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Slightly Early Retirement
Early Retirement
Financial Independence, FIRE, Investing, Saving, Side Gigs
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It is very popular to promote experiences over buying tangible possessions right now.  It seems universal to find bloggers recommending a more minimal lifestyle.  The world almost seems to be divided into two groups.  The smart group is focused on experiences, they are the Marie Kondo, zen minimalists who have one spork per person and wash their only … Continue reading "In Defense of Stuff" ...
Posted: Feb 20 2020 @ 4:26 PM
“One million dollars…” says Dr. Evil in one of the classic comedy lines of all time.  So full of irony because in his original timeline, prior to his hibernation for decades, one million dollars was an unimaginably large sum.  But in today’s dollars, even though its big money, it is a laughably tiny  ransom for saving the world.  In … Continue reading "One Million Dollars!" ...
Posted: Jan 26 2020 @ 5:03 PM
     Call it inspiration, as I read a half dozen or so other bloggers accounts of their last ten years I realized that my own story over that time period encompassed perhaps as many changes as theirs.  So I thought, why not join the parade and review those years in my life? Ten years ago it … Continue reading "New Decade, Totally New Life" ...
Posted: Jan 09 2020 @ 2:43 PM
That’s right, when my wife and I start drawing Social Security it will be worth $92,430 a year.  That’s almost the same amount as my one day a week consulting gig earns me now in 1099 income.  Think about that, Social Security alone, with no other sources of income, no dividends, no interest, no pension and no … Continue reading "Living Large on my $92,430 Social Security Annual Income!" ...
Posted: Dec 28 2019 @ 1:45 PM
I had a dream job, one I enjoyed for most of the thirty plus years I worked a 9 to 5.  I was the weird guy who started getting excited about going in to work the next day on Sunday evenings.  But eventually that changed and I pulled the plug on my career earlier than I thought … Continue reading "A Wet Walk in the Woods" ...
Posted: Dec 13 2019 @ 5:13 PM
Being bored out of your mind! Does that thought scare you? Many of you are pursuing an early retirement.  Others don’t plan to retire early but are focused on having enough of a nest egg saved up to allow an enjoyable conventional retirement in your sixties.  Either way, you do foresee a time when you will not … Continue reading "Bored Out of Your Mind" ...
Posted: Dec 02 2019 @ 1:51 PM
This post is a little off topic, it has nothing to do with personal finance, careers or retirement.  It is simply a very unusual hunting tale and so if you are philosophically or morally opposed to hunting I’d advise skipping the rest.    I was listening to a podcast today, This American Life, it was their Halloween … Continue reading "The Day of the Possum" ...
Posted: Nov 08 2019 @ 4:56 PM
I was reading Mr. Groovy’s recent post about what he likes and doesn’t like about retirement and it made me think about how different his life is from mine.  The three things he doesn’t like, are flying on commercial airlines, sleeping in rent-a-bed hotels and not having unlimited financial resources.  Or at least that was … Continue reading "My Big Fat Retired Life" ...
Posted: Oct 31 2019 @ 1:54 PM
My friend died last week.  He was 82 and was someone very special in very many ways.  In our small southern city/town he was a force of good who had a hand in some of the best things to have ever happened here.  I and many others loved and admired him and will miss him … Continue reading "My Friend Died" ...
Posted: Sep 30 2019 @ 4:33 PM
If you divided the bloggers in the personal finance and early retirement space into groups you could split them into the “Not early retired yet but on my way!” group and the “Already early retired and this is how I did it!” group. I’m in the second group and have been for going on four … Continue reading "Volunteering is Meh" ...
Posted: Aug 19 2019 @ 1:29 PM


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