Health Insurance for 2019 – First Take

Tomorrow is Election Day.  It far exceeds April Fool’s Day in terms of the number of people who get pranked!  A lot of this year’s focus continues to be on health insurance, so with November Open Enrollment now here, I thought I would take a quick look at what premiums we are likely to pay…

Bam! My Interview with Kiplinger’s

A couple months ago, I did a 45 minute phone interview with a reporter writing for Kiplinger’s on health insurance for early retirees. She said that she had read our FIRE story on this blog and in particular a post called “Health Insurance – The Biggest Worry For Early Retirees” caught her attention. She appreciated…

The Cost Of Sports – Not Child’s Play

Are your kids involved in activities that are expensive? I signed up with a tennis club last week so I can continue to play during the winter months. I got 39 matches in this summer (playing outside) and it is hard for me to now pay for something I could do for free under the…

Work Stress & Health – By The Numbers

For the last 6 years I worked at the MegaCorp I officially early retired from, I was a Corporate Officer and had the benefit of getting Executive Health benefits.  Since we live in Minnesota, that meant I could go to the Mayo Clinic or a similar program (I usually went to one closer to the…

The Best Things In Life Are Free (and Outdoors)

Last week I had the pleasure of enjoying dinner with a good friend that I haven’t seen in more than 15 years.  Michael and I were long-ago colleagues at a now distant MegaCorp and I have always enjoyed his perspective on life, family, and happiness. This is a guy who does a great job prioritizing…

Fitness Activity In Early Retirement

Early retirement isn’t just about finances, it is also about keeping yourself healthy.  I am happy to report that I have continued my diligence in tracking my fitness activity into my second year of early retirement.  My daily fitness level is up dramatically compared to my former working self.  Since April of last year, I…