Living on the Cheap – December 3, 2017
It’s officially December so I feel like I can bring up Christmas without having people jump down my throat. Thank goodness.
I love giving my friends and family gifts they will love. I also like not having a lot of random stuff around the house and don’t want to burden other people that way. That’s why I like practical gifts. This list of stocking stuffers for adults has a bunch of great suggestions.
If any of you want to share the love with me, I particularly appreciate suggestion #3. I wear earbuds a lot and can’t ever seem to make a set last more than a couple of months. I’ve learned to just keep a spare around the house because when they start to go, it’s over quickly.
Four Pillar Freedom – November 28, 2017
Over and over again (and again, and again, and again…) the topic of retiring as part of the Financial Independence/Retire Early concept is discussed. I’ve already given my thoughts on this multiple times, so here is the CliffsNotes version:
- Nobody in the FIRE community is going to force anybody to stop working
- The goal is to make work optional so you are calling the shots and able to do the things you love, whether that’s continuing to work or sitting on the beach
- And if something happens that makes you unable to work, you will still be okay
But I understand that not everybody feels they will be able to save tons of money in a retirement account. In that case, you should be thinking of ways to make up for that. Check out this post for an example of a guy doing something he loves for just 6 hours per week. Six hours in exchange for all the spending money you need? That’s pretty good!
Mike and Tara
No specific post here. I met this couple on Saturday and was excited about their story, so I’m sharing it with you! Mike and Tara spent nearly 14 months traveling the world and only spent $50,000 doing it, total for both of them. I know that’s not something that most people can do while still working, but if you are interested – what a great retirement plan! That works out to an average of less than $3600/month, which is pretty reasonable for two people traveling full time.
Oh, I did find one specific page that I think some people will get a kick out of. Want to see just a whole mess of pugs? Here you go!