• February in the Caribbean

    Root of Good on Radical Personal Finance Podcast

    I was lucky enough to be invited on the Radical Personal Finance podcast last week. The host, Joshua Sheats, “interviews others to learn from their success, to hear what they’re doing and how they’re winning.”

    During the interview, Joshua points out that retiring at 33 is kind of radical and asks me to explain to an audience not indoctrinated into the Financial Independence / Retire Early world how it’s possible to retire that early. I do my best, but you’ll have to listen to the podcast to find out how successful I was.

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    Case Study: High Earning Attorneys Shun High Spending Lifestyle

    After graduating from law school ten years ago, Jane has practiced as an attorney and ended up in Washington, DC married to another attorney. Most 30-something attorneys working at big law firms in big cities are making a ton of money and spending most of it living the high life.

    Jane and her husband made the conscious decision to split from the herd of her high-spending colleagues and do the bizarre. They paid down huge law school debts, saved boatloads of money, tactically bought a home at fire sale prices, and carefully managed their expenses and investments to bring about a certain level of financial independence in their mid-30′s. Though they won’t be retiring early immediately, their money savvy behavior will allow them to execute a “coup de career” very soon so they can get back to living life on their own terms.

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    September 2014 Financial Update

    September. An ugly month for our investments, but an awesomely fun month for us. After making $33,000 in August, we gave it all back and then some in September by lopping $50,000 off our net worth. Our spending was roughly in line with our budget in spite of almost $2,000 in unplanned vacation expenses (the “awesomely fun” part).

    With $6,125 of income in September, we more than covered our $2,802 in spending. More than half of our income came in the form of dividends and interest from our investment portfolio.

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    Our Bad Experience With AirBnB Rental Had A Happy Ending

    While on our road trip through Canada, we rented a two bedroom apartment in Quebec City. The reviews at AirBnB were great and made the place sound clean and well-appointed. It had a large kitchen with plenty of room for us to cook. The living room was spacious and had enough seating for our family of five. The bedrooms had comfortable beds and plenty of linens.

    Unfortunately, the apartment was filthy!

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    Canada Trip Part 6: Trip Wrap Up

    Quebec City was as far as we made it on our trip. We decided to call it quits, pack up, and go home after we found out our apartment for the week in Quebec City was really, really, really dirty. That’s not to say we didn’t enjoy our limited time in Quebec City. It’s a cool place with lots to see. We, as a family, were travel weary.

    We were worn out. We set out on what was supposed to be a five week trip with dual goals of sightseeing and relaxation. We visited all kinds of places and saw most of the things on our wish list. But that took a toll on our efforts to relax.

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    August 2014 Financial Update

    Wow, what a month! The markets started off August with a whimper and closed out the month with a bang. The steady rise in the stock market throughout August made us wealthier by $33,000. We spent the month at home in Raleigh, and kept our spending in line with our budget.

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February in the Caribbean

Root of Good on Radical Personal Finance Podcast

I was lucky enough to be invited on the Radical Personal Finance podcast last week. The host, Joshua Sheats, “interviews others to learn from their success, to hear what they’re doing and how they’re winning.”

During the interview, Joshua points out that retiring at 33 is kind of radical and asks me to explain to an audience not indoctrinated into the Financial Independence / Retire Early world how it’s possible to retire that early. I do my best, but you’ll have to listen to the podcast to find out how successful I was.

deep-creek-lake

Case Study: High Earning Attorneys Shun High Spending Lifestyle

After graduating from law school ten years ago, Jane has practiced as an attorney and ended up in Washington, DC married to another attorney. Most 30-something attorneys working at big law firms in big cities are making a ton of money and spending most of it living the high life.

Jane and her husband made the conscious decision to split from the herd of her high-spending colleagues and do the bizarre. They paid down huge law school debts, saved boatloads of money, tactically bought a home at fire sale prices, and carefully managed their expenses and investments to bring about a certain level of financial independence in their mid-30′s. Though they won’t be retiring early immediately, their money savvy behavior will allow them to execute a “coup de career” very soon so they can get back to living life on their own terms.

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February in the Caribbean

Root of Good on Radical Personal Finance Podcast

I was lucky enough to be invited on the Radical Personal Finance podcast last week. The host, Joshua Sheats, “interviews others to learn from their success, to hear what they’re doing and how they’re winning.”

During the interview, Joshua points out that retiring at 33 is kind of radical and asks me to explain to an audience not indoctrinated into the Financial Independence / Retire Early world how it’s possible to retire that early. I do my best, but you’ll have to listen to the podcast to find out how successful I was.

Root of Good on Radical Personal Finance Podcast

February in the Caribbean

I was lucky enough to be invited on the Radical Personal Finance podcast last week. The host, Joshua Sheats, “interviews others to learn from their success, to hear what they’re doing and how they’re winning.”

During the interview, Joshua points out that retiring at 33 is kind of radical and asks me to explain to an audience not indoctrinated into the Financial Independence / Retire Early world how it’s possible to retire that early. I do my best, but you’ll have to listen to the podcast to find out how successful I was.

Read more

Case Study: High Earning Attorneys Shun High Spending Lifestyle

deep-creek-lake

After graduating from law school ten years ago, Jane has practiced as an attorney and ended up in Washington, DC married to another attorney. Most 30-something attorneys working at big law firms in big cities are making a ton of money and spending most of it living the high life.

Jane and her husband made the conscious decision to split from the herd of her high-spending colleagues and do the bizarre. They paid down huge law school debts, saved boatloads of money, tactically bought a home at fire sale prices, and carefully managed their expenses and investments to bring about a certain level of financial independence in their mid-30′s. Though they won’t be retiring early immediately, their money savvy behavior will allow them to execute a “coup de career” very soon so they can get back to living life on their own terms.

Read more

September 2014 Financial Update

costa-maya-mexico

September. An ugly month for our investments, but an awesomely fun month for us. After making $33,000 in August, we gave it all back and then some in September by lopping $50,000 off our net worth. Our spending was roughly in line with our budget in spite of almost $2,000 in unplanned vacation expenses (the “awesomely fun” part).

With $6,125 of income in September, we more than covered our $2,802 in spending. More than half of our income came in the form of dividends and interest from our investment portfolio.

Read more

Our Bad Experience With AirBnB Rental Had A Happy Ending

airbnb-bedroom-quebec

While on our road trip through Canada, we rented a two bedroom apartment in Quebec City. The reviews at AirBnB were great and made the place sound clean and well-appointed. It had a large kitchen with plenty of room for us to cook. The living room was spacious and had enough seating for our family of five. The bedrooms had comfortable beds and plenty of linens.

Unfortunately, the apartment was filthy!

Read more