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State of Our Retirement: Getting ahead of the game

Behold, my fellow readers - my first installment of what I am calling the "State of Our Retirement" (SoOR) address, where I briefly give you fine people the low-down on what's happening and where we are in our drive towards financial independence and retirement from full-time work. It has been an amazing year thus far, and my wife and I have finally come to the conclusion that what we're doing is, well, fairly extreme. We don't personally feel our new lifestyle is all that extreme, but compared
Apr 20, 2016·5 min read
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Completing the circle of life with FI and early retirement

Financial Independence and Early Retirement is about completing our circle of life, not simply quitting our jobs or sleeping in on Monday mornings. 
Mar 16, 2016·5 min read
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How to address the "what if" scenarios of early retirement

Remember my retirement renaissance a few months ago? I wrote about how fascinating the comments get when early retirement goes mainstream, but even within the finance community, things aren't always as encouraging as you might expect. For example, check out this forum post [http://boards.
Feb 29, 2016·6 min read
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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
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Financial independence is not just for the "rich" or wealthy

Though early financial independence is not a luxury designed only for high income earners, there is no getting around the fact that higher incomes make the whole early FI process quicker.
Dec 9, 2015·6 min read
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Working two extra months gets my wife social security

Our planned retirement date is so close, and my wife and I are so young, that it appears that my wife will be ineligible for Social Security, which she has judiciously funded for her entire working career, if she retires along with me in December of 2016.
Oct 14, 2015·5 min read
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How to master your early retirement lifestyle: Part 3

Mastering your early retirement lifestyle, Part 3: Tips for maximizing your savings, uncovering hidden costs and streamlining your life so it prioritizes true happiness.
Oct 5, 2015·8 min read
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How to master your early retirement lifestyle: Part 2

Mastering your early retirement lifestyle, part 2: How much money will I need before I can quit my job? How do I calculate my safe withdrawal rate?
Oct 1, 2015·7 min read
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How to master your early retirement lifestyle: Part 1

Welcome to the "How to master your early retirement lifestyle" article series. This series takes you on a relaxing walk through the key concepts of early retirement and how they relate to the way that you live your life.
Sep 29, 2015·8 min read
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Our Next Life series: Part 4 - Making the move!

In Our Next Life part 4, 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 part 3.
Sep 11, 2015·3 min read
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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
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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