It’s Memorial Day in the United States, the unofficial start of the summer, and the weather is gorgeous in Portland! Actually, it’s a bit hot this weekend at 83 degrees Fahrenheit. We had such a wet and cold winter so the change is pretty jarring. I was thinking that the ideal retirement location should be 75 degrees year round. Does anyone know a place like that? Anyway, we have been enjoying the warmer weather and had a great time at our building’s pool. Unfortunately, RB40Jr caught a cold from school and he has to take it easy this weekend. We’re staying home, watching movies, playing games, and having a BBQ. That’s plenty to fun already.
When I was working fulltime, I used to really look forward to Memorial Day for many reasons.
- The last time US workers had a 3 day weekend was way back in February on President’s Day.
- Memorial Day usually signals the start of good weather in Portland. The long drizzly days of Fall, Winter, and Spring are mostly behind us!
- The first big firework display of the year at the waterfront park.
- It’s time to dust off the BBQ grill! Luckily, the propane tank ran out last week so I had time to get it filled up.
- Let’s go camping, not! We went camping on Memorial Day in 2007 and it rained the whole weekend. Now we wait until after the 4th of July to even consider camping.
I’m also a little sick so I’m taking it easy this weekend along with RB40Jr. I’m retired after all and I’m entitled to goof off once in a while, right? That’s why I’m sharing our Early Retirement Blogs list today. I added a few new sites to the list. Check them out if you haven’t yet. But before that, I’ll share my easy BBQ ribs recipe with you.
* Please remember Memorial Day is meant to honor men and women who died in service of our country. I never served in the military and I’m grateful for all the men and women who take on that burden.
Joe’s Memorial Day BBQ ribs
- Get baby back ribs (around $10-$15 per rack) from the store.
- Put on some dry rub
- Dry rub – brown sugar, salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, cumin, and whatever else you’d like to try, such as chili powder, mustard powder, etc…
- Remove the “silver skin” from the back of the ribs and massage the dry rub into them. Cover and leave them in the fridge overnight.
- Cook in the oven first
- Put ribs in a roasting pan and cover with foil.
- Bake for 90 minutes at 300 degrees. This depends on how tender you like your ribs. Longer at lower temperature will make the ribs more tender. 4 hours at 200 degrees would be fall-off-the-bone tender. It depends on the size as well, but once the meat pulled away from the bones, it’s ready to go on the grill.
- Grill ’em
- Set up your grill for indirect heat. Use wood chips here if you’d like some smoky flavor.
- Close the grill and cook on low for about 20 minutes.
- Brush the ribs with BBQ sauce and cook for 5 more minutes. Repeat this once more if you like BBQ sauce.
- Chow time!
- It’s eating time!
- I almost forgot. Watch some sports while the ribs are cooking and put your partner in charge of greens, potato salad, beans, corn, and the rest of the sides. 😉 Yumm…
Have a great Memorial Day Weekend!
Early Retirement Blogs for Everyone
Okay, if you’re anything like me, you can’t get enough of early retirement blogs. I used to be addicted to personal finance blogs when I was working full time because I was stuck in front of the computer all day. It was easy to take short beaks here and there to catch up on the blogs.
Now that I’m a stay at home dad/blogger, I can’t keep up with all the blogs anymore. I still spend a few hours a day on the computer, but I’d be working on Retire by 40 and don’t have a chance to browse around that much. Anyway, I thought I’d compile a list of early retirement blogs so you can read your fill while you’re stuck in a cubicle (or waiting for the BBQ to cook at home.) There are a lot more early retirement blogs than when I started in 2010 so I’m sure you will find a few that speak to you. Enjoy!
*My guide on How to Start a Blog and Why You Should. Everyone should have a blog. It’s a great way to build your brand and improve you writing. You could even make some extra income if you’re lucky.
Here are a few sites I want to highlight. Check them out.
- ESI Money – ESI is a 50-something retiree. Earning, Saving, and Investing are the three steps to financial independence.
- Freedom is Groovy – Mr. & Mrs. Groovy retired in October 2016 and teamed up to write a great blog. Check them out!
- The Tepid Tamale – The Tepid Tamale is in the middle of life, trying to do it right. But, boy does he have a lot of questions.
- The Finance Patriot – Follow the Finance Patriot on his journey to early retirement.
More Early Retirement Blogs
- Retire by 40 – That’s us! 😉 Joe retired from his engineering career at 38 to become a stay at home dad/blogger. See why and how he did it at the About page. I started blogging in 2010.
- Financial Samurai – One of the best personal finance blogs ever. I always learn something new whenever I drop by. Sam is a tireless and gifted blogger.
- Mr. Tako Escapes – Mr. Tako and his wife saved over 50% of their salary for years and reached financial independence at 38. He left the rat race in 2015 and he is enjoying more time with his sons.
- 1500 Days to Freedom – Carl’s goal is to build a portfolio of $1.2 million by February, 2017. That’s 1500 days from when he started blogging. He left formal work earlier this year and he is enjoying his early retirement immensely.
- Montana Money Adventure – Ms. Montana and her 5 kids live a very interesting unconventional life and she is a great writer. I really enjoyed her blog this year.
- Think Save Retire – Steve started his FI journey a little later in life at 34. He just achieved his goal and retired from his IT career. He is still very busy with other projects, though.
- Our Next Life – Mr. and Mrs. ONL is on a mission to retire in late 2017. They are saving over 70% of their after tax income! That’s fantastic. They plan to retire in 2017!
- Go Curry Cracker – Jeremy and Winnie left their high tech jobs to travel the world in their early 30’s. I think they will mostly be in Taiwan in 2017.
- Root of Good – Justin retired at 33 from his civil engineering career. His wife followed a few years later and they are living the good life at a very moderate cost in North Carolina. I’m always jealous when I see his monthly expense report.
- Physician on FIRE – A great FIRE (financial independence Retire Early) blog for physicians.
- Mr. Crazy Kicks – Mr. Crazy Kicks was another hi-tech worker who retired early in 2016. He hopes to inspire more people to join him in FI by blogging about traveling, building cool things, and enjoying life to the fullest.
- Route to Retire – Every day, the same thing, day in and day out. That’s how Jim feels when he goes to work… time to make the donuts. He plans to retire before he’s 50 years old in 2025.
- Early Retirement Now – You can’t afford not to retire early! Mr. ERN is in his early 40s and plan to retire in 2018.
- The Green Swan – The Green Swan is a metaphor coined to describe a deliberate approach to managing and investing money with a major effect: wealth accumulation, financial independence and early retirement. He is in the finance industry and aims to ER in a few years.
- Done by Forty – Mr. Done By Forty is working to achieve financial independence by the time he is forty, in 2020. Time flies and 2020 is coming up very soon. Can they do it?
- Retire Before Dad – RBD is trying to retire before his dad did (at 55.) That’s a great goal considering he was broke with no job at 27. Check out his story.
- Frugal Woods – Who doesn’t dream of calling it quits and heading off to homestead in the woods? See how the Frugal Woods family is doing in the wilderness of Vermont.
- Tawcan – Tawcan is on a quest for joyful life & financial independence. He is also in the high-tech field.
- Sydney Lagier – Sydney retired in 2008 when she was 44 years old and she has been blogging ever since. It’s great to read about early retirement from a woman’s point of view.
- From Cents to Retirement – Benjamin Davis grew up in Portugal and Italy. He’s currently living and working in Germany. He is 28 and plans to retire in his 30s.
- Early Retirement Extreme – ERE was one of the first early retirement blogs around and it was the blog that made me seriously consider early retirement. I’m not sure, but I think the articles are mostly reposts now.
- The Military Guide – Doug Nordman retired from the Navy and he has been providing great resources for military personals for many years.
- Mr Money Mustache – MMM is probably the most popular early retirement blog on the internet. They have a very active forum, too.
- Can I Retire Yet? – Darrow Kirkpatrick is a little older than other bloggers. He saved, invested, retired at 50.
- Mad FIentist – Brandon left his hi-tech job to live in Scotland with his wife. They are traveling the world and living it up. Check out their great podcast interviews with many FIRE personalities.
- FI Fighter – Jay left from his six figure high-tech career in 2016. I think he currently lives in Hong Kong and travels a lot.
- JLCollinsnh – Jim Collin’s financial independence blog.
- Mike and Lauren – I think they are RVing now.
- The Escape Artist – The Escape Artist left his corporate job in 2014 when he was 43. See how he can help you escape from the corporate prison camp.
- Financially Alert – Michael sold his business and “retired early” in 2012 when he was 36. His larger FI goal is to reach $10 million in net worth.
- FIRE Station – They reached FI a few years ago, but just retired in 2016. Congratulations!
- How to Retire Early? – Stockbeard is on a journey to reach financial independence before his forties. He is planning to move to Japan in 2017 and ER there. Very cool.
- Freedom with Bruno – Hit the road with Bruno (a 2000 Toyota 4Runner.)
- Get FIRED’d ASAP – Martin recently pulled the plug on full-time work. He is 50 years old and lives in Australia.
- Millennial Revolution – FIRECracker & Wanderer retired at 31 to travel the world! Now I feel old…
- Retirement In Progress – Mr. RIP is an Italian software engineer living in Switzerland since 2012. He writes about his journey to FIRE.
Not quite a blog, but great early retirement resources.
- Ernie J. Zelinski is an international best-selling author, innovator, professional speaker, and prosperity life coach who inspires adventurous souls to live prosperous and free. I love Ernie’s books.
- Paul and Vicki Terhorst retired early over 30 years ago and they are still traveling the globe. See, it can be done.
Good luck on your early retirement journey!
Image by Aaron Arogones