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How to Retire

Our Next Life series: Part 3 - Picking our next home

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.
Sep 9, 2015·4 min read
How to Retire

Our Next Life series: Part 2 - Selling almost everything we have

Part 2 - selling. 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 sqft aluminum tube - an Airstream.
Sep 7, 2015·5 min read
How to Retire

Our Next Life series: Part 1 - Quitting!

Welcome to the first exciting installment of the 4-part article series "Our Next Life". In many ways, I was on top of the world. Nothing could touch me. Move out of the way, world, because I'm coming through.
Sep 4, 2015·6 min read
How to Think

Working sucks: I don't want a career, and here's why

Ever since my wife and I decided on a plan to retire early, our pursuits have become significantly more short term. 30-year goals? Ha!
Aug 10, 2015·6 min read
Blogging

The About Series: What is Think, Save, Retire?

I thought that I would take a break from writing about saving cash and complaining about this and that and instead focus on what exactly I'm doing here. What am I trying to prove? What's my goal? Is there even a point to this blog? If so, what is it?
Aug 8, 2015·4 min read
How to Think

What has the American Dream become?

The reality of living in the United States of America is actually quite encouraging. The very large majority of us have plenty of opportunities to succeed and build the life that we want. Some of us take those opportunities and make the best of them. Others don't. The impact can be amazingly severe, but the impact of our decisions does not kill off the American Dream.
Jun 22, 2015·4 min read
Blogging

It was my wedding day!

I would be lying if I said I wasn't nervous, that everything was normal and I had nothing to worry about. The truth is I was nervous - nervous about the unknown, nervous about what might happen, nervous about how everything would play out. It's only natural - when wedding day rolls around, being nervous is just part of the process.
Jun 3, 2015·3 min read
Consumerism

Lookie there! Stats prove American ridiculousness

Is it any wonder why the average retirement age in the United States has crept up past the 60 year old mark (62 according to Gallup)? If the stats that were graciously put together all in one spot from Becoming Minimalist are any clue, then this retirement phenomenon, unfortunately, should come as no surprise.
May 18, 2015·4 min read
How to Retire

Life is short, so live a little...they say

"Life is too short. I wanna have some fun now." Or, maybe it goes something like "Life's short, live a little". However it is said, the underlying point remains pretty clear: don't delay your ability to spend some serious cash. After all, "life is short".
May 13, 2015·4 min read
How to Think

How much money buys your happiness?

Though I preach endlessly about the merits of happiness and how independent those merits are from money alone, I do believe that money CAN buy a certain level of happiness - or what I like to call your "happiness number". How much money do you think it takes to truly buy happiness before we hit the point of diminishing returns? Can this actually get measured?
Apr 29, 2015·4 min read
Financial independence

What does Financial Independence mean to you?

Financial Independence is one of those terms that enjoys a broad following. It means different things to different people, and we all have our own special way of defining what this phrase, and especially the meaning behind it, truly means to each and every one of us.
Apr 23, 2015·7 min read
How to Retire

Would you pay $164k a year to live on a cruise ship? This woman would!

For seven years, 86-year-old widow Lee Wachtstetter has called a Crystal Serenity cruise ship "home". By now, the crew on-board the ship is like family to her, and she regularly ballroom dances, attends cocktail parties and movies, lectures and other activities. And, I'm sure this woman hasn't cooked a meal for herself in years.
Jan 25, 2015·2 min read