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How to Retire

3 reasons why we upped and quit our careers without being millionaires

Are you curious about how to retire early without being a millionaire? I'll give you 3 reasons why my wife and I cashed it in and retired early without a million dollars.
Mar 4, 2019·4 min read
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Is that Starbucks worth another decade of working?

Combine the value of cable and your morning cup-of-Joe and you’re treading in the neighborhood of $1 million in lost wealth over 40 years because of these temporary pleasures. $1 million!
Sep 24, 2018·4 min read
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The 3 most critical steps to retire early

Things are happening quickly for us and I think that I have begun taking for granted just how important some of these changes have been in setting us up for early retirement. Truth is, we're on track to beat our goal, and it is definitely wise for me to keep my eye on what is getting us here.
Jul 19, 2017·6 min read
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The best advice I can give about retiring early

Back in September of 2016, Brandon (aka: Mad Fientist , Brandon argues for financial automation, which can h
Jan 25, 2017·5 min read
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My name is Steve, and I just retired at the age of 35

It’s pretty damn surreal right now. I have achieved my ultimate goal. As of this year, I am done with full-time work. Like, “done” done. Unless something absolutely catastrophic happens, I will never set foot in an office again as a member of their full-time work staff. That’s it, and at the age of 35, I’m free. Best damn Christmas gift ever. My 401k is stacked, and now I am free to pursue everything that I’ve always wanted to pursue but felt like I couldn’t due to the amount of time it takes t
Dec 27, 2016·7 min read
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Why I refused to take a sabbatical and quit instead

When I told my boss that I am quitting in December to travel, he suggested taking a sabbatical instead of quitting outright. Perhaps a sane person would have accepted the sabbatical. I, however, did not.
Dec 7, 2016·4 min read
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Snowball of Early Retirement

The Snowball of Early Retirement is a remarkable concept that strikes deep at the heart of how people achieve financial independence and early retirement.
Oct 12, 2016·4 min read
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State of Our Retirement: Three months out!

The train continues to chug along, pushing forward through a familiar landscape. I can see the faint outline of our destination, finally. It's there, albeit small. I glance down and slowly follow the narrowing direction of the tracks with my eyes as it leads straight into the City of Retirement. In my first installment of the State of Our Retirement series, I laid out the year as planned back in April. Last time, we already bought the Airst
Sep 28, 2016·3 min read
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How lean startup can improve early retirement

Lean startup. Those of us involved with small businesses may be aware of a set of new-age principles that distill business ownership down to its most basic foundation. And with a little thought, we early retirees can apply these same principles to maximise our desire to quit the rat race. The Lean Startup method is a set of principles designed to get your business started and your product developed and in front of potential customers. Fast. Many startups f
Sep 7, 2016·3 min read
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Honey, would you be mad if I just go ahead and quit now?

The closer I get to early retirement, the tougher it becomes to wait for it. Virtually every day, I am conscious of the fact that I'm still "going to work", even though I am close to the end. I am still working, checking email, writing reports, answering phone calls. It's still happening. I know the end is near, but that doesn't make these last few remaining months easier to get through, as I assumed that it would. Human nature strikes again. The closer that we get to something, the more we want
Aug 22, 2016·4 min read
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That time I unexpectedly told my boss that I'm quitting

The day, as most of them tend to do, started like any other day. I made my way through my well-oiled routine without a squeak - wake up, grab a shower, make some coffee and sit down to check out what is in store for me at work. So far, everything's cool - until our division-wide telecon. Actually, let's back up a second. Up until this morning, I was "in the closet", as it were, regarding my intention to quit full-time work in December [https://thinksaveretire.com/our-financial-independence-date-
May 16, 2016·5 min read
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Rocking through my last year of full-time employment

It is only natural to second-guess yourself the closer you get to accomplishing a major life goal, and retiring early from full-time work is no exception. It seems the closer we get, the more unsure we become. Maybe another year of work will drive the nail more firmly into the coffin? There's only one problem in my situation: I am not all that "unsure" about this decision. In fact, it's precisely the opposite - the closer I get to December [https://thinksaveretire.com/our-financial-independence-
May 11, 2016·4 min read