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Is Early Retirement Easier than Traditional Retirement?

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One of my tips for new bloggers is to set a schedule for your blog posts and always stick to it. Sometimes you have to publish shorter or less than perfect posts, but sticking to a schedule is paramount to getting through the early years. Well, today is one of those short post days for […] Read More

About the author: Joe left his engineering career behind to become a stay at home dad/blogger at 38. Read how and why he did it on the About Page .

Christmas Bucket List

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I hope you had a great Christmas with family and friends. This year we stayed home and avoided traveling during the busy Christmas holiday. I really hate flying when it is so busy. Driving is a better option, but I’d like to stay for 4-5 days if we’re going to drive for 12 hours. Unfortunately, […] Read More

Early Retirement Blogs for Everyone

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Happy holidays! Are you done with Christmas shopping? It’s finally beginning to feel like Christmas to me. We went to Thailand for 3 weeks in November and it was a tough psychological adjustment to come back home. We had some snow over the last couple of weeks, so that helped to get me in the […] Read More

What if you always maxed out your 401(k)

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If you are young and wondering what is the surest way to become a millionaire, I can tell you right now that it is to max out your 401(k) every year. This is the simplest and most assured way to build wealth. The problem is you have to start young and most of us don’t […] Read More

10 Unconventional Ways to Save Money on the Heating Bill

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Brr… The weather outside is frightful, but the fire is so delightful. And since we’ve got no place to go, let’s find some ways to save money on the heating bill. (Heh heh, I’m finally starting to get into the Christmas spirit.) It’s getting cold here in Portland. I’m a wimp even though the cold […] Read More

Don’t Forget About Your Annual Financial Checkup

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Can you believe there is less than 3 weeks left in 2016? The year is ending quickly and the holiday season is upon us. Now is the perfect time to go over your finances before it gets really busy during Christmas and New Year. Actually, we won’t be very busy this year because we’re staying […] Read More

Breaking Free from Your Social Programming

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Did you catch the finale of season 1 of Westworld last Sunday? Wow, that was an action packed episode with some heart racing reveals. I love science fiction and I occasionally indulge in a western movie so Westworld was a great show for me. HBO ran the full 10 episodes on Sunday, which was perfect because […] Read More

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The following article is written by Ann, our occasional contributor.  Retiring early is quite similar to the conventional way of retiring when you get to the retirement age; but the big difference is in timing. When you retire early your financial obligation will be totally different from when you retire at 65. Getting out of […] Read More