I've now been writing articles on this blog for almost 3 years (it'll be 3 years in April!). In that period, my life has changed drastically, so I think the time has come to update my original "about me" post so that you guys learn a little more about my journey to where I am … Continue reading Going From Broke Grad Student to Semi-Retired in 3 Years
Changes Since Last Update It has now been about 7 months since I first published an article detailing my monthly income from blogging. That article was requested by several of you guys and was well received. Since I love to write and talk about finances, I want to be as transparent as possible with you … Continue reading 2018 Average Monthly Blog Income and My Hourly Blog Earnings
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The Market Recovery What a turnaround! The domestic equity market almost completely recovered in January from the drastic drop in December. I'd be lying if I said I wasn't relieved by the recovery, especially since Whitney and I haven't worked for over 6 months now! I even came out ahead from the drop due to … Continue reading Progress to Financial Independence- January 2019
Savings Rate Changes I've written in the past about how my high savings rate has been the key to being able to semi-retire after only three years of full time work. In fact, savings rate is the single most important factor in determining your financial independence date and has been the primary focus for me on … Continue reading 2018 Savings Rate in First Year of Semi-Retirement!
One of my favorite things in the world is getting discounted or free travel. For that reason, the best credit card rewards are one of the things that I'm always on the lookout for. Sometimes this can mean going a little overboard, like earning over 1,000,000 points/miles in a three year period, but the value … Continue reading Getting Huge Value with the Amex Hilton Aspire Credit Card
After our semi-retirement last year in 2018, and a wonderfully successful 5 month trip around the world, it's pretty safe to say that Whitney and I are hooked on traveling and exploring various international destinations. We spent about a month in Europe during the trip last year, but most of our time was in SE … Continue reading 15 Week Summer European Adventure in 2019!
Mr. Market is Mad! Whew, December was a rough month for my net worth. The S&P 500 was down over 13% during the month, which makes it the worst month ever since I started investing seriously in 2015. Luckily I was overweight in cash, so my portfolio wasn't hit as hard as it could have … Continue reading Progress to Financial Independence- December 2018
Today I'm excited to bring you a guest post written by James Lowery at RethinkTheRatRace.com about rental property investing. This is an area of investing that I've been interested in for a long time, but I haven't pursued just yet. James has a lot of experience in this area, and this post provides significant value on the … Continue reading Rental Property Investing 101
We're Back! Whitney and I have been back in the United States for about three weeks now. It's hard to believe how quickly our five month semi-retirement trip flew by, but it was an amazing experience filled with memories that we will have forever. We were sad for the trip to end, but we were … Continue reading Five Months Traveling Around The World for Less than $37/Day!