Get your ass outside this Spring!

Enjoy Nature. Enjoy Life.

April 13, 2014 | Posted in Lifestyle

After a ridiculously long and cold winter the temperature has started to climb above the 70 degree mark, and spring has officially begun. I don’t care what the calendar says. Spring doesn’t officially start until you can completely turn off

A Kick-in-the-teeth Guide to Investing

KICK IN THE TEETH INVESTING

March 26, 2014 | Posted in Investing

Most people aren’t rocket scientists when it comes to investing. I’m not either, but I know enough about it that hopefully I can teach you something about it in the next five minutes. You need to know why you’re investing.

Quit your job and do something you love.

Quit Your Job and do something you love.

March 23, 2014 | Posted in Financial Independence

When I created this site my goal was simple: to retire by age 35 and to document the 7 year journey. During these past 15 months I’ve gone through many life changes. We downsized to a smaller house, brought a

Overcoming Mistakes.

einstein_mistake

March 13, 2014 | Posted in Lifestyle

Fifth grade was a big year for me. It was the year that my age was finally in the double digits. It was also the first time that I realized that I liked girls. One girl in particular caught my

Budgeting, Maxing out, and Avoiding Impulse

GetYourFreeMoney

March 5, 2014 | Posted in How money works

Set up a budget. The idea of budgeting makes most people cringe, but I think that’s because most people only half understand this concept. It isn’t about deprivation. It’s about TRACKING your spending. Without a budget you can’t honestly know

Finding happiness

happy hour

February 27, 2014 | Posted in Lifestyle

During the fall of 2013 Mrs. M and I attended a workshop in Ecuador which covered the basic topics of Happiness, Freedom and Wealth. One of the presenters (who also happened to be the host), Cheryl Reed, led a class

Retiring with $650k less in 7 steps

Mow Your Own Damn Lawn

February 23, 2014 | Posted in Early Retirement

Over the past two weeks I’ve been having an ongoing conversation with a reader through email who desperately wants to retire by 55. He’s currently 43 and has $600k saved in his 401k. With 12 more years to optimize and

The Rule of 300

the rule of 300

February 16, 2014 | Posted in Early Retirement

There are countless articles and calculators that will attempt to give you the best possible retirement advice and a projection of how long your money will last. But if you’re looking for the quickest and easiest way to figure out

Six ways to increase productivity and get shit done.

get off your computer

February 12, 2014 | Posted in Productivity

I used to give in to being a lazy sack of shit. I would spend afternoons doing nothing. I would sit on the couch in sweatpants eating ice cream while participating in the the laziest type of marathon ever: the

There’s more than one path to a First Class life

more than one path

February 5, 2014 | Posted in Lifestyle

Your life and my life are completely different. Even though we’re both living (or striving to live) the First Class lifestyle powered by frugality and optimization, it doesn’t mean that we’re necessarily going about it the same way. It also