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Route To Retire
Early Retirement
Frugality/Saving, Investing
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Ohio, United States
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DIK (Dual Income, Kids)
IT / Manager
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Latest Blog Posts

It feels like just a couple of weeks ago, I was telling you about my first ever podcast appearance… oh, yeah, I was!  Well, it’s time for my second guest appearance on a show.  This time around I joined the 2 Frugal Dudes as a guest on their podcast. If you’re not familiar, the 2 Frugal Dudes are Sean Merron and Kevin Griffin.  These are two great guys that aim to ...
Posted: Mar 16 2018 @ 7:15 AM
There are some folks out there who are enthralled by the idea of taxes.  The idea of working on their tax return actually excites them every year. I’m far from being one of those people. Taxes… borrrrring! Unfortunately, love ’em or hate ’em, if you’re in the U.S., you’re stuck with doing a tax return every year. There’s a part of taxes though that I don’t really get.  It’s the idea that if you ...
Posted: Mar 13 2018 @ 6:15 AM
Is retiring early really the best thing for our family'  That’s the question Mrs. R2R sought to answer. Since the Route to Retire blog started in May of 2015, I’ve been hoping to get the other side of the R2R equation (Mrs. R2R) to be a part of the conversation here. It’s easy to get the opinion of one person on the subject of financial independence and retiring early.  However, it’s a ...
Posted: Mar 06 2018 @ 7:15 AM
One of my goals for 2018 was to start opening myself up a little more and doing a podcast appearance every now and again. It’s one thing to read what a blogger has to say, but it’s another to actually hear him or her talking.  I know that I start to feel more of a connection with some of the podcasters and guests I listen to. The good news is that I ...
Posted: Mar 01 2018 @ 7:15 AM
I’m struggling.  I’ve been very careful to keep politics and other sensitive issues out of my blog.  We all have our opinions, of course, but I just don’t think this particular blog is the right place for that kind of discussion. So I’m going to try to keep this high-level on that front, but there’s something that’s affecting me deeply right now. Unless you’re living under a rock, you know about the ...
Posted: Feb 27 2018 @ 7:15 AM
It’s nothing new to hear that if you’re in the red, you should make it a priority to get out of debt. Let’s face it, debt sucks.  We all know it, but here in the U.S., we just can’t seem to stay away from it. NerdWallet states that the average household that has credit card debt is carrying a balance of $15,654… ouch. And that doesn’t even count other forms of debt – ...
Posted: Feb 20 2018 @ 7:15 AM
Ever had that thought periodically running through your mind to write a book'  I sure did. Then one day I just decided to do it. I had some great ideas to write a book based on technology.  I’ve been in the IT field as a systems engineer and now the engineers’ manager for almost 20 years now. However, my thoughts for the book were actually focused more on the simpler stuff that family ...
Posted: Feb 13 2018 @ 7:15 AM
For a guy that’s beat the odds and made it to that fancy millionaire status, you’d think I’d know most – if not everything – when it comes to personal finance.  But here’s something that’s probably not much of a shocker… I don’t.  Not even close. When I first started this blog in May of 2015, I thought I was so smart when it came to finances.  Maybe not exactly a ...
Posted: Feb 06 2018 @ 7:15 AM
Pay yourself first.  I’m sure we’ve all heard it a million times.  It’s simple and to the point.  If you want to build up your wealth, you need to pay yourself first. When I was a teenager, that mantra was something my grandfather used to preach to me repeatedly.  He was truly an inspiration to me – he retired when he was in his mid-forties and lived to be in his ...
Posted: Jan 30 2018 @ 12:15 PM
Hey everyone – I just wanted to let you know that Laurie at The Three Year Experiment recently invited me to be interviewed on her series, “Location Independent, International Jobs.” I was excited to say yes and she hit me with all kinds of great questions (both financial and otherwise) regarding our plans to move to Panama in a couple years. Among other things, we talked about working or not working, schooling for my ...
Posted: Jan 24 2018 @ 4:03 PM


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