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Ditch the Cave
FIRE, budgeting, happiness, early retirement, life hacking, contentment, financial independence
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Is it controversial to say that I’d like my life to be better? Today I’m going to share with you how I used the idea of marginal gains to do just that. What I’m going to share is how doing that had the double benefit of saving me money and time. It’s also about how… The post Marginal gains: How I made tiny changes to get richer and remove stress appeared ...
Posted: Jan 23 2019 @ 4:29 AM
One of the inescapable facts about adulting is that almost all of us spend the majority of our waking hours at work. Even worse it’s not as if the rest of the time around that is for us to do what we like. We spend the time between waking up and starting work getting ready… The post The magical world of prioritisation. How to win promotions and get pay rises the ...
Posted: Jan 15 2019 @ 4:45 AM
Well that was fun!  I’ve thoroughly enjoyed the last few weeks and I hope all you had a splendid festive season. Since I put up my last post I have been indulging in everything that Christmas and New Year cliches required. Parties have been hosted and attended. Wine has been mulled, Prosecco has been chilled… The post Ringing in the changes and whether to make New Year Resolutions for 2019 (spoiler: ...
Posted: Jan 07 2019 @ 4:45 AM
We were on the steps of the Sacre Coeur in Paris in the late spring. Night had almost wrapped itself around us and the lights of the city flickered beneath our feet. There was a breeze but enough warmth to hint at the promise of summer. I was sixteen and it was the last night… The post Regrets, I’ve had a few, but then again, too few to mention appeared first ...
Posted: Dec 15 2018 @ 5:02 AM
Being idle is a big part of my identity. Should I admit that? Probably not, but it’s true. I really am very idle. But I’m also [whisper it now] not completely unsuccessful in my career. Don’t get me wrong I’m not one of those shooting stars who was destined to be the Fortune 500 CEO… The post The incredible, life-changing power of idleness and how you can use it to achieve ...
Posted: Dec 06 2018 @ 6:35 PM
Why, Oh Why, Oh Why, Oh Why, do I do it to myself? I know that I’ve got an early meeting tomorrow so, is this the conversation I have with myself? “Hey Caveman. You know what would be a really good idea right now?” “Hey yourself Caveman’s subconscious. No, I don’t know. But speak on… The post I just want some more sleep! Why getting a proper night’s rest will speed ...
Posted: Nov 29 2018 @ 4:56 AM
All the cool kids have a morning routine right? It seems like the advice from CEOs, celebrities,athletes – in fact everyone who is (or wants to be) successful – including the girls and boys of the FIRE world – is to have a morning routine. Until the start of the year I didn’t get morning… The post Morning routines are for losers (except for my one) – how normal people can ...
Posted: Nov 26 2018 @ 4:56 AM
So this is the last in my initial triptych of posts about my finances (with a little diversion via the shadow of the valley of death). I’m warning you now it is an absolute beast. So grab a drink and found yourself somewhere comfortable to sit. Money isn’t the focus of what I’m looking for,… The post The only stages of Financial Independence post you’ll need ever (except for all the ...
Posted: Nov 20 2018 @ 5:24 AM
I’m old enough to remember when the Poems on the Underground first started. They were little pockets of surprise interspersed between adverts for cold remedies and time shares (yeah they were a big thing back in the day). They were short poems, or snippets of poems,designed to make you smile, or think, or just distract… The post For tomorrow we shall die! (But alas we never do) appeared first on Ditch ...
Posted: Nov 15 2018 @ 4:29 AM
In my last post I put out my reasons for not tracking finances and the rules I follow instead. As I said at the end of that I realised that I should explain what effect that was having. I’m nothing if not a man of my word [Ed: “So you’re nothing then”. Caveman: “Rude. Anyway… The post My incredibly fluffy financial goals and why I want to buy time appeared first ...
Posted: Nov 12 2018 @ 5:05 AM


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