net worth target by age

When can you ditch your 9 – 5? Let’s find out your net worth target by age!

Having a net worth target by age is the kind of right of passage every adult should go through.  Targets, in general, are awesome.  They give you a goal to work for.  Help you stick to your plans over time.  And motivate you to work harder! From one day to the other, you can go from saving just for the sake of it to saving to reach a certain number and goal.  And once you continue reading…

not saved for retirement so far

So you have not saved for retirement so far? Here is how to turn the tide!

Procrastination happens to the best of us.  I personally like to procrastinate when it comes to doing laundry until I’m down to my last shirt.  Sometimes though, procrastination happens with much greater and more important aspects of life.  Such as saving for retirement.  Does that sound like you?  Have you not saved for retirement so far? If this is you, it is time to acknowledge the fact that you did not yet save for retirement continue reading…

target date funds pros and cons

Target Date Funds Pros and Cons – taking the road less traveled can pay off big

Imagine yourself hiking through a forest.  After a few hours, you come to a crossroad.  One way looks straight, easy to maneuver, and sunny to boot.  The other appears to have tons of turns, hills and is looking a bit chilly as well.  Which one will you choose? Straight, easy to maneuver, and sunny, right? Let’s add a few more variables.  The easy path, even though less strenuous, will add three hours to your hike. continue reading…

patience for financial independence

Let’s all acquire the patience for financial independence together!

The personal finance blogging community has been the greatest experiences of my life (so far).  And I love to give shout outs to those who inspire me on my journey so they can inspire you as well.  Today I want to highlight a post from Financial Samurai, a well-known presence in the community. He recently wrote about fear.  Particularly, how it enabled him to become who he is and accomplish what he has already accomplished continue reading…

how much money you need to retire comfortably

The 4% Rule: The opening bid of how much money you need to retire comfortably!

The 4% rule has been a tried and true rule within the early retirement community for some years now.  It might be known to you as the Safe Withdrawal Rate or simply SWR.  If it is not known to you quite yet, let’s define it before we dive further into this opening bid of how much money you need to retire comfortably! The Safe Withdrawal Rate is the % of your investments available to you continue reading…

Uncovered ... The Frugal Habits Of The Millionaire Next Door

Uncovered … The Frugal Habits Of The Millionaire Next Door

I don’t know about you, but I like to be in good company.  And there is a particular type of “company” I am currently working on joining eventually down the road – The Millionaire Club.  To get there, I have been diligently chipping away at my goal by adopting the frugal habits of the millionaire next door. Keeping such company can, at first, sound a bit shallow.  I by no means picture myself in a continue reading…

Achieving Financial Independence - Prank or Reality

Achieving Financial Independence … prank or reality?

It’s confession time!  The first time I read about the concept of achieving financial independence, I thought it was some April Fools prank.  Retirement only happened at 65, right?  The thought was too intriguing however to not dig into further.  After all, traveling the world why I can still move all four of my limbs properly sounded very enticing. What became obvious very quickly was that I am not alone on my newfound journey to continue reading…

Retirement Checkup

Quarterly Retirement Checkup … it’s like going to the doctor

Once upon a time, I’ve learned a valuable lesson. A “retirement checkup” lesson. And I’m a sucker for sharing. So here it goes. My twenty-year-old naive self was strolling down first-real-job lane. This included a 401k. How grown up of me, I know. Here I had picked my investment selections and then did … nothing. For a whole year. Yup, I was an idiot! Twelve months rolled by and my boyfriend started talking annual returns continue reading…

Part 2 - Index Investing and why it is the simple way of coming out up top

Part 2 – Index Investing and why it is the simple way of coming out up top

The world of investing comes with a plethora of options.  Real estate, stocks, bonds, actual options…  Dizzy yet?  I would be!  Clearly, it can easily turn into pandora’s box if not careful.  I don’t care to compete with Wallstreet brokers.  And hiring (and paying) so-called advisors for something I was able to easily learn and do myself was certainly not going to happen.  So I turned to Index Investing … every novice investor’s dream come true. continue reading…