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How to save on heating bill AND stay warm – build a Kotatsu table!

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Brr… Winter is here. The overnight temperature plunged into the 30s a few times last week. This seems a bit early to me. Usually, it doesn’t get this cold in Portland until December. The weather is strange this year. It’s been a lot drier than usual. The crisp sunny days are incredible, but this also […] Read More

About the author: Joe started Retire by 40 in 2010 to figure out how to retire early. He spent 16 years working in computer design and enjoyed the technical work immensely. However, he couldn’t stomach the corporate BS.

Joe left his engineering career behind to become a stay-at-home dad/blogger at 38. Today, he blogs about financial independence, early retirement, investing, and living a frugal lifestyle. See how he generates Passive Income here.

Joe highly recommends Personal Capital for DIY investors. He logs on to Personal Capital almost daily to check his cash flow and net worth. They have many useful tools that will help DIY investors analyze their portfolio and plan for retirement.

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 to Avoid Overspending and Overeating

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Money and food. Overspending and overeating. It’s a complicated relationship. Researchers have found that people who have a spending problem are more likely to overeat, too. Do you have one or both of these problems? Just one of them is a difficult obstacle already. Having two of these problems at the same time can really […] Read More

Do you like Retire by 40’s new logo?

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Hey Everyone, We’re taking a break from personal finance today to talk about Retire by 40’s minor redesign. Do you like our new logo? I have been planning to redesign the site for a few years already. But there were always other things higher on the priority list. Yes, I’m still overwhelmed with things to […] 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

September 2018 Goals and Financial Update

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Autumn is here! The weather is cooler and the leaves are starting to fall. This is a great time of the year in the Pacific Northwest. We finally get some relief from the hot summer days and forest fires. School has started and the kids are all busy with various activities. And we have the […] 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