It’s Memorial Day Weekend in the US. While viewed as the unofficial start of summer, Memorial Day is a federal holiday for remembering the people died while serving in the armed forces. It is also around the end of the school year here. This means field trips, graduations, pot lucks, end of the year crafts, and getting thank you gifts for the teachers. RB40Jr was a handful this year and we really appreciate his teachers’ help.
Junior will be home for the next 2 weeks so it will be a little more difficult to blog. Luckily, my mom is here for an extended visit so she can watch him once in a while. He has swimming lessons at the community center twice a week and that’s about it for scheduled activities. I want to sign him up for martial arts, but I suspect he is not quite ready for it yet. He does not follow instructions well and it might be too disruptive for the class. We’ll drop by and check it out.
His preschool will open up for summer camp after 2 weeks. We’ll probably sign up for camp (basically childcare) every other week. That will give me time to work a little. We don’t have a lot of plans this summer. We’ll go camping at Crater Lake in July. Mrs. RB40 has training in August. I don’t have other big plans and we’ll play it by ear. Mrs. RB40 might take a weekend off to go visit her parents without us.
Anyway, I picked up some baby back ribs to BBQ this long weekend. Do you have any plan for the Memorial Day weekend? Mrs. RB40 has Monday off so we’ll do something fun with the whole family. The county fair is this weekend so we’ll probably go check that out. I’m taking it easy this weekend and you should too.
Early Retirement Blogs
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’s easy to take 5 minute breaks 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 browse around that much. Anyway, I thought I would compile a list of early retirement blogs so you can read your fill while you’re stuck in a cubicle. There are quite a few 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!
These blogs are listed in no particular order. Help me maintain this list by letting me know if there is a good early retirement blog I should add. I will update and repost this list periodically.
- FI Fighter – Another engineer just retired early. Yes! I hear a bell ring. 😉
- 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.
- 1500 Days to Freedom – Mr. 1500’s goal is to build a portfolio of $1.2 million by February, 2017. That’s 1500 days from the start of his blog. He is very close and it should be an exciting finish.
- Our Next Life – Mr. and Mrs. ONL is on a mission to retire in late 2017. The are saving over 70% of their after tax income! That’s fantastic.
- Physician on FIRE – A great FIRE (financial independence Retire Early) blog, especially for physicians.
- Frugal Woods – Who doesn’t dream of calling it quits and heading off to homestead in the woods? Great articles, an extremely cute baby, and a Frugal Hound.
- Tawcan – Quest for joyful life & financial independence.
- Mr. FIRE Station – Retiring next week (4/1/2016.) Congratulation!
- Financially Alert – Michael “retired early” in 2016 when he was 36. His larger FI goal is to reach $10 million in net worth.
- Think Save Retire – Steve started his FI journey a little later in life at 34. It’s never too late.
- Financial Samurai – One of the best personal finance blogs ever. I always learn something new when I drop by.
- The Retirement Diary – Bob is transitioning into retirement and he is happy to share his experience.
The blogs below are awesome, but they are updated just once per week or less. IMO, these bloggers are doing it right. Blogging is a lot of work!
- Root of Good – Justin retired at 33 through careful planning and saving. He and his family are living the good life at a very moderate cost in North Carolina. I’m always jealous when I read his monthly expense report.
- Sydney Lagier retired in 2008 when she was 44 years old and has been blogging ever since. It’s great to read about early retirement from a woman’s point of view.
- How to Retire Early? – Journey to reach financial independence by 40.
- Go Curry Cracker – Jeremy and Winnie left their high tech jobs to travel the world in their early 30’s.
- Paul and Vicki Terhorst retired early over 30 years ago and they are still going strong.
- Mr Money Mustache – MMM is probably the most popular early retirement blog today.
- 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.
- Mike and Lauren – Recently retired to Costa Rica.
- The Military Guide – Great resource for the military.
- Freedom with Bruno – Hit the road with Bruno (a 2000 Toyota 4Runner.)
- madFIentist – The Science of Financial Independence.
- Early Retirement Extreme – ERE was one of the first early retirement blogs around and is probably the blog that got me thinking seriously about early retirement. I’m not sure, but I think the articles are mostly reposts now.
- jlcollinsnh – Jim Collin’s financial independence blog.
- Brave New Life – Great blog, but not much update since he retired in 2014.
- Can I Retire Yet? – Darrow Kirkpatrick is a little older than other bloggers. He saved, invested, retired at 50.
- 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.
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.
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- Believe FIRE – J & D believe financial independence can be obtained by anyone. They have left their jobs to travel the world in 2016.
Good luck with your early retirement journey!
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