Financial Independence

10 Dumb Things People Spend Money On

Each is under the most sacred obligation not to squander the material committed to him, not to sap his strength in folly and vice, and to see at the least that he delivers a product worthy the labor and cost which have been expended on him.”  -Anna Julia Cooper

 

Potholes on the Road to Financial Independence

I used to trade away my time for money without giving it a whole lot of thought, but luckily I have been on a steady path to fixing that problem for quite a while now.  The following expenditures are just a few of the things that I think a person who values their money as representations More >

Early Retirement: “If You Fail to Plan, then You Plan to Fail”

“”By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.”-  Benjamin Franklin

Let’s Talk Cash

Although I haven’t focused a whole lot on money to this point, I do see personal finance as one of this blog’s cornerstones.  I think that money plays such an important role in our lives, that it is not enough to simply say, “you should save,” but rather, we need to adjust our entire life philosophy before we can really tackle some of the challenges people face when it comes to money.  Hence why I’ve spent so much time harping on Stoicism and other seemingly unrelated topics.  Now that much of the More >

Are You More than Your Job?

An investment in knowledge pays the best interest.”  -Benjamin Franklin

What Do You Do?

How do you answer that question?  Do you immediately launch into an excited tale about your incredible occupation?  Or do you give a little sigh of resignation and respond with “I’m a ______,” or “I work at______?”  I’d bet that the majority of people fall into the latter category, even people who enjoy their jobs for the most part.  So, if we’re not all that excited by what we do for money, why do we allow it do identify us to such a degree?

I like to answer the question “what do you do?” with a witty More >

To Reclaim your Time, Control your Spending

“Economic independence is the foundation of the only sort of freedom worth a damn”-  H.L. Menken

Money is Time

To completely live our lives according to our own true values requires that we become independent of the influence money holds over our lives, which generally implies that we must become financially independent.  Almost everything that we do in this day and age costs money, whether it is upfront costs that we pay one time, or fees and expenses that just keep adding up.  I know this isn’t new information, but I think that most of us have a tendency to put things like this out of our More >

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