On Friday December 28th 2007 I decided to move from blogspot to my own domain after having blogged for about 3 weeks. During the following month subscribers increased from 27 to 176 and I reached 10,000 unique visitors. As this is much more than I expected I have stopped setting small intermediate goals. Instead I’m going all out as advocated in the “S-curve“-post below.
Here’s a list of the posts that I wrote in January which I personally think are the most useful.
Two useful tools to align your behavior for early retirement
- Better goal setting with S-curves – explains why starting slowly or not knowing when to stop is a bad idea.
- Cash flow diagrams for the poor, the middle class, and the investor class – it’s not how much money you earn, it’s how you earn it.
How to get wealthy and successful
Everybody seems to want this for some reason 😀
- How to get wealthy on minimum wage – as always some of these suggestions will be obvious to some and eye opening to others. But if wealth is a priority, it can be done on low wage.
- Stranger in a strange land – a controversial essay on my definition of success and how to achieve it.
… by not spending it.
- Eliminating heating bills and cutting down on heating costs – so far it has been a great success for us.
- Is your stuff holding you back? – a lot of stuff means it’s harder to move and find a cheaper place to live.
- Getting in shape without paying a dime – on bodyweight exercises.
How much do I need to retire early
One frequently asked question is whether 1 million, 2 million, … or even 7 million is enough to retire on. My answer is that it depends completely on the level of your annual expenses. Typically investments worth 25 times annual expenses is the minimum requirement. 30-35 is safer.
Is it the engine that is the problem?
- Bicycle commuting – saves a hundreds of dollars and tons of carbon dioxide emissions.
- Walking in the rain – saves wear and tear on the bike if it rains
Here are my favorite posts of December.
As always I am interested in knowing if there is anything anyone wants me to discuss. I am already working on a post about index funds and also on part IV of How I became financially independent in five years. Please leave a comment and tell me or send an email to “my first name” (hint: it’s five letters and begins with J) at earlyretirementextreme.com