Welcome to

Our Blog

Home / Q & A

Christopher Guest Post: Early Retirement Dude

Today’s guest needs no introduction from regular readers of this website. The Early Retirement Dude has been featured numerous times in The Sunday Best and he recently shared a guest post with us entitled Early Retirement Doesn’t Have to Suck. He’s right you know, and with 13 years of it under his belt, he should know. The monkey-loving Dude was kind enough to supply an introduction of his own, saving me a bit of time. Thanks, Dude! Here it is: Early Retirement Dude was once clean-cut and corporate. But having retired at age thirty-six and being forty-nine now, he looks like […]

Read More

Christopher Guest Post: Abandoned Cubicle

A week ago, I harvested a nice collection of cascade and centennial hops that grow splendidly on the south side of our house. I mention this because I plan to brew a nice IPA with those hops this fall. Until that beer’s ready, I’ve got a nice commercial IPA on tap in the basement keezer — the Cubicle Fugitive from Thee Twenty Brewing. It’s a solid IPA that pairs oh-so-well with the blog featured in today’s Christopher Guest post — Abandoned Cubicle. “Cubert” — clever name — has been blogging for two full years now, sharing his insights and stories […]

Read More

Christopher Guest Post: Apathy Ends

I’d like to introduce you to a friend of mine in the personal finance community who writes at the site known as Apathy Ends. He encourages others to take action and build wealth. Like me, he has a family of four. Like me, he lives in Minnesota. Like me, he enjoys an occasional craft beer, which is something we’ve done together now on several occasions, most recently a week ago. Like me, he’s also been known to pull fish up through a hole in the ice, althoug he seems to be a more avid icefisherman than me. Unlike me, he […]

Read More

Christopher Guest Post – Root of Good

Today, we have the distinct honor of welcoming Justin from Root of Good to the stage. While not quite as O.G. as our last guest, the retired engineer with a law degree has been blogging about his early retirement lifestyle for the past five years, ever since leaving the daily grind at the age of 33 with three young children. Justin and his family reside in North Carolina, but take advantage of their summers to travel far and wide. They recently returned from the Bahamas, and last summer, they went on an epic 9-week trek across Europe, a trip which […]

Read More

Christopher Guest Post: Retire by 40

Today, I am honored to bring you insights from one of the first FIRE bloggers on the internet. Joe Udo started Retire by 40 a full eight years ago, retired from his engineering job with Intel 6 years ago, and has been sharing his journey as a husband, father, and blogger throughout this decade. Joe has been a friend of this blog since its inception. I had a guest post appear on his site entitled Can Doctors Retire Early? on March 4, 2016, less than two months after my site was founded. I saw a lot of traffic that day […]

Read More

Christopher Guest Post: Jim Wang of Wallet Hacks

Welcome to another edition of my quirky Q&A series, the Christopher Guest post. Sitting down with me today is none other than long-time blogger Jim Wang, who is now sharing his financial tips and tricks on the site Wallet Hacks. His current site only predates this one by about four months, but prior to that, Jim had a very popular site that, according to rumor, sold for millions of dollars. That site doesn’t exist anymore, so he’s been busy building up another big winner. He also had a day job that had something to do with missile defense or rocket […]

Read More

Christopher Guest Post: Our Next Life

Today’s guest needs no introduction, but you’re going to get one, anyway. Just in case  you don’t read any other FIRE blogs, never read my Sunday Best posts where she’s been featured regularly, and have never been amused by her witty animated gifs she shares on Twitter. Tanja Hester (no relation to Devin) has been sharing her transition from hard-working globetrotter (no relation to basketball) to early retiree and dedicated outdoorswoman. She recently retired at a very young age (38) along with her husband Mark at a pretty young age (41). Meanwhile, I’m 42 and still working, but that may change […]

Read More

Christopher Guest Post: Crispy Doc

Please give a warm welcome to Crispy Doc, the Emergency Medicine physician based in California who has been kind enough to share his insights with us in the latest interview here. Like me, he has found a better work / life balance for his family by working less often. He fills some of that time sharing his wisdom on his site which he calls his midlife crisis blog know as Crispy Doc — think burnout and FIRE, hence the “crisp” on the doc. He also helps out as a volunteer moderator on the rapidly expanding Physicians on FIRE Facebook Group (~ 3,700 […]

Read More