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Grumpus Maximus
Early Retirement
FI, Pensions, Financial Planning, Financial Resources, Life and Money, Golden Albatross, Golden Handcuffs
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Hawaii, United States
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SIK (Single Income, Kids)

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Frequent guest writer, Chris Pascale, explains value purchasing, and some of the purchases he's made over the years that he considers "worth it". The post Guest Post: Worth vs. “Worth It” Meets Value Purchasing appeared first on grumpusmaximus.com. ...
Posted: Jun 14 2019 @ 6:49 AM
Everyone Take Note May is Mental Health Awareness month in the United States. I make no secret on this blog that I struggle with depression and anxiety linked to Post Traumatic Stress (PTS). Just the opposite, I shine a light on those issues and their interplay with my pensionable career whenever practical. Furthermore, I try hard … Continue reading Pre-Retirement and Mental Health The post Pre-Retirement and Mental Health appeared first on ...
Posted: May 07 2019 @ 5:02 AM
For the Military Members in the Audience When I first announced that I was officially retiring in 2019 via the blog and my Facebook group, the response was overwhelmingly positive. Amidst all those positive responses, Timika Downes, a fellow Financial Independence (FI) blogger, reservist, and FB group member asked me to share lessons I learned throughout … Continue reading The Military Retirement Process: Lessons Learned (Part 1) The post The Military Retirement ...
Posted: Apr 28 2019 @ 7:36 AM
Our children need the tools to be self-sufficient in this world. To get them started, this means clothing, feeding, and teaching them. It also means letting them go.  The post Cut the Cord, Drop the Albatross  appeared first on grumpusmaximus.com. ...
Posted: Mar 25 2019 @ 6:05 AM
Want to lock in a middle-class lifestyle by middle age? Then you need to get counter-cultural with your spending and saving. Forgo the stupid cars, forget the fancier house, stop paying for worthless colleges, and earn a real life. The post Golden Albatrosses Killed Your Golden Goose appeared first on grumpusmaximus.com. ...
Posted: Feb 25 2019 @ 6:58 AM
Did You Catch What I Did There? I’ve invented a new term. Or maybe it’s a word. What do you call a word with parens in the middle of it? Do the grammar police allow such nonsense? Probably not. When I run this article through Grammarly, I bet it will have a field day with … Continue reading GI(bill)arbitrage The post GI(bill)arbitrage appeared first on grumpusmaximus.com. ...
Posted: Feb 02 2019 @ 5:12 AM
New Year, Same Goal(s) Happy 2019 everyone! I read somewhere recently that we should make goals and not resolutions at New Year’s, which brings me to the inevitable question: What are your goals for 2019? Since we’ve officially entered the last calendar year that I’ll be a part of the U.S. military, my goal for … Continue reading Paradigm Shifts The post Paradigm Shifts appeared first on grumpusmaximus.com. ...
Posted: Jan 11 2019 @ 6:45 AM
Waffles and Chicken(shit) I’ve waffled in recent weeks on the need to write a post about Social Security for the Pension Series. On the one hand, since the American form of Social Security pays out in annuity form, it seems like a relevant topic for the Series. Plus, an overwhelming majority of American workers pay … Continue reading The Pension Series (Part 18): Social Security – The People’s Pension The post ...
Posted: Dec 17 2018 @ 12:12 AM
Happy Thanksgiving “What are you thankful for this year?” is a commonly asked Thanksgiving question. It’s usually asked around dinner tables, which is where we Americans typically celebrate this holiday designed to bring us together and reflect on the bounty in our lives. In fact, Mrs. Grumpus and I asked our children the same question … Continue reading Choices and Thankfulness The post Choices and Thankfulness appeared first on grumpusmaximus.com. ...
Posted: Nov 23 2018 @ 7:38 AM
Anxiety Check How are your retirement anxiety levels at the moment? I must admit my levels were high earlier this week. As described in my previous post, I recently realized that I’m (probably) not going to make it to 21-years of military service. Thus, I’m (probably) going to retire after my pension vests at 20-years. … Continue reading Retirement Anxiety: How I Retired Mine The post Retirement Anxiety: How I Retired ...
Posted: Nov 11 2018 @ 10:05 PM


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