I hope your journey to Financial Independence/Early Retirement is going well in 2017. The year has been great for us at the RB40 household so far. My blog income is doing much better this year than in 2016 and our passive income is growing. Mrs. RB40 is still working, but she plans to retire in a few years. Financially we are doing quite well. It looks like the next big challenge will be when Mrs. RB40 retires. I’m really looking forward to it, though. It’ll be great to for her to relax a bit. Lately, work has been more stressful for her.
Spring Break 2017!
Spring break is here and I’m taking it easy this week. Our kid is out of school so I don’t have much time to work on the blog. I can’t get anything done when he’s home because there are so many interruptions. RB40Jr is 6 years old and he wants to spend a lot of time with his parents. I guess we should enjoy it while we can because he’ll be a teenager soon enough. Then, he wouldn’t even want to talk to us.
Are you going anywhere for spring break? I never went anywhere during spring break when I was in college. Spring break meant going home and taking it easy for a week. It’s staycation time and we’re just hanging out around town. The weather is still rainy, but we’ve been able to get out during some dry spells. Here is our week so far.
- Monday – We went for a walk around downtown and visited the post office, the downtown mall, food carts, a local toy store, Target, and the library. We spent $4 on a huge banh mi (Vietnamese sandwich) and $3 at the GAP for a long sleeve shirt for Jr. Not too bad for a day out.
- Tuesday – We took the car in for an oil change and walked to Home Depot while it was at the shop. I had to get hardware to fix a bi-fold closet at the rental. I also checked out some charcoal grills and fantasized about what I’d buy if we ever move into a house again. After that, we dropped by Uwajimaya to pick up some Asian groceries. I made miso soup, edamame, tuna poke, and rice for dinner. Yum!
- Wednesday – I took Junior to a trampoline park. We’ve never been to one and I was curious. RB40Jr also needed to run around a bit so he can use up some energy. It was rainy that day so not much outdoor options. The trampoline park was pretty neat, but not cheap at $13/hour.
- Thursday – We dropped by GameStop to see if we can pick up a cheap used Xbox 360 game. Unfortunately, I didn’t see what I wanted. Oh well, we shouldn’t play much video game anyway. We also meet Mrs. RB40 for lunch at a nice cafe near her work.
- Friday – It was a finally a beautiful sunny day! We headed out to visit Fort Vancouver. Our summer schedule is already filled up and I don’t think we’ll be able to go camping at a national park this year. I thought Fort Vancouver was just a little site, but it was actually pretty big. The Pearson Air Museum was next to it so we visited that too. We had a great day.
- Saturday – I was planning to bike to see the cherry blossoms, but it sprinkled so we just rode to the marina and checked out the high water level at the river.
- Sunday – We biked to see the cherry blossoms at the Japanese American Historical Plaza. It was a beautiful day and there were a ton of people out. It was a long winter and everyone wanted to get a little vitamin D. .
Whew, spring break is a long week for stay-at-home parents everywhere. Kids just have so much energy and we can’t keep up with them. I think most working parents put their kids in spring break camps. That costs anywhere from $100-$200, so I feel we did pretty well.
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 in front of the computer all day. It was easy to take a 10 minute break here and there to catch up. 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. There are a lot more early retirement blogs than when I started in 2010 so I think you will find at least 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.
Congratulations to Carl!
- 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 transitioned to part-time a few months ago and the last day of formal work is coming up in just a few weeks!
- 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.
- 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?
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 every year and reached financial independence at 38. He left the rat race in 2015 and is enjoying more time with his sons.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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