One More Year – Income Tax Bite

We just finished paying our taxes for 2014. We spent the last month working with our new accountant on the ugliness.  I like to think that our taxes are pretty simple – I only work for one company – but yet they always end up being a lot more complicated that I want.  And expensive……

Pre-FIRE Escape – “Not Bored” List

“You’ll be bored.” More than anything, that’s the response I expect from friends & family that when I retire early next year.  The plan is that it will be just a few weeks short of my fiftieth birthday (‘FIRE by 50’).  It’s a worry that increasingly dominates my thoughts.  Will I think myself a clever…

Chinese Proverb

“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago.  The second best time is now. “ This wise proverb is as important for achieving your early retirement goals as any other virtue in life.  It is easy to say that you are too far behind to play catch-up, but if you don’t start…

Millionaire Next Door – Thomas Stanley RIP

  It is with true sadness that I read that Dr. Thomas Stanley, co-author of the Millionaire Next Door, was killed recently in an unfortunate car accident.  Reuters wrote that “Stanley was killed Saturday afternoon when a car slammed into his vehicle near his home in Marietta, Georgia.” Stanley researched the lives of American “high…

How Much Is Enough? – Jimmy John’s

I enjoy “living the good life” parables like this that help put put the concept of “Life > Money” in perspective … it’s featured in most Jimmy John’s sandwich shops … HOW MUCH IS ENOUGH? “The American investment banker was at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with just…