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The Retirement Manifesto
Early Retirement
Frugality/Saving, Investing
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Atlanta, Georgia, United States
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DIK (Dual Income, Kids)
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Ah, the dream of Early Retirement!  Almost all of us have that dream at some point in our lives, but few of us actually do it.  Why?  When you get into the numbers, it’s hard to retire early.  Really hard.  There’s a reason the majority of folks can’t don’t do it. Are you one of the masses, or one of the few? If you want to retire early, follow these steps.Click ...
Posted: Sep 20 2017 @ 5:45 AM
Since you’re reading this, I’m guessing you’re financially astute.  Responsible, even, and working your way down the path of Financial Independence, whatever that looks like to you. So….what do you worry about when you think of retirement? You kinda sorta have your money under control or will have by the time you retire.  If you are retired, you’re probably comfortable with your financial situation.  So, what are your biggest worries about retirement ...
Posted: Sep 12 2017 @ 5:43 AM
A new and interesting “Blog Chain” is gaining momentum in the Blogosphere which challenges fellow bloggers to “Map Your Money”.  By using various schematics, bloggers are developing visual maps which show how they manage their money (check out the complete list at the bottom of this post). Today, as a Special Friday edition of The Retirement Manifesto, I’ve decided to join the fun. To add some value to my map, I’ve added ...
Posted: Sep 08 2017 @ 12:28 PM
What would you learn if you asked folks “What worries you the most about retirement?”  How much more relevant would that question be if the folks you asked were folks like you?  Folks that read retirement blogs (or listened to podcasts)?  Folks who were taking action to prepare for their retirement?  Folks that generally have the financial side of retirement covered.  If you’re not worried about money, what else worries ...
Posted: Sep 06 2017 @ 2:43 PM
Buying long term care insurance (or not) is a major decision you should evaluate as you move through your 50’s and 60’s.  I’ve hinted about our decision, but I’ve never written a comprehensive post on the topic.  Today, I’m addressing it and sharing the numbers that led to our decision.  Plot buster:  We have decided that we won’t be buying long term care insurance.  We’re going to self-insure. Today, I answer ...
Posted: Sep 06 2017 @ 5:45 AM
What comes to mind when you think of the term “Prepper”? I’d expect most folks would have some type of “extremism” perception, along the lines of the “Doomsday Preppers” show that aired on the National Geographic channel from 2012 – 2014.  Unfamiliar with the show?  Have some fun by watching this short trailer…. Am I A Prepper? By now, you’re probably wondering where this is going.  Is Fritz A Prepper?  I’ll have to ...
Posted: Aug 29 2017 @ 5:51 AM
I’m blue as I type this tonight. I found out an hour ago that a friend of mine just died.  That’s Jim, in the photo above, when he stopped by to visit us last year at our mountain cabin.  We had a wonderful visit, one of many we’ve had over the years with Jim. Unfortunately, it was our last. At 7:37 pm on a recent evening,  Jim sent me an email from his ...
Posted: Aug 22 2017 @ 5:32 AM
How are you doing on your journey of Wealth Building?   Are you on track?  Ahead?  Behind?  Tough to know, right? I take notice when I see a new tool being introduced in the financial blogging community, especially one which improves upon existing techniques and helps us monitor our journey toward Financial Independence.  This post is about exactly that – a new wealth measurement tool “invented” by my friend JW over at ...
Posted: Aug 15 2017 @ 5:17 AM
What would happen if everyone in our society decided to pursue early retirement? Today, we’ll run through an interesting thought exercise.  There’s a new blogger in the Personal Finance space who I’d like to introduce you to. He’s had a fascinating life story, from “getting poor real quick” as a child to carrying $200,000 in student loan debt when he graduated from law school (yep, he’s now a lawyer, and he’s ...
Posted: Aug 08 2017 @ 5:49 AM
Have you ever had a home sale explode after you’ve been under contract?  We had a bomb go off last night, but we’re ok with that.  In the broader sense of our “Good To Great” move, it’s actually a good thing.  How, you ask? Read on…. In today’s Part 3 of the “Good To Great” series, we’ll explain how our plan went awry after a bomb went off on our “Good” cabin ...
Posted: Aug 01 2017 @ 5:30 AM


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