Category: Philosophy

The First Month Of Early Retirement

Before we get to the title of this article, let’s dive into the numbers and take a look at where we are as we start into this next phase of life. The graph continues to look very impressive with asset values reaching 23.9x our annual spending. Admittedly, part of this is due to an out […]

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 […]

July Update//Achieving Our Goals and Managing Our Fears

After a few months of flirting with it, we finally crossed the line of having investments exceed 20X our current annual spending. This was our original goal. We achieved it three months after our original target financial independence day. Our initial reaction was excitement and joy. Then we started thinking a bit about what these […]

Do You Need Help To Achieve Financial Independence?

When we started down our path to financial independence and early retirement (FIRE), we made many massive investing mistakes which I have documented extensively. My primary purpose in starting this blog was to become a consumer advocate to help educate others to avoid our mistakes. I also wanted to share our story to challenge long […]

There Is No “Risk-Free” Option

I recently swapped guest posts with Jared Casazza at “Fifth Wheel Physical Therapist”. Jared in turn got a response to my guest post written by Joe Reinke, CFA. Joe’s post critiqued how I manage risk and offered an alternative strategy. I disagree with the premise and conclusions strongly. However, I am happy to share opposing […]

May Update//Revisiting Our Financial Independence Day

So Close! Our investments as a multiple of our annual spending number continues to creep up. We reached another all time high this month at 19.7X up from 19.4X last month. The asset side of the equation continues to be bolstered by the ongoing bull market and automated monthly contributions, pushing asset values up 1.7%. On […]

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