Category: Lifestyle

Becoming More Transparent//The Positive and Negative Of Blogging Anonymously

Over the past three years, I, with my wife’s blessing, help, and support, have chosen to be an anonymous blogger. This decision has been both a blessing and a curse. The Blessing On the blessing side, anonymity gave me the courage to put my ideas out in the public eye in ways that I otherwise […]

From 6-Figure Debt To Financial Independence In Less Than 5 Years

Today I am bringing you a guest post courtesy of Jared Casazza, who writes the blog “Fifth Wheel Physical Therapist“. He is a just starting his career  as a PT while working to rapidly achieve financial independence. He recently reached out to me due to our shared career and interest in FIRE. We quickly hit […]

February Update//Movin’ On Up and Random Shout Outs

Well that graph is finally looking better. Our numbers were buoyed by a combination of a big spending reduction as compared to last February and a continued run on stocks sending our asset values on a continued upward trajectory. Last month our assets increased by 3.45%. Simultaneously, our annual expenses dropped by 4.3%. Add it […]

I Quit My Job Today!//This Whole F.I.R.E. Thing is Real

On May 1, 2014 I took a deep breath and hit the publish button. Eat the Financial Elephant was born. My first post was titled: I’M not QUITTING MY JOB TODAY! Today, February 28, 2017 I can finally say that this blog is more than a thought exercise. More than a series of hypothetical situations, […]

Don’t Be A Donkey

Financial independence/early retirement (FIRE) blogs can be summed up with a few simple directives that nearly everyone repeats: Save a large percentage of your income (preferably at least 50%). Learn to be a DIY investor. Invest in index funds, or dividend focused stocks, or real estate, or all of them. Minimize your taxes. Consider yourself […]

Are We Financially Independent?//Breaking Down the Budget

In our last post, we shared that our annual spending was up approximately $10,000 compared to the previous year. We are pretty anti-budget, and we appreciate having the ability to be flexible with our spending. However, we are even more anti-being ignorant of important stuff. I think knowing where our cash is flowing qualifies. Our […]

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