Back to Work I'm pretty late getting this update out unfortunately. We've been pretty busy lately with some adjustments in our plans. At the end of February we found a couple of really good travel jobs! High paying outpatient jobs are always our main priority, and we found that this time close to Northern Virginia. … Continue reading Progress to Financial Independence- February 2019
It has been almost 3 years now since I wrote my first article about my plan to seek student loan forgiveness using an income based payment plan instead of paying down my debt aggressively. About a year after that, I wrote an article about how I made a mistake in which income based repayment plan … Continue reading Over $20,000 Ahead After 3.5 Years of Income Based Student Loan Payments
A few months ago, I wrote about how Whitney and I went about saving money on our accommodation expenses while traveling internationally. The tips I mentioned in that article were vital for me keeping my average expenses below $37/day while traveling on our trip around the world. We'll also be utilizing those same techniques on our … Continue reading Buying Discounted AirBnB Gift Cards
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
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