Category: Lifestyle

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 […]

Money Isn’t Everything!

 In our November progress update, I briefly mentioned that we made a sizable spur of the moment charitable donation. We were trying to limit our spending for the month, but thought this was a perfect opportunity to give money to a cause we couldn’t pass up. I want to share a bit more about our […]

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