I hope everyone is enjoying their long Memorial Day weekend. Memorial Day is the unofficial start of the summer in the United States and I’m looking forward to warmer weather. We had a very busy weekend here at the RB40 household.
- Friday – All three of us went to the zoo with RB40 junior’s class. Here is a tip for the general public – don’t go to the zoo around the end of the school year. The zoo was packed full of crazy kids of all ages. It was fun and exhausting at the same time. The little guy and Mrs. RB40 both fell asleep early and missed the 10 pm fireworks.
- Saturday – I put in another toilet and this time it only took about 2 hours. I found my old Vaughan SuperBar and it helped tremendously.
- Sunday – Grocery shopping in the morning. Dropped off the old toilets at the recycling center. Birthday party at an organic farm in the afternoon. The farm was a lot of fun, but I’m glad we live in the city. There was so much dust and other particulates in the air. Junior’s eyes got puffy because he kept rubbing them and I’m all stuffed up from pollen. I guess we’re city people.
- Monday – Kick back, read some books, go for a walk, and BBQ some ribs. Yum… Maybe we’ll go to the county fair if we feel up to it.
The weekend is almost over, but we’re really happy for the extra day off on Monday. It will give us a chance to relax and reflect a bit. How did you spend your Memorial Day weekend?
Early Retirement Bloggers
Anyway, I took it easy and didn’t work on the blog much this long weekend. I thought I’d round up the early retirement bloggers I admire. This way, I can just point a reader to this page when they are looking for some inspiration.
Root of Good – Justin retired at 33 through careful planning and saving. He has 3 young kids and he is enjoying the early retired lifestyle. I admire Justin because he’s doing the whole early retirement thing much better than I am. His expenses are low and he’s enjoying life. He blogs about once a week so he’s not constantly thinking about personal finance. They are heading down to Mexico for a 7 week adventure in early June.
Dividend Mantra – Jason quit his day job in 2014 to become a full time blogger and freelancer. He plans to achieve financial independence through dividend income and living a frugal lifestyle. I admire Jason because he shows that a regular guy can achieve financial independence if he puts his mind to it. He started his dividend portfolio in 2010 and the dividend income can already cover a significant portion of his monthly expenses.
Financial Samurai – Sam left the lucrative financial industry and semi-retired for a couple of years. He’s consulting for a couple of companies now, but he still has time to travel internationally and enjoy life. I admire Sam because he is a great writer. His articles are in-depth and he is very knowledgeable about various investments.
Go Curry Cracker – Jeremy and Winnie left their high tech jobs to travel the world in their early 30’s. They just had a baby. Congratulations! I admire the Go Curry Cracker team because they are living the dream. It takes good teamwork to accomplish something as audacious as what they’re doing.
Mr Money Mustache – Pete and his wife retired from their day job in their 30’s. I admire Pete for his unique writing style and cult figure status. Pete is a great guy and he has probably done more than anyone to popularize early retirement.
Frugal Woods – Mr. and Mrs. Frugalwoods are planning to pack everything up and go homesteading in 2017. Good luck!
Early Retirement Extreme – Jacob is one of the original early retirement bloggers.
Financial Mentor – Todd supported a family for 17 years without any significant earned income. If you’re looking for a financial coach, then check out his site.
Financial Independence forum at Reddit
* Check out more blogs suggested by our readers in the comments below.
Do you know any blog I should add to this list? I haven’t been able to read new blogs lately so I’m a bit out of date.
For 2018, Joe plans to diversify his passive income by investing in US heartland real estate through RealtyShares. He has 3 rental units in Portland and he believes the local market is getting overpriced.
Joe highly recommends Personal Capital for DIY investors. He logs on to Personal Capital almost daily to check his cash flow and net worth. They have many useful tools that will help every investor analyze their portfolio and plan for retirement.
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