Category: Philosophy

April Update// Three Pictures Are Worth…

It was a crazy busy month in the Elephant Eater household, which meant little time for writing. However, I do want to share three images in this monthly update. If a picture is worth a thousand words, that means this short post is packing 3,000+ words of knowledge. BAM! Picture 1 The upward march toward […]

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 […]

March Update//Trusting Your Process

Our assets as a multiple of our annual spending have reached their all-time high at 18.7X, up from 17.9X last month. This 18.7 number is actually artificially low as we’ll show below. Breaking Down The Numbers On the assets side, there was not much change. Our portfolio was up by .82% over the past month, […]

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 […]

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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