Monthly Archive: August 2014

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You Need a Financial Checklist

I see lots of people that don’t pay nearly enough attention to their financial lives.  It is important to monitor all of the things that could affect your credit, retirement, interest rates, expenses, etc.  If you want to achieve early retirement or just ensure you are being efficient with your...

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P2P Lending as an Investment

How Prosper is Providing a Portion of my Early Retirement Peer to peer lending (P2P) has been a trending investment topic for a few years now.  I think there are still a lot of people that are either on the sidelines because they have never looked into it or think it is too...

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Solar Power as a Financial Independence Strategy

What does solar energy have to do with early retirement?  A lot if you are in a state that gets lots of sunshine or has high rebates (Oregon almost pays you to install it!). Most people focus on what income you need to retire.  Those looking for financial independence (FI)...

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Early Retirement is NOT Plain Old Retirement

Many people hear the word retirement and think of a person being put out to pasture to quietly live out the rest of his or her days.  Early retirement is much different.  It is the freedom to pursue other avenues for which a full time job would just get in...

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Money is a Tool, Use a Financial Budget

People who want to achieve financial independence and retire early know that money is just a tool.  People that are living above their means and without a financial budget either are not aware of that fact or they choose to ignore it.  Its true that money does not make people happy,...