Kidulting Again – LEGO Moon Landing

I’ve been a responsible adult for about 35 years, but I’ve enjoyed living a second childhood since we made our FIRE Escape in 2016. The pleasure of living in this ‘Kidulthood’ has become the key discovery of our lifestyle change. A few weeks ago, I shared my latest obsession with re-living the Apollo Mission history from my grade school days. Childish, maybe – but several … Continue reading Kidulting Again – LEGO Moon Landing

FIRE: Everyone Has Their Own Reaction

I’ve noted before that the media loves to create hysteria & fear about early retirement.  From Suze Orman’s cautions that the FIRE movement is “the dumbest personal finance decision people can make” to this recent article from CNBC focusing on the ‘Downsides of Early Retirement That No One Tells You About’. I thought it might be good to offer my own experience as a counterpoint … Continue reading FIRE: Everyone Has Their Own Reaction

Calendar Chaos Continues

One aspect of my career that has ‘invaded’ my early retirement is living with an electronic calendar. Perhaps I was naive, but I thought I would be gleefully off the digital date keeper once I left MegaCorp. After decades of having my days organized with electronic group calendaring software – from early Higgins to Lotus Notes to Microsoft Outlook – I thought it would be … Continue reading Calendar Chaos Continues

Extra Spending For ‘Go-Go’ Years

Kiplinger’s recent published an article that is getting a lot of buzz about their description of three different phases of retirement. They are proposing that retirees plan on spending more early – during your ‘Go-Go Years’ – versus later in retirement, when your energy & desire to be very active may decline. Calling the later two stages ‘Slow-Go’ and ‘Won’t-Go’, they propose people plan to … Continue reading Extra Spending For ‘Go-Go’ Years

Keep Your Benefits Locked In Social Security?

One topic I write very infrequently about is Social Security. As someone who retired before my 50th birthday, it has always been something that seems too far off. Recently at an update with our financial advisor, we talked a bit about the timeline that Social Security is structured around. 62 is the earliest age at which one can take a Social Security benefit and almost … Continue reading Keep Your Benefits Locked In Social Security?

Does It Really Pay To Be Frugal For Coffee/Lunch?

Our son is working at a software development company this summer. It’s his first professional job and he has one more year of college before he is finished with his computer science degree. We took him out for dinner last night and asked him what he was doing for lunch each day. He said most people in his group go out for lunch every day, … Continue reading Does It Really Pay To Be Frugal For Coffee/Lunch?