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Why Retiring at 65 is a Terrible Idea

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Some people say 65 is the new 45. That’s true in some aspects. In the not too distant past, a 45-year-old man would be lucky to live 20 more years. Now, the average life expectancy is higher and many of us will live beyond 85. If you look at it that way, then 65 does […] Read More

How I Hacked The Happiness Curve

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Recently, I wrote 7 Money Goals to Hit by 45. Check it out if you haven’t read it yet. You can see if you’re a successful adult as you approach midlife. The comments are really interesting, though. Several older readers commented that they are happier now in their 50s, 60s, and beyond. I vaguely recall […] Read More

Early Retirement Blogs for Everyone

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Hey Everyone, I’m a bit overwhelmed this week and have to resort to reposting this list of Early Retirement Blogs for Everyone. My normally serene routine has been disrupted by quite a few things. Here is my weekday routine for reference. Now, let cram a few more things in. I had a dentist appointment. My […] Read More

How Early Retirement Impacts Social Security Benefits

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I originally wrote this piece in 2012 to figure out how early retirement impacts Social Security benefits. A lot has happened since then. I retired from my engineering career to become a stay-at-home dad/blogger. My income dropped quite a bit, but my happiness increased tremendously. After 6 years, I’m very happy that I retired early […] Read More

Do you need Financial Independence to Retire Early?

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Ahh… early retirement. We all dream about it, but only a few can pull it off. Early retirement is a difficult challenge, financially and mentally. How does someone even retire early? Most workers barely save any money for retirement. They’ll be lucky to retire at 65. Well, the answer is Financial Independence. That’s when your […] Read More

Why I Gave Up My Engineering Career

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A while back, I received an email from a reader who is going back to school for an engineering degree. He asked me to write a detailed post on why I gave up my engineering career. Engineering is a great field to get into. These STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) careers pay well and the […] Read More

10 Goals to Hit If You Want to Retire Early in 10 Years

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So you want to retire in 10 years (or less). That’s a terrific goal, no matter how old you are. I’m going to assume most readers are in their 40s and 50s because that’s the age you start to consider early retirement. However, I’ll also keep younger readers in mind because this is Retire by […] Read More

Declare Your Financial Independence Day

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Independence Day (U.S.) is my favorite holiday of the year. It is even better than Christmas for me. This year, the weather was perfect and we stayed in town to BBQ, relax, and enjoy the fireworks. I guess I just don’t have the same attachment to Christmas like most people. Christmas feels so commercialized to […] Read More

6 Years After Early Retirement Update

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Woohoo! It’s been five 6 years after I retired early and I still love it. Early retirement really came together in year 5 and there haven’t been many changes in year 6. That’s why I’m updating this post instead of writing a new one like I usually do every year. Life has been really good […] Read More

My Best Advice to New College Grads

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This one is for the new college grads out there. Congratulations! Graduating from college is a huge accomplishment. Now, it’s time to go out there and rock the world! I graduated over 20 years ago and I still remember it well. It was such a feeling of achievement to get through 5 years of engineering […] Read More