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 →

The Monthly Downsizer: April 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 →

The Monthly Downsizer: March 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 →

Rewards of a Pilgrimage Through Pain

For the sake of this post, let’s say that the definition of pilgrimage is a journey to a holy place. And that the definition of holy is healthy, whole, happy, and sound. The English word “holy” dates back to at least the 11th century with the Old English word hālig, an adjective derived from hāl meaning “whole” and used to mean… Read more →

Taxes, Frugality and Investments

In the world of FIRE, it becomes easy to see how all things financial (decisions, transactions, etc.) are interrelated. When I was working on our tax returns for 2016, I could see easily that “bad” news from TurboTax meant that there was good news with investment results. And we would not have the investment results that we do without Captain… Read more →

The Monthly Downsizer: February 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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