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Snow Canyon, Utah - My gosh, the reds are outrageous

We just wrapped up four nights in Snow Canyon State Park just north of St. George, Utah. The landscape was absolutely stunning. Red rocks as far as the eye can see. Volcanic "lava rock" litters the landscape. It's stupid beautiful. We hiked damn near every day and I had my camera with me every step of the way. If you're following along on Twitter , you've already seen some of the stuff we've been climbing through. If you haven't, feast your eyes, my friends.
Apr 29, 2017·2 min read
How to Think

I retired early, but I'm no expert

It is interesting how many of us consider ourselves "experts" after we accomplish something. Even in the ER community, I stumble across bloggers who retire early, then turn around and offer coaching services because they are, in theory, "experts" at early retirement. Why? Because they've done it, I suppose. A dude doing some guitar work...soooooo not me.First, allow me to say in no uncertain terms that I fully support earning some dough off of what you're good at. No qualms from that perspectiv
Mar 29, 2017·3 min read

How to take stunning photos without expensive equipment

Cheap photography doesn't have to be "bad" photography. Taking stunning photos doesn't require expensive equipment.
Jan 11, 2017·10 min read

Your kick ass guide to the personal finance blogosphere

You're a dude or dudette, and you just stumbled onto a blog that talks about money. But, not just "money" - personal money. The person who runs the blog probably wants to retire early, or at least achieve financial independence, and he or she is writing about their progress. Boom, it's that simple. It's like a public diary, but without all the embarrassing details that might hide within a private, notebook-bound collection of words that generally make up the real truth behind someone's life. Bl
Nov 2, 2016·5 min read
Coolest Blogs

The coolest blogs: Living A FI's natural writing style

Dr Doom, the guy behind the Living A FI blog, is a natural writer. His ability to describe and distill topics down into essential and easily understood concepts is second to none, using straight-forward English and a love for emotional detail. When I first stumbled on his blog, I literally couldn't put it down. Check out the blog: . I love Dr. Doom's natural ability to describe emotion, set the scene and put his readers inside his life. His "The Job Experie
Sep 10, 2016·2 min read
Financial independence

Pics from the great Rocky Mountains, Colorado

No Friday Feast this week as my wife and I are enjoying a much-needed escape from the heat with a visit to the Grand Lake area in the Rocky Mountains. Instead of linking to beautifully-written content, how about some beautifully taken photographs? At least I hope they are beautiful, as I took them. Here ya go, please enjoy! P.S. An interview that I did for Andrew over at Family Money Plan went live this week. I may have said th
Sep 2, 2016·1 min read
How to Save

Think Personal Finance is hard? Poppycock!

Think you can't learn personal finance? Think again. Mastering your financial lifestyle is a learned skill just like sports or playing video games.
Aug 15, 2016·4 min read
How to Think

Magic of the stock market revealed in a year

This morning I continued my weekly ritual of glancing at how our stocks are doing in the market. Hey, look at that - another up-tick. Believe me, the realization that just a few months ago, I was about $80,000 poorer is definitely not lost on me. But as of today, all our losses over the past year have been regained - and then some. Looking back over our investment portfolio's recent history, I realized something amazingly powerful. To anyone who doesn't quite understand the stock market and how
May 18, 2016·4 min read
How to Think

I'm speaking at the Master Your Money Summit - Join in!

I don't usually do this, but I'm a little excited. I recorded an hour-long interview with author and financial wizard Hahna Kane Latonick for the Master Your Money Summit, where a bunch of us from the community talk about destroying debt, building wealth and retiring early. Over 40 personal finance experts and entrepreneurs will be speaking. Big names like Danny Iny, Nathan Latka, Rob Scott, Melanie Lockert, Caitlin Pyle, Nick Loper, Club Thrifty, Chris Peach, Kristin Wong, Jim Dahle, Mr. 1500,
Mar 10, 2016·3 min read
How to Save

How quickly can you spot an impulse buy?

The impulse buy - they are one of the amazingly tricky types of buying that exist for most people.  They are emotional purchases, but they can be stopped!
Feb 22, 2016·4 min read
How to Retire

Making retirement work even though market weirdness

My wife and I are being stubborn - there is no way that we're going to let market conditions this year (and the last half of 2015) effect our planned retirement target - end of 2016 for me and February of 2017 for my wife. But, we are also facing the cold hard facts: we probably won't have as much money going into retirement that we had initially thought. We made our cash projections in early 2015 when the market was doing fairly well. Our estimates were conservative, but certainly not THIS cons
Jan 27, 2016·4 min read
How to Save

Despite market losses, we're up over $150k in 2015

Despite market losses over the year, we still managed to pack a solid wad of cash on to our net worth through meticulous (and automatic) contributions into our retirement accounts. We don't have to think about it - through automated systems, the money gets saved where we want it.
Jan 13, 2016·3 min read