into my early retired lifestyle. In September, I enjoyed the slower pace of life at home in Raleigh after a busy summer traveling across Eastern Europe. We worked on some more travel planning for winter of 2022 and summer of 2023 (more on that below).... Read more »
  • August 2022 Early Retirement Update
    Time for a look back at what we were up to last month! We started the month of August in the city of Eger in the east of Hungary. Once our weeklong stay in Eger wrapped up, we headed west to Budapest where our 2 month European vacation would end... Read more »
  • July 2022 Early Retirement Update – Alpine Rivers, Lakes, and Mountains Edition
    We made it back home! We've been back in the USA for a few days and now that the dust has settled, I'm here to recap the last month of our early retirement adventures. During July, we spent a week in Croatia. The we departed Croatia where we spent almost... Read more »
  • June 2022 Early Retirement Update – Cheers from Europe Edition
    After a busy month of traveling in Europe, I finally have a pause in the schedule to pull together another monthly update. We spent the first three weeks of our vacation in Croatia. Then we traveled a couple of hours north where we stayed in the middle of the Julian... Read more »
  • May 2022 Early Retirement Update – See Ya Later, America! Edition
    Ok folks, it's June and the year is almost half over. Where does all the time go?  May was another busy but fun month for us. We celebrated some birthdays with family. We went on a cruise. Our kids have finished another successful year of school. And next week we... Read more »
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    Frugalwoods

  • The Clothes I Wear For Comfort and Confidence
    Last month I shared a journey through the recesses of my brain, or at least, the clothing and appearance-related recesses of my brain. If you haven’t read that post yet, I recommend you go there first since today’s article is the second in this mini-series. Today I’ll take you on... Read more »
  • Reader Case Study: Looking For Less Stress and Lower Spending
    Laura and her husband Sam live in Virginia with their two young children and one dog. Sam works for the federal government in a law enforcement capacity and Laura works as a full-time stay-at-home parent. Sam is eligible for retirement (with full benefits) in nine years, but the stress of... Read more »
  • Introducing Private Reader Case Studies!
    I’m starting something new, people! I love helping folks with their money, so I’m going to do more of it. Starting today, you can schedule a one-on-one Private Reader Case Study with me. These consultations will bear a striking resemblance to my on-the-blog Reader Case Studies, but will be confidential,... Read more »
  • Reader Case Study: Fix the Fixer Upper or Move On?
    Elisabeth and her husband James live in New Hampshire with their two young sons. James works as an architect and Elisabeth is a private reading tutor for students with dyslexia. The couple live near Elisabeth’s extended family, which is perfect. What’s not quite so perfect is their fixer-upper home. They’ve... Read more »
  • Doggie Doppelgänger And Other August 2022 Expenses
    Birthday Brewery Bash! Mr. FW celebrated his 39th birthday in August and my in-laws graciously kept our children for three days (and two nights!!!!)! We decided against traveling this year–last year we went kid-free to Cambridge, MA–and instead stay-cationed it up. When I asked my husband what kind of cake... Read more »
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    JLCollinsnh

  • The Price of Security
    Photo courtesy of Billy Kaderli “Funny, no one has a crystal ball, no one knows the future but all say the stock market WILL go up in the future. Maybe we’re the generation that our kids will also look and say: ‘They gambled everything in the stock market thinking it... Read more »
  • Case Study #17: Buying into the market right before a Bear
    Photo by anvesh baru If you are surprised to see two “case study” posts from me in a row, your reaction is no more than my own. For the last one it could be charged that I succumbed to flattery and bribery in taking it on. No case to be... Read more »
  • Case Study #16: Helping dad with an inheritance
    Photo courtesy of Van Trapp Farmstead It has been a long time since we’ve done a Case Study around here, but recently I responded to an email that feels like a good one to share with you. It reflects an interesting dilemma and it allows me to, mildly at least,... Read more »
  • Just inked a contract for my next book, and I want you to be a part of it!
      I’ve some very exciting news to share with you today. I just inked a deal with Harriman House to publish my third book. Its working title is: PATHFINDERS: Travelers’s Tale on the Simple Path to Wealth and… I’d like you to be a part of it! If that’s all... Read more »
  • The Dinky Diner
    It is 2008. Imagine you are a woman alone on a road trip. Passing through the center of Nevada, a fairly desolate place,  your car breaks down just outside of this town… You have no way of knowing it just yet, but this was once the largest city in Nevada.... Read more »
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    Mr. Free At 33

  • Undervalued Dividend Growth Stock Of The Week
    Every Sunday, I uncover a high-quality dividend growth stock that appears to be undervalued. These pieces are published at Daily Trade Alert, which is a site that focuses on dividend growth investing, stocks, and unique investment opportunities. I’ve been writing for them for years now, and they’re just great over... Read more »
  • 5 Top Stocks To Buy In October 2022! (Beat The Recession)
    Looking to take advantage of extreme market volatility? Like cheaper prices, higher yields, and greater long-term total return potential? Want to know my top five stocks for October 2022? Then you have to check out today’s video. For more on my top five dividend growth stocks for October 2022, check... Read more »
  • This Stock’s Valuation Is More Attractive Now Than It’s Been In Years
    Want to be a shareholder in a world-class business benefiting from secular growth? Looking for a market-beating yield and double-digit dividend growth? Like the idea of buying a high-quality dividend growth stock after it’s plummeted by more than 30%? Then you have to check out today’s video. For more on... Read more »
  • Undervalued Dividend Growth Stock Of The Week
    Every Sunday, I uncover a high-quality dividend growth stock that appears to be undervalued. These pieces are published at Daily Trade Alert, which is a site that focuses on dividend growth investing, stocks, and unique investment opportunities. I’ve been writing for them for years now, and they’re just great over... Read more »
  • This Dividend Stock’s Price Has Been Cut In Half!
    Like the idea of buying a stock after it’s seen its price cut in half? Looking for market-beating dividend income that’s been compounding at a rate of nearly 15% per year? Want a great deal on a high-quality dividend growth stock that looks significantly undervalued? Then you have to check... Read more »



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    Fiery Millennials

  • Reflections on a Promotion and a Raise
    Gwen reflects on the experience of getting her first internal promotion and raise!... Read more »
  • Road Trip 2022: The Power of Community
    I have never been more grateful to have a powerful community behind me than when things go sideways.  I wrote previously that I was very honored and excited to get to speak at this year’s Chautauqua in Ecuador. I was honored and excited right up until it got cancelled roughly... Read more »
  • Navigating the Archaic, Convoluted, Confusing, and Utterly Enraging 401(k) Rollover Process
    I have attempted to rollover my prior 401(k) accounts in the past few weeks. As you can tell from the title, everything has gone smoothly and easily. HA! Just kidding. It’s been awful. Fortunately for all of you, I took detailed notes on the whole process. If any Vanguard or... Read more »
  • A Cash Crunch and Crisis of Self
    I recently went through a cash crunch. It was not something I’d care to repeat anytime soon.  No matter what I did, I couldn’t get the math to work out. 4200 minus 2000 always equaled 2200. I’m pretty good at math and yet I was being defeated by 2nd-grade math.... Read more »
  • Financial Headwinds on the Path to FI
    I’ve been seeing some thoughts pop up on Twitter over the last few months that have sparked an idea in my brain. Obviously, everyone’s journey to Financial Independence will look different. But what are some of the ways our paths differ? Our journeys are different because we’re all facing different... Read more »
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    Jillian Johnsrud

  • The Roads Not Taken
    “What’s an opportunity or pursuit that you passed on earlier in life, but if the opportunity came again, you would consider taking it?”  This is a question I contemplated a lot during our last three-month road trip. And this year, while I’m working a max of 8 hours a week,... Read more »
  • How to Avoid Early Retirement Failure
    While life might be like a box of chocolates, I’d say it’s more like a garden box. We each have a specific and finite amount of time and space to grow what matters to us. There is often a work plant, a family one, friends, hobbies, or interests. At any... Read more »
  • Get Started Investing
    Getting started investing can feel overwhelming. Investing for retirement can seem impossible. You might need one to two million dollars to retire comfortably. When you hardly ever have an extra few thousand, a million dollars seems like a made-up, laughable number.  The power of compound interest is truly mind-boggling! In... Read more »
  • Planning a mini-retirement with kids
    My family of 7 just returned from a 12-week road trip in our 26-foot camper. Planning this kind of trip can be overwhelming. There are so many unknowns and complications to work through. Large adventures with kids in tow (ages 14, 13, 9, 8, and 6), seem wonderful in theory,... Read more »
  • How the Greatest Entrepreneurs Deal with Imposter Syndrome
    Entrepreneur Magazine’s editor-in-chief, Jason Feifer, joins Jillian to give practical advice on how the greatest entrepreneurs deal with imposter syndrome.  Listen here at Libsyn, Apple, Castbox, Spotify, or your favorite player. There is no one correct answer when it comes to creating boundaries between your identity and your work. Some need significant separation, while... Read more »
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    Done by Forty

  • VideoHoops for the Poor
    It's tax time. That means it's time to wait anxiously for the mail each day, hoping that final W2 or 1099 will show up, and we finance weirdos can start in on the fun of entering figures into our favorite tax software.I know I'm not the only one who enjoys... Read more »
  • Solar Panels or an Electric Vehicle?
    SourceLast week we noodled over which electric vehicle might replace one of the two gas burning cars in our garage right now. But I was underwhelmed by how little cost or even environmental savings would be gained from most of the options. The new EVs wouldn't break on costs for hundreds... Read more »
  • VideoNoodling Electric Vehicles
    SourceI'm in the middle of Wallet Activism right now and it's changing the way I think about things. How we spend our money, sure. But also how we think about things. How do we make decisions, even with things that are free (or "free"). When I click on the free shipping... Read more »
  • VideoWay Too Transparent: All the Money We've Made (2022 update)
    Source.Another year in the books, another year of the pandemic to endure. Welcome to 2022, what promises to be the longest seventy three months in memory. Supply chains are stretched, we've collectively stopped trying to avoid giving each other COVID, inflation is rampant, and Tom Brady will win another Super Bowl... Read more »
  • Mediocre Advice for Dads Who Somehow Know Less Than Me
    When I first left work, I imagined I'd be writing multiple posts a week again like I did in the early years of the blog. Without the forty hours and ongoing stress of corporate employment, I'd be able to write a post on Monday and another mid-week, for sure.As usual,... Read more »
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    The Golden Albatross

  • This Is Your Pension On Inflation
    Even in the scenario with the largest pension, once Don's pension starts, it goes from covering all the family's retirement spending to roughly one-third by the 49th year. That's a giant swing downward due to inflation! The post This Is Your Pension On Inflation appeared first on The Golden Albatross.... Read more »
  • The Pension Couch: Replacing Pension Income
    If I leave now, how much would I have to save each month for the next six years to replace the difference I am losing? The post The Pension Couch: Replacing Pension Income appeared first on The Golden Albatross.... Read more »
  • The Pension Series (Part 31): Grumpus Maximization
    Pension Maximization Part Deux This post is a direct continuation of Pension Series Part 30. In that article, I introduced my general framework for maximizing your defined benefit (DB) pension, which I call Grumpus Maximization. I also walked through the first two steps of Grumpus Maximization, which were (1) setting... Read more »
  • The Pension Series (Part 30): Pension Maximization
    Pension maximization ensures your pension's positive impact in retirement is as significant as possible. You maximize your pension by taking active steps during your pensionable career. The post The Pension Series (Part 30): Pension Maximization appeared first on The Golden Albatross.... Read more »
  • The Pension Series (Part 6): Valuing Pension Subsidized Healthcare (Updated)
    I’m not afraid to say while updating this article, my thinking evolved on the importance a pensionable worker should place on their pension subsidized healthcare. It’s no longer the all-important monolith I once thought. The post The Pension Series (Part 6): Valuing Pension Subsidized Healthcare (Updated) appeared first on The... Read more »
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    ChooseFI

  • mp3397 | Securing Your Financial Life
    In this episode: cybersecurity, password managers, two-factor authentication, safely navigating the internet, and more hot-seat questions! Have you ever considered how secure your finances are in the modern world? Within the cyber-dominated world we are all living in, it can be tough to stay on top of updates, passwords, and... Read more »
  • mp3396 | The Valuist | Bo Loy
    In this episode: evolution, knowing the rules, making purposeful decisions, automation, and the return of the hot seat! In the advent of making money, oftentimes we can find ourselves torn between a state of over-saving through budgeting and cutting expenses, and over spending just because we have the means to.... Read more »
  • mp3395 | The Debtist Finds Balance in FI
    In this episode: student loans, the impact of knowing, navigating the pandemic, the power of planning, and the freedom of FI! Tens of millions of people deal with student loan debt, and even with the recent news of loan forgiveness, there are still many who are left unequipped with the... Read more »
  • mp3394 | From Blood Cancer to Boston Marathon | Boyd Dunleavey
    In this episode: resilience, making good choices, letting go of limiting beliefs, attracting the energy you put out, and winning at life! What would you do if you were given a terminal cancer diagnosis? While it might not be the first thing that comes to mind, if you're able, the... Read more »
  • mp3393 |Travel Rewards Refresher 2022 | Lyn Mettler
    In this episode: Travel Rewards, Credit Cards, and The Value of Rewards Points. We all know that it can be expensive to travel, and sometimes the joy and excitement of taking that long-awaited family vacation can be overshadowed by the cost of taking the trip. But what if there was... Read more »



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    The Frugal Vagabond

  • Retire Early in France – Without All The Tax
    We recently declared ourselves Financially Independent, which is definitely a weird and uncertain feeling. We'll likely wait a couple more years to retire early, add to our FIREhouse (ha!) savings, and augment our early retirement travel budget a bit. Even though RE is a still a little ways out, we've... Read more »
  • Getting a Spanish Driver’s License
    Getting a Spanish Driver's License is intimidating. I'll break down each step of the process and help you get on the road with your very own EU license. The post Getting a Spanish Driver’s License appeared first on The Frugal Vagabond.... Read more »
  • Living Abroad: Five Essential Survival Skills
    Living abroad is as alluring as it is polarizing. Five skills that will make your life abroad a success. The post Living Abroad: Five Essential Survival Skills appeared first on The Frugal Vagabond.... Read more »
  • Spanish Non-Lucrative Visa Renewal
    Spain can get under your skin. In the course of living here for the full first year of our non-lucrative visa, we’ve come to love our home, our city, Spanish food and culture, and most of all, the close friends… The post Spanish Non-Lucrative Visa Renewal appeared first on The... Read more »
  • Surgery in Thailand: Bumrungrad International Hospital
    I seek treatment at Bumrungrad International Hospital for a growth in my chest. How did it go? Was it cost effective to travel to Thailand for medical care? The post Surgery in Thailand: Bumrungrad International Hospital appeared first on The Frugal Vagabond.... Read more »
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    Financial Samurai

  • When To Play The Status Game Again: Money, Fame, And Impact
    Since 2012, I have tried hard to stop playing the status game. After all, leaving my job in banking meant losing status at age 34 when folks are usually coming into their own. After my career was over, I turned down multiple TV show appearances, podcast interviews, and speaking gigs.... Read more »
  • How I’d Invest $250,000 Cash In Today’s Bear Market
    Let’s say you’ve currently got a good amount of cash to invest. With the global financial recession building, opportunities are piling up. However, things could get worse in this bear market given we’re only nine months in. How would you invest it? 2022 has so far been a terrible year... Read more »
  • What Income Level Is Considered Rich?
    So you’re wondering what income level is considered rich. After all, if everybody makes $1,000,000 a year, are you considered rich if you make only $500,000 a year? Probably not! In other words, rich is relative and also subjective. When Obama was president, he considered single people making over $200,000... Read more »
  • Private Real Estate Investing: Seven Takeaways After Five Plus Years
    As someone who has been consistently invested in private real estate deals since late 2016, I’m now firmly in the window for receiving distributions. My investment thesis to invest in heartland real estate has turned out well, partially thanks to the bad luck of the pandemic. Although a couple of... Read more »
  • How To Buy Treasury Bonds And Buying Strategies To Consider
    With U.S. Treasury bond yields zooming higher, the interest in buying Treasury bonds has followed suit. Let me show you how to buy Treasury bonds online. I’ll then share some buying strategies to help maximize returns and liquidity. Treasury bonds are risk-free investments if you hold them until maturity. Treasury... Read more »
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    Afford Anything

  • mp3#404: How I Paid Off $500,000 in Credit Card Debt, then launched a company with $35 million in revenue, with Rand Fishkin
    When Rand Fishkin was 25 years old, he carried $500,000 in credit card debt. Less than a decade later, Rand was the Founder and CEO of a company that grossed $35 million in annual revenue. In this podcast episode, Rand shares the story of hitting his financial rock-bottom and making... Read more »
  • mp3#403: How I Reached Financial Independence, with Chad Carson
    Chad Carson’s friends called him a “nerdjock.” When former college football linebacker Chad Carson graduated from Clemson University, he decided to start a business. But he didn’t have any money. He was a 235-pound athlete who attended college on a football scholarship. He graduated debt-free with $1,000 in savings from... Read more »
  • mp3#402: The Psychology of Money, with Morgan Housel
    Do you wrestle with the idea of leaving your savings in an account earning next to nothing versus investing it in the stock market? Do you use investment strategies that allow you to work with your nature, rather than against it? Are you careful to seek investment advice from those... Read more »
  • mp3#401: You Are a Badass at Making Money, with Jen Sincero
    Jen Sincero says she used to be a “grouchy broke person.” In her early 40’s, Jen lived in a converted garage, buried in credit card debt and scrounging for spare change. She was the type of person who’d join her friends at a restaurant for dinner, order nothing except tap... Read more »
  • mp3#400: The Lies Told About Early Retirement
    F.I.R.E. holds four pillars: Financial psychology, Investing, Real estate, and Entrepreneurship. This September, we’re running four weeks of episodes focusing on each of these four pillars, plus one bonus episode sharing impactful lessons learned from those who have reached F.I.R.E. Enjoy! —------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Today we’re sharing three talks given at the... Read more »
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    Accidental Fire

  • Has Median Household Income Kept Up With Inflation?
    Last week I did a short post showing the official median household income data for 2021 as a whole and by state.  I started doing posts like that in 2017, and since inflation is the topic on everyone’s mind I... The post Has Median Household Income Kept Up With Inflation?... Read more »
  • What Was The Median Household Income In America In 2021?
    I did a median household income post the first three years of this blog.  But last year the Census Bureau had massive delays in publishing the 2020 data so I didn’t do a post when they eventually released it.  Plus,... The post What Was The Median Household Income In America... Read more »
  • T.G.I.F. Friday: Volume 78
    Welcome to “Thank God I’m FI” Friday, Volume #78! Here are some things I really like and that you might too.   Financial Independence/Retirement Articles Is Geo-Arbitrage A Financial Fairy Tale? (Mr. Tako Escapes) – “For anyone considering a geo-arbitrage... The post T.G.I.F. Friday: Volume 78 appeared first on Accidental... Read more »
  • It’s Not Just A Great Resignation, It’s A Sea Change
    I wrote about the Great Resignation last year, it’s been a popular topic especially in personal finance circles.  That post focused on the amount of new businesses being created while record numbers of “quits” were simultaneously recorded.  Resignations, or ‘quits’,... The post It’s Not Just A Great Resignation, It’s A... Read more »
  • The Answer To The Hectic Life
    I did a nice beach road trip recently to some of the Delaware, Maryland, and Virginia beaches.  In my usual fashion of being active I packed the trip with cycling, running, kayaking, standup paddleboarding, a horrible attempt at traditional surfing,... The post The Answer To The Hectic Life appeared first... Read more »
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    Independently Financed

  • What are the most lucrative things you can do with free transportation?
    Become a Patron!A few years back I wrote a goofy post trying to look at car ownership not as a personal consumption expenditure, but as a productive input; as a profit center, not a cost center. For the last few months I’ve been fooling around with our local “micromobility” services,... Read more »
  • Free and discounted “micromobility” services
    Become a Patron!One of the most bizarre things to emerge from the era of free money were the so-called “micromobility” companies, which have littered the streets and sidewalks of major American cities with their cumbersome scooters and e-bikes. On the one hand, these companies have not and will not ever... Read more »
  • How to think about stockpiling Series I savings bonds
    Become a Patron!A reader whose financial savvy I highly value surprised me the other day by saying that he’d been maximizing his Series I Savings Bond purchases for many years. This surprised me since the “fixed” portion of the semi-annual composite interest rate had hovered between 0% and 0.5% APY... Read more »
  • Preserving your eligibility for paid family and medical leave
    Become a Patron!I’ve covered extensively my experience using the District of Columbia’s paid family and medical leave program to take time off to care for a family member. Since I began that series, the program has been reinforced even further, with the addition of 2 weeks of paid prenatal leave... Read more »
  • Schwab’s forthcoming direct indexing platform might be worth a look for the merely affluent
    Become a Patron!All the way back in 2020 I offered some speculative predictions about the future of so-called “direct indexing.” This is the logical end point of the proposition, promoted by the tax-evasion industry, that by swapping between closely-correlated-but-not-identical securities, those with taxable investments can generate capital losses that can... Read more »
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    Mr Crazy Kicks

  • I’m Going on Shark Tank!
    When I left my job nearly 6 years ago, I didn’t have any concrete plans except to pursue hobbies that I’m passionate about regardless of whether they make any money. A couple of years ago, this simple lifestyle led to … Continue reading → The post I’m Going on Shark... Read more »
  • We Made a New Haircut Tool: The HairFin!
    As a kid, my mom cut my hair with her trusty clippers. In college, I picked up a pair of clippers and learned to cut my own hair. Soon I found myself cutting friends’ hair in the dorms. Clippers made … Continue reading → The post We Made a New... Read more »
  • How Much Can a Greenhouse Extend the Growing Season?
    Last year I designed and built a hoop house for around $650 in materials. I didn’t want to waste money heating the thing, so the plan was to keep it passive. Since I never worked with an unheated greenhouse before, … Continue reading → The post How Much Can a... Read more »
  • Should I Pay Off My Mortgage?
    Having a paid off house has always been a goal. Living mortgage-free sounds awesome, but it can also put the brakes on financial growth. Any money put toward home equity is robbing investment accounts of hard working capital. After years … Continue reading → The post Should I Pay Off... Read more »
  • How to Get Started Hunting Mushrooms
    I love hiking in the woods, racing to the top of a mountain to take in a satisfying view. Lately however, I’m less interested in flying up rocks and roots to see the world from afar. I’ve found an even … Continue reading → The post How to Get Started... Read more »
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    The Happy Philosopher

  • How to Prepare for Life After Residency
    Burnout and Finance I was recently asked to speak to a bunch of medical residents about my story of burnout and my general philosophy on finance and life. I declined for a variety of reasons, but upon reflection I realized that this was a topic I had not addressed. This... Read more »
  • A Podcast, Guest Post, and Random Musings
    Hey philosophers, just wanted to let you know about a couple of small projects I participated in recently. I haven’t had much time or motivation to write these last couple of weeks. I have been paying the work price for my two week vacation to Alaska. Flexibility to take a... Read more »
  • Running, Purpose, and Bears (Oh, my!)
    As my feet rhythmically hit the belt of the treadmill, it briefly occurred to me this was perhaps the weirdest time to start my journey back to some sort or reasonable physical fitness. The treadmill was gently rocking side to side and I was looking out at an endless expanse... Read more »
  • Why A Physician Should Work Full-Time
    As an evangelist of part-time work for physicians, I occasionally get an e-mail from a physician reader asking if cutting back on work is the right move for them. Often times they are early in their training, and I’m not sure how to respond. I feel conflicted. I know what... Read more »
  • The Government Doesn’t Want you to Work (Too Much)
    A feeling of dread suddenly came over me. The numbers just didn’t add up, yet I could not figure out where I went wrong. Maybe I typed something in wrong or missed a section, but everything looked more or less complete. Maybe I’m just getting too old for this and... Read more »





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    Slowly Sipping Coffee

  • Friends, Fun, and Fowling
    A couple of weekends ago I was able to attend the Econome conference in Cincinnati, and readers, it was the refresh I needed. I wouldn’t have attended this conference had it not been for Military Dollar suggesting I should attend and she was super supportive throughout the process because let... Read more »
  • Embracing Life
    This time last year, I was talking about trying to get on board with the MFLC and figure life out from there. I had some things I was working on and damn if I haven’t gotten any to fruition. It seems frustrating and it can be, but if you remember... Read more »
  • Life Can Be SO “Overwhelming”: How I Tame It
    Now that I’m back to just having a single source of income, my adjunct position, I immediately have a crazy sense of pressure to “get back earning”, and “get a job” or “create a job” or “hit it big with day trading”, as soon as I study up a little... Read more »
  • Do You Take Payment in Soul Currency?
    Last week at some point, Angela from Tread LIghtly Retire Early tweeted about giving time versus money and it reminded me of what I did with my time when I wasn’t working. I found my time that I give is rewarded so much more in “soul currency” than money. If... Read more »
  • What to Do, What to Do?
    With all of this change that’s come about in the past couple of years, I figured I should revisit the “plan” since my retirement and savings got halved. I can’t say there are many complaints, considering how much we’d saved, so my half is a nice chunk of change. I... Read more »
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    zen habits

  • The Counterintuitive Way to Create Change in Your Life
    By Leo Babauta A lot of us want to make changes in our lives — whether it’s changing a bad habit like smoking or overeating, creating a new habit like meditation, or simply being less distracted or reactive during the day. Whatever the change, you’re likely to face internal resistance.... Read more »
  • Moving From Desire to Action
    By Leo Babauta I’ve been noticing lately how much of our lives is spent wanting to do something, wishing we could do something … but struggling to move into action. What’s the struggle to make this transition all about? And how can we more consciously make the transition into action?... Read more »
  • The Ridiculous Effectiveness of Singleminded Devotion to a Purpose
    By Leo Babauta People I’ve been coaching lately have been stuck in indecision about what purpose they should pursue. At this kind of crossroads, we can become plagued by doubt. And that makes sense: if you’re not sure what your purpose is, then going after a single choice can feel... Read more »
  • Creating a More Spacious Life
    By Leo Babauta I’ve worked with a number of people who want more spaciousness in their lives — more time for rest, play, reading, reflecting, self-care, hanging with friends and other loved ones. The challenge isn’t that it’s hard to create more time (for some people, it is actually very hard)... Read more »
  • The Urgency of Piles
    By Leo Babauta Someone I know shared that they came back from a meditation retreat excited about the meaningful possibilities they’d envisioned on the retreat — new projects, opportunities, important stuff they wanted to create. So incredible to be excited about meaningful possibilities! And then they got home, and there... Read more »
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    Financial 180

  • The Cheat Codes of FI
    For those of you following along, you know I've been a bit busy lately. In addition to my own music, podcast, and software projects, I've also been popping up on other people's podcasts. A few weeks back I sang a few bars of Michael Bublé on The FI Show with... Read more »
  • FI Without RE
    Back in November of 2017, a tired, burned out version of myself was pushed past his breaking point. After months of mandatory unpaid overtime, morning self pep-talks, stress-eating, and yelling at coworkers, the old Joel finally had enough. He walked up to his boss, and with a surprising, zen-like calm,... Read more »
  • VideoSo Much Time & So Little To Do!
    Wait a minute. Strike that – reverse it! I know, I know, I haven't updated this blog in months. What gives?! If things get any more sporadic around here I'll be on the Miss Mazuma publishing schedule! 😉 Maybe I should adopt the slogan of Wait, Buy Why and claim that I'll have... Read more »
  • Reaching for the Moon(shot)!
    This week, I'm thrilled to be featured on Coryn Quester's “Discover What's Possible” Podcast! In the interview, we talk about everything from the ‘Why' of FI,  to the most challenging aspects of financial independence for those just starting out. But one of the more interesting questions she posed really got... Read more »
  • Misconceptions of FI
    This past weekend The Wife and I went to see Crazy Rich Asians, and really enjoyed it! (Featured image credit: Entertainment Weekly) Having been on the FIRE journey for a few years now, it was fun taking in all the over-the-top luxury on the screen. Of course, this wasn't the... Read more »
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    DiverseFI

  • Taking Stock: A Hospice Doctor’s Advice on Financial Independence, Building Wealth, and Living a Regret-Free Life
    Today I am announcing preorders of my book Taking Stock: A Hospice Doctor’s Advice on Financial Independence, Building Wealth, and Living a Regret-Free Life. This is a moment of great pride for me as... The post Taking Stock: A Hospice Doctor’s Advice on Financial Independence, Building Wealth, and Living a... Read more »
  • We’re Moving! New Website!
    All new episodes and content can be found at earnandinvest.com. See you there! The post We’re Moving! New Website! appeared first on DiverseFI.... Read more »
  • 128. You Can Destroy Student Loan Debt
    Earn & Invest I am proud to release episode 128 of The Earn & Invest Podcast.  This podcast is an exploration of personal finance, financial independence, and taking the conversation to the next level.... The post 128. You Can Destroy Student Loan Debt appeared first on DiverseFI.... Read more »
  • Video127. Why Now Is The Time To Start Your Business
    Earn & Invest I am proud to release episode 127 of The Earn & Invest Podcast.  This podcast is an exploration of personal finance, financial independence, and taking the conversation to the next level.... The post 127. Why Now Is The Time To Start Your Business appeared first on DiverseFI.... Read more »
  • 126: How To Align Your Passion and Talent
    Earn & Invest I am proud to release episode 126 of The Earn & Invest Podcast.  This podcast is an exploration of personal finance, financial independence, and taking the conversation to the next level.... The post 126: How To Align Your Passion and Talent appeared first on DiverseFI.... Read more »
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    Vital Dollar

  • How to Make $500 Fast: 13 Ways to Earn Extra Money Quickly
    Need to make money quickly? Here's how to make $500 fast, with several realistic options presented. Get cash in your pocket quickly. The post How to Make $500 Fast: 13 Ways to Earn Extra Money Quickly appeared first on Vital Dollar.... Read more »
  • 17 Ways to Get Free Stocks for Signing Up
    See how to get free stocks for signing up to these 17 apps and platforms. Earn free shares from your favorite companies, up to thousands of dollars. The post 17 Ways to Get Free Stocks for Signing Up appeared first on Vital Dollar.... Read more »
  • How to Get Free Target Gift Cards
    Who wouldn't want free Target gift cards? Here are 15 practical methods you can use to get a gift card for your favorite store. The post How to Get Free Target Gift Cards appeared first on Vital Dollar.... Read more »
  • 9 Online Business Models for 2022 (Types of Online Businesses)
    Here's a comparison of online business models so you can find the types of online businesses that may be a good fit for your situation. The post 9 Online Business Models for 2022 (Types of Online Businesses) appeared first on Vital Dollar.... Read more »
  • 13 Fundrise Alternatives for Real Estate Investing
    Consider these Fundrise alternatives if you're looking for an easy way to invest in real estate. Grow wealth by owning a share of income-generating properties. The post 13 Fundrise Alternatives for Real Estate Investing appeared first on Vital Dollar.... Read more »