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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 […]

What Do You Do?

I recently had the opportunity to attend my 20 year high school reunion.  Throughout the night, I heard the same question asked repeatedly.  It is a question you will probably ask or be asked any time you attend a social event where you meet new people or see someone you haven’t seen in years.  What […]

Taking The Next Steps

The path to building wealth, allowing for financial independence, early retirement or any other life goals you may have, is a ridiculously simple concept. Spend less than you earn.  Invest the rest wisely.  Become wealthy. However, most people find it incredibly difficult to implement this formula into their lives and actually build wealth.  Over the past few weeks, […]

Want to Know How to Retire Early? Start Asking the Right Questions.

We first became truly serious about early retirement shortly after our daughter was born about 2 years ago.  Before this, the “grand plan” was to just save as much as possible to be able to transition to retirement, or working a minimal amount to make some money to support us without burning through our savings. […]

Earn a Masters Degree in Financial Independence While Driving to Work

A theme on this blog is eliminating waste from our lives.  Nowhere in our life is there a bigger waste of time than that spent in our cars.  The average American wastes almost one hour just on their round-trip work commute every day.  I recently heard of Zig Ziglar’s concept of  “automobile university”.  The concept […]

“Dirtbag Millionaires”

Throughout our adult lives, we’ve floated back and forth weekly between two parallel universes. The “Dirtbags” We are very active in a number of outdoor activities.  Every weekend we would head out into our circle of friends involved in these activities.  Most people we know are weekend warriors like ourselves. However, there are a few […]