Category: Lifestyle

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 […]

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 […]

June Update//We Spent 6-Figures On Our Vacation!

Well it was a crazy month for us. We’re going to skip the usual introduction to the update with graphs because nothing much changed. We spent a little bit more than usual which was balanced out by continued investment contributions and gains taking our investment values as a multiple of annual spending from 19.67 down […]

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 […]

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