FIRE Travel – Electric Tokyo, Japan

Our son graduated from high school in 2016 and we let him choose a big international trip to mark the occasion.  No surprise that the boy who grew up loving Nintendo, Pokemon, and electronics chose Tokyo!  I’ve written a couple posts about it – packing for the trip & Japan’s unique retirement perspective – but…

Update – Is Bitcoin a Bust or Bounty?

It’s been almost a year since I published my initial post on cryptocurrencies and I thought it would be a good time to provide an update on how our foray into this Wild West of personal finance has advanced – and what I’ve come to believe about their benefits and the confusion around them. PORTFOLIO…

Are You Retiring ‘Early’?

I retired much earlier than most people. I was 49 years old, just two weeks short of my 50th birthday. As I talk with people about early retirement, I find that most people don’t really know how early is ‘early’. The average retirement age in the USA is 62. That’s a bit higher than it…

Stock Market Jitters – Down -10%

The stock market has been quite jittery over the past week, and although we keep a good amount of cash on hand, that makes me jittery, too.  I don’t usually watch the market returns everyday, but when the market sinks -10.1% in a couple weeks – official counting now as a ‘market correction’ – that…

4,548,220 Steps to 2018

“Staying busy in early retirement?” people ask me all the time. Yes, I guess I can say that I’ve found literally MILLIONS of things to do, since I chalked up a healthy 4,548,220 steps in 2017. How do I know? Well, about 6 months before I quit working in 2016, I started tracking my daily…

Lifestyle Change By The Numbers

One of the things I enjoyed about working was coming in every morning and looking at the sales & volume numbers of the businesses I worked on.  Each day, we would get a Daily Volume Report that showed how many cases of cookies, canned soup, frozen pizzas, or yogurt cups had been ordered by our…