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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
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Your job vs. your work: Retirement police, listen up!

Retirement police. To some, you can't be retired if you're making money by doing work. Doing work, after all, is what people do "for a living", and therefore, if you do work post-retirement, you're not actually retired. You're still making a living!
Aug 26, 2015·5 min read
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Make life awesome by living off peak

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 adult, I like quiet time.
Aug 12, 2015·4 min read
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Our financial independence date, new and improved

It probably won't take readers long to realize that my wife and I keep changing our minds on things. As circumstances change and situations naturally morph and twist, 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 better.
Aug 1, 2015·2 min read
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Could you live in an RV full time?

Recently, we discovered another option to our retirement plans - full time camping. Okay, maybe not "camping" in the traditional sense, but living in an RV full time and spending several years traveling around the country, seeing new places, meeting new people, seriously getting in touch with nature - and photographing the hell out of it.
Jul 6, 2015·3 min read
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I could never retire early, I'd be so bored!

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: "What are you going to do with your time?"
Jun 15, 2015·4 min read
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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
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Planning our retirement by the numbers

I freely admit it. I am a numbers freak. I love spreadsheets. I love lists. I love sitting down and figuring out what ifs. If I were to save an extra $50 a month starting today, what does that mean for … this, that the other thing down the road? It gives me shivers. Total math nerd right here.
Apr 27, 2015·10 min read
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Want to retire young? Believe it or not, you already know how it is done

Let's face it - the large majority of Americans know how to retire early. Most of us know that to retire significantly before our 60s, we must save our money rather than spend it. Ultimately, it is the accumulation of wealth that enables us to quit our jobs and live out the rest of our lives in jobless bliss. Truthfully, this isn't rocket science.
Apr 20, 2015·6 min read
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Runaway credit destroying American retirement

It is no secret that the spending habits of traditional Americans are not all that pretty. Way too many Americans find themselves in a position where retirement seems like a lofty goal only accessible by either the old or lucky, and that most people - including them - are "regular Americans" just trying to get by in a harsh and unforgiving economy.
Mar 19, 2015·3 min read
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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
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Income vs. Savings: The epic battle

Does a high income truly matter? It only seems to make sense that the more we have, the earlier we will retire.  But, is that true in all cases?
Nov 30, 2014·5 min read