Eat The Financial Elephant

Where Do I Go From Here?// Starting a New Chapter In Early Retirement

I started Eat the Financial Elephant in May of 2014 to document my family’s journey to financial independence and retiring early (FIRE). It was meant to be a way to hold ourselves accountable while possibly inspiring others on their own journey. Now that we have reached our original goal, I’ve been spending a lot of […]

October Update// Entering The Home Stretch!

We’re not going to spend much time on the numbers. The graph speaks for itself. Things continue to look good, with assets as a multiple of our annual spending up from 21.39 to 21.90 over the past month. The Final Month of Work As long time readers know, I quit my job back in late […]

Our Plan for Health Insurance in Early Retirement

Wow, it’s getting real. I have less than 30 days of full time work left before entering the next phase of our early retirement plan! The general sentiment in our house is one of excitement. However, I would be lying if I said that there were also not moments of fear and doubt. One item […]

September Update//The Transition To Our F.I.R.E. Plan

Our numbers again are looking very good. Our assets as a multiple of our expenses jumped from 20.6x to 21.4x in just the past month. On the asset side, we are up 1.8% for the month, due to several factors. We continue to see strong performances from most asset classes in our portfolio. I also […]

August Update// Mixing The Math and Emotion Of Retirement Planning

Continuing Upward Our chart took another small tick upward this month. Investment values rose .91%. Expenses were very consistent as we spent $30 less than we did last August. Add it up and our assets as a multiple of annual spending improved from 20.2X to 20.6X. As projected earlier in the year, our month to […]

Guest Post at “Can I Retire Yet?”//Using Your Home to Retire Earlier

About three years ago, in the third post ever published on this site, I thanked six bloggers who forever changed my life by shifting my mindset and providing financial education that set me on the path to financial independence and early retirement. Today, I am excited to share a guest post I wrote for one […]

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