Category: Early Retirement

November 2017: Preparing for the Worst!

During the month of November, Mr. Grumby and I took some time to consider a few worst case scenarios and how to best prepare for them. Our top three were loss of physical health, loss of life, and mental incapacity. And our measures of preparation included open enrollment, HSA contributions, and a review of our wills and advanced directives. You… Read more →

6 Game Changers on the Grumby FIRE Path

The easiest way to become independently wealthy is to inherit money from a rich uncle*, or maybe you could write an app that cures male-pattern baldness. If you don’t have a rich uncle or coding skills, what can you do to escape the hamster wheel of death, a/k/a full time work? Publisher’s Clearinghouse? Powerball? Take up the bass and start… Read more →

The Monthly Downsizer: June 2017

In July of 2015 we moved from a 1,400 square foot house with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and an oversize double garage to an 880 sq. ft. apartment.  Four months later, we downsized again and moved to a 670 sq. ft. apartment.  With the goals of shortening our retirement horizon and simplifying our lives, we jettisoned most of our belongings and took the plunge into… Read more →

7 Meditation Benefits for FIRE

Making the decision to to spend less and save more requires a long-term commitment to changing habits and shifting perspective. One technique I like is practicing meditation to train my attention. This exercise can be particularly beneficial when pursuing financial independence (FI) and/or planning to retire early (RE). Here are 7 ways that meditation can be beneficial to the FIRE… Read more →

The Monthly Downsizer: May 2017

In July of 2015 we moved from a 1,400 square foot house with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and an oversize double garage to an 880 sq. ft. apartment.  Four months later, we downsized again and moved to a 670 sq. ft. apartment.  With the goals of shortening our retirement horizon and simplifying our lives, we jettisoned most of our belongings and took the plunge into… Read more →

Abandoning the Downsizing Wagon

Argh. We have made so much progress. We have been downsizing. We saved our money. We sold our house. We sold our car for Pete’s sake. Whoever Pete is. But after sloshing and slopping our way through wettest winter in memory, the prospect of standing in cold rain waiting for one more train or bus is horrific. And I have… Read more →

The Monthly Downsizer: January 2017

In July of 2015 we moved from a 1,400 square foot house with 4 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms and an oversize double garage to an 880 sq. ft. apartment.  Four months later, we downsized again and moved to a 670 sq. ft. apartment.  With the goals of shortening our retirement horizon and simplifying our lives, we jettisoned most of our belongings and took the plunge into… Read more →

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