Oh crap, here we go. By now, we should have our rental home sold. Both my wife and I are nearing the end of our working careers. It’s the fall of 2016 and everything is coming together. Hopefully we’ve found our new home on wheels, detailed in Our Next Life part 3. The next step is … Continue reading Our Next Life series: Part 4 – Making the move!
In Our Next Life part 2, my wife and I have decided to sell or give away nearly all of our possessions, including our home, buy an RV, and live for years traveling the country and enjoying life on the road with our two rescued dogs. Our full time jobs will be done by the end … Continue reading Our Next Life series: Part 3 – Picking our next home
Phew. As we learned from part 1, the ol’ job that I never particularly enjoyed will be done by the end of 2016, along with my wife’s. Now, the rest of our lives can begin…lives of travelers and explorers, lives out in nature after trading out our 1600 sqft house with a pool for a 200 … Continue reading Our Next Life series: Part 2 – Selling almost everything we have
Welcome to the first exciting installment of the 4-part article series “Our Next Life“. Here, we divulge our retirement plan, in some detail, for others to consider, scrutinize and endlessly ridicule. And yes, I am fully aware that the name of this series also happens to be the name of one of our favorite finance blogs around … Continue reading Our Next Life series: Part 1 – Quitting!
Imagine this for a second: You graduate college and begin working your ass off for 10 years and save big – real big. You devote every penny above and beyond what is required to pay for your most basic needs in life and decide that you’ve had enough of your job. You give corporate America … Continue reading Your job vs. your work: Retirement police, listen up!
Let’s face it, virtually everything about life is better, cheaper and less stressful when lived off peak. Doing things when everybody else isn’t. Lines are shorter, traffic is lighter and even the cost of electricity is lower. Not only that, but finding some damn peace and solitude is much more easy to achieve! As a working … Continue reading Make life awesome by living off peak
It probably won’t take readers long to realize that my wife and I keep switching things up in our lives. As circumstances change and our financial situation morphs and twists, we try to be flexible enough to adjust to life’s ever-changing nuggets of fun. This time, it’s our FI date, and things are getting even … Continue reading Our financial independence date, new and improved
One of the most spirited debates within the early retirement community revolves around the influence that a high level of savings (as well as income) has on a person’s ability to retire early. I have argued in the past that although a high income can help, an aggressive savings schedule is a far better measure to determine a person’s fitness for early retirement.
My rationale was simple: it is a person’s lifestyle that ultimately determines how long he or she can survive without a full time job post-retirement. Meaning, a more frugal lifestyle will generally enable earlier retirement than a less frugal lifestyle, regardless of income.
But yet, I would be remiss if I did not address the obvious monkey in the room. Continue reading “How much does income affect your post-retirement lifestyle stability?”
I swear, Courtney and I change our minds way too damn much. Actually, scratch that – I like to think of this as more of a “continuous refinement” process as we learn about truly what is possible in this world. There really is so much more to this world than what meets the eye. Recently, … Continue reading Could you live in an RV full time?
Of all the questions that I get asked by others who know our plan to retire early, there is one question that keeps standing out as far and away my favorite. Almost like clockwork, when the subject of early retirement comes up, the talk eventually leads to: “I could never retire early; I’d be so … Continue reading I could never retire early, I’d be so bored!