Progress Update – 7/22/2017 – 3 Alternative Investments

If you’re new to ExitYoung.com, Welcome!  We started this blog August 2016 after The Revelation, deciding on The Mission, and starting this site.  We post regularly about the journey, personal finance, and miscellaneous musings in the Posts section. We had been posting our financial goal progress monthly, but as that doesn’t change in interesting ways each month we’ve scaled back to quarterly and for the big events. We didn’t hit any new milestone, but we are up again since the last update, mostly attributable to […]

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Don’t Wish Your Life Away

It was just about 5 years ago and my co-worker announced she was retiring.  All I could feel was envy.  I’ve been LITERALLY thinking about retiring since I graduated from college.  I have been saving as much as possible for as long as possible.  Not in a living in a tent kind of way but in a saving over 20% since I graduated way. Later that day we met for a coffee and I told her how jealous I was.  […]

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5-2 Diet for your Wallet – Results

5-2 Diet For those of you who aren’t familiar, the 5-2 diet (also known as the Fast Diet) is a type of intermittent fasting.  The gist of it is that 5 days a week you eat normally.  On the other 2 days of the week, you eat no more than 500 calories for a woman or 600 calories for a man.  I’ve used this method to drop 15lbs and hold it off for a while.  Just like all diets though, they […]

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Millionaires and Marriage – Guest Post

We all try to emulate millionaires – we track their investments, listen to their financial advice and read their books. So why do we know so little about how they feel about the biggest investment they make in their lives? Choosing a spouse. In fact, a business person’s biggest deal is choosing who to marry. After all, that deal alone can cost them half of their net worth! I decided to do a little research into what millionaires think about […]

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Financial Spring Cleaning

Its hitting the 70’s here today so even though the groundhog decided on 6 more weeks of winter, it must be time for some spring cleaning!  Just like chores around the house, your finances could use a little attention this time of year too.  Here’s your Financial Spring Cleaning honey do list. Intro Rates If you’re like most people you have some monthly bills that began with an intro rate that has since expired.  Cable and internet are famous for this rate […]

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Christmas on F.I.R.E.

Since we’ve set our goals we’ve gotten more aggressive in our saving and much more thoughtful about our spending.  This has got me pondering about how much money is wasted at Christmas time.  Can we rethink holiday spending the same way we have about spending and retirement. Receiving I don’t know about you but I would say somewhere between 1 and most of the gifts I get each year are not a good use of money.  Either its something I […]

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Trump v. Early Retirement

It’s been quite an eventful week since the U.S. election of Donald Trump.  I’m not going to get into my preference of candidate because no one cares and I don’t want to take away from the purpose of this site or post.  What I did want to do is take another look at the concerns I had pre-election and the realities since then.  For simplicity I’ll include my original thoughts and tack on from there. Health Care – thoughts pre-election […]

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The Election, Early Retirement, and Escaping Swing State Ads

Its finally election day in the United States.  I personally am happy that its over for better or for worse.  I live in a swing state and I’m pretty sure that I can recite some of the ads verbatim.  That said I have been musing about how this election cycle and the eventual outcome can and likely will impact our Early Retirement goals.  I’m not going to get into politics or my vote, just some thoughts on potential impacts to our […]

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Sharing our plans with family and rethinking Early Retirement

I’ve mentioned that we have a 1 year old daughter.  We’ve used that as much as possible to make family come to us for visits.  Well we finally lost that battle and agreed we’d make the trip this time.  Between 3 different stops and a few more day trips we hit about 1,200 miles.  I must admit the kid was a good sport about being stuck in the car and she mostly slept.  We had very nice visits overall except when we shared our exit young […]

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Best Locations for Early Retirement

One of the biggest decisions we need to work out before our exit is where we will live.  We live now in our work location, its nice, but not our early retirement dream.  Our exit young location is intended to be a stable place to raise our daughter until she turns 18.  After that, we could consider anywhere. Considerations Proximity to our families is a limiting factor.  We like our families (in-laws and all).  We are all on the U.S. east […]

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