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Justin

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Name:
Root of Good
Category:
Early Retirement
Tags:
Frugality/Saving, Parenting/Family
Start Year:
2013

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Location:
Raleigh, North Carolina, United States
Age:
30s
Race:
White
Gender:
Male
Life stage:
RETIRED
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Latest Blog Posts

It's early August and we've been at home for about two weeks after spending a month vacationing in the Bahamas during June and July. Summer is flying by incredibly fast because we have been so busy! Our oldest two kids just wrapped up two weeks in summer camp. The whole family has enjoyed lunch, dinner, or play dates with several groups of friends that we haven't seen all summer. Back to ...
Posted: Aug 06 2018 @ 6:30 AM
"JM", a new commenter on the blog, left a great comment asking about tracking spending and how that helps you get to Financial Independence. "Do you track all your monthly spending, no matter how minute? Did this help get you to Financial Independence? And how?"  -JM The quick answer is yes, I did track all spending down to the dollar while working towards FI. And looking back, tracking everything I spent was ...
Posted: Jul 12 2018 @ 6:30 AM
We're living it up in the Bahamas on vacation right now! I'm taking a break from the waves, sun, and sand to provide the regular monthly financial/life update. At this point we are half way through our one month stay.  Although there isn't much to do here beyond swim in the ocean, play in the pool, and walk along the canals and marshland, we're having a good time. We brought ...
Posted: Jul 05 2018 @ 6:30 AM
The final stop on our nine week, fourteen city summer vacation across Europe brought us to Amsterdam, Netherlands for a quick three day stay before flying back to North Carolina (and home!). While in Amsterdam we explored canals and rivers, centuries old streets and buildings, and some more modern spaces like the iconic OBA Amsterdam Public Library. Read on to find out how we wrapped up nine weeks in Europe! The post Amsterdam’s ...
Posted: Jun 12 2018 @ 6:30 AM
Over here in the Root of Good household we're counting down the days till summer. It feels like it's already here though! May was a lot warmer than usual with highs in the 80's most days and lots of humidity, including a jolt of moisture from a very early season Tropical Storm Alberto.  I suppose this will be good training for our month in the Bahamas starting in two weeks! How ...
Posted: Jun 04 2018 @ 6:30 AM
"I never want to quit working because I'll be socially isolated and I won't be able to make new friends."  Is this a legitimate concern or one of the worst objections to early retirement? There is reason in worrying about loneliness in retirement but it's not a good reason to work forever, especially if you don't like your job! Getting out of a stressful work situation will make you a nicer, ...
Posted: May 29 2018 @ 6:30 AM
The thirteenth (and next to last) stop on our nine week, fourteen city summer vacation across Europe brought us to Koblenz, Germany.  The city of Koblenz sits at the confluence of the Mosel and Rhine River in the western part of Germany. After spending most of the previous eight weeks of vacation in urban settings, we decided to give rural living a shot for a week.  We rented a spacious three bedroom apartment ...
Posted: May 21 2018 @ 6:30 AM
As we near the end of the review of our nine week, fourteen city summer vacation across Europe, our twelfth stop brought us to Berlin, Germany for a week of history, culture, food, and friends. Berlin was everything I expected and then some. Great summertime weather, nice people, minimal crowds, easy transit, good food, all with low prices (for a major European capital city).  I'd certainly rate Berlin a hidden gem on ...
Posted: May 14 2018 @ 6:30 AM
April was a blast! It was also an incredibly busy month.  We helped out at the kid's elementary school by chaperoning a field trip and running the school's spring carnival raffle.  I spent four days at CampFI Midatlantic where I presented "How to Develop an Early Retirement Budget".  JD Roth stopped by the house for a few hours before heading up to the camp.  The whole family did a staycation ...
Posted: May 07 2018 @ 6:30 AM
The eleventh stop on our nine week, fourteen city summer vacation across Europe brought us to Prague, the capital city of the Czech Republic. 20 years ago Prague was an up and coming budget tourism destination full of culture and history where one could escape the higher prices of western Europe. Today, it still has the charm of the good old days but with slightly higher price tags compared to much of the ...
Posted: Apr 23 2018 @ 7:30 AM

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