About midway through 2014, we adopted our new “fuck this” attitude about working until 60 and decided to achieve financial independence as early as possible and retire before I hit the big four-oh three-six. Since then, our household has become much, much more stringent with our finances, and our budget has been instrumental in keeping us on the … Continue reading How we budget our monthly expenses
While an aggressive savings rate is, in my humble opinion, the best way to set yourself up for early retirement, passive income is a great way to enjoy at least some financial buffer even after retiring from required work. Some people rent out homes or other real estate. Others perform contract work. There are any number of ways to get involved in generating some passive income for yourself. Continue reading “Using Etsy to generate passive income”
I started this blog as a way to keep myself honest and focused towards financial independence and early retirement. Within these pages, I preach mercilessly about frugal non-ridiculous living, minimizing expenses and downsizing your stuff. But yet, I somehow can’t help myself but completely support a woman’s lavish lifestyle on-board a luxury cruise liner. A … Continue reading Would you pay $164k a year to live on a cruise ship? This woman would!
For some insane reason last weekend, I started Googling for the average cost of weddings in the United States of America. I got a hit through the Huffington Post, so I clicked – and read. Holy crap, I could hardly contain my bowels when I discovered the amount of cash that we are blowing for our weddings … Continue reading Those fancy-schmancy wallet-busting weddings
Growing up, I had a particularly lofty expectation about professionals in the working world – heck, about the world in general. I thought that high level executives were the best in their field, that perfection was a critical element to success, that my competition would be my greatest limitation. I was fearful of what the … Continue reading 8 life lessons that I will never forget
My wife and I have a looming trip to one of our favorite cities, San Francisco, to celebrate the birthday of a friend of ours. But, there is no getting around the fact that San Francisco is not the cheapest place to tootle around in, and our friends of ours are definitely not on the fast track to retirement. Continue reading “Trying damn hard to stay frugal in San Francisco”
How many of you out there have ever said “Man, I’m excited for this weekend because…”? Or, maybe yours went something like “I can’t wait for our vacation to Hawaii…it’s gonna be hella-awesome!”. Whatever awkward phrases that you use to describe what you’re excited about, it’s always nice looking forward to something. It puts a … Continue reading Get excited about the little things in life!
I admit I have learned a lot about blogging after starting ThinkSaveRetire.com. I thought I was fairly experienced in this business (and in many ways, I am), but this experience has taught me a few things about running a successful blog, and specifically how to make it just a bit different than every other blog out there. Continue reading “This entire blog is now officially un-moderated!”
It seems these days, so-called “early retirement” blogs are a dime a dozen. So many blogs out there, so little time to digest them all. But quite honestly, some aren’t worth the effort to digest because their main purpose is not to provide sound advice, but to make money. Continue reading “What I look for in an early retirement blog”
Unless you are new here, you probably know that my goal is to officially retire by 40 and spend the rest of my life enjoying jobless bliss and never-ending happiness. We’re doing this with big-time savings and living frugally in Tucson, Arizona – one of the most inexpensive places to live in the United States. Continue reading “Opinions wanted: Buying land and building a house vs. buying a pre-built home”