Is there an upside to being obsessed?

Is there an upside to being obsessed?

Obsession is an interesting word which is usually associated with an addiction, out of control compulsion, and/or an unhealthy infatuation. Obviously, it has a bad reputation as a word. Is it justified though? I personally don’t think so. Is there an upside to being obsessed? Of course, there is. Now, you are thinking “this is getting interesting, I don’t know where this is going but, go on, I am intrigued – barely though”. Or, at least, I like to think that is what you are thinking. Just bare with me for a few minutes. Read more about Is there an upside to being obsessed?

Weekend Reads: Minimalism, Simple Clutter-free life and beyond

Weekend Reads: Minimalism, Simple Clutter-free life and beyond

The weekend is upon us fellow early retirement dreamers and planners! I hope that everyone is enjoying their time off from their daily grind. Welcome to the second installment of our weekend reads.

The last several weeks we have been trying to declutter our house and lives. Even though we made good progress in both ends we still have a long way to go. What we would like to accomplish by easing into this lifestyle is to throw out what we don’t need in order to focus on what we really do need. Read more about Weekend Reads: Minimalism, Simple Clutter-free life and beyond

Attempting a shopping ban

Attempting a shopping ban

A few months ago Mr DailyGrindFree talked to me about minimalism.  I had read about minimalism as a home decorating style but that was the extent of my knowledge.

He went through different rooms asking what all he could get rid of.  I went into full blown internal panic mode.  I like my stuff.  I don’t want to get rid of any of it.  I have been saving that because I know I will need it some day.  I’m not a hoarder or anything but to put it simply…. I like stuff.  I need stuff.  Stuff makes me happy….  Or does it??? Read more about Attempting a shopping ban

Weekend Reads: Get inspired by Early Retirement Gurus

Weekend Reads: Get inspired by Early Retirement Gurus

The much needed weekend is finally here! Yes. This morning, while I was drinking my morning grind and reading online news I thought it would be a good idea to start “weekend reads” series.

Since this is the first post for this series wouldn’t it be a great idea to compile the most popular articles from pinnacles of the early retirement community? Pour yourself a mug of your favorite coffee or tea, find your favorite spot in your house and get ready to enjoy the weekend reads: Read more about Weekend Reads: Get inspired by Early Retirement Gurus

Mrs’ take on frugality and socializing with friends

Mrs’ take on frugality and socializing with friends

I really can’t believe that I am blogging about frugality.  I am the one that is going to struggle the most with this lifestyle.  My problem is that I can not figure out how to balance frugality and socializing with friends.  The very same day Mr DailyGrindFree was blogging about frugality and not eating out I had committed us to meet friends at a local restaurant for dinner.  We talked last weekend about all the areas in our life that we can reduce spending and we both agreed eating out is one of the areas that we can take out of our lives with little impact on us.  He’s not a foodie and could care less; I am a foodie and love food.  But I try to eat healthy so eating at home is a double bonus…  Costs less and is healthier… Winning, right???

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Frugality, Friends, Socializing and Dining Out

Frugality, Friends, Socializing and Dining Out

I have never been known as a frugal person. Up until our decision to explore the possibility of early retirement, my wife always said that I spent too much when we go out or when we were on family vacations. Moving the frugality gage upwards is not going to be a cake walk. I am well aware of it and I know it will have to be a slow and steady change for our family. Read more about Frugality, Friends, Socializing and Dining Out

Freedom or money

Freedom or money

When I was a kid I always dreamed about being rich and owning anything and everything luxurious. As a kid, I associated being rich with having stuff. I never thought about the freedom it provided. Maybe, because, I was free and I took it for granted back then. Now that I am older, I understand the value of freedom and its importance. Our time in this world is limited. We don’t know when our journey is going to end. Once a year, a month, a week or a day is gone it is gone. Money will not bring lost time back. That is probably the only thing it cannot bring back. Read more about Freedom or money

Net Worth – Starting point

Net Worth – Starting point

According to the FIRE community, knowing and tracking your Net Worth is one of the most important steps on the road to financial independence and early retirement. At all times, we need to know where we are so we can gage how far we are from our own destination and/or what kind of adjustments we need to make in order to reach our goals if we already have time lines established. Tracking your net worth makes sure you know where you stand every step of the way.

Starting this month, we are going to post our numbers the first week of every month. Here is where we stand as of today: Read more about Net Worth – Starting point

Decluttering, simplifying and focusing on our finances

Decluttering, simplifying and focusing on our finances

I am insanely excited about the possibilities lying ahead of us. But I must admit I am slightly overwhelmed with the amount of things that I need to do to get our lives simplified and organized in order to accomplish what we are set out to do. Luckily, there is a great amount of information shared by the online FIRE and minimalism communities. I don’t need to list their names. You know who they are; mustache guy, F… you guy, samurai guy, cracker guy, the minimalist buds, Mr. Becker  and others.😊 I know, I know. I should stick with my day job. But, to be honest with you,  I really don’t want to which is why I am more committed to FIRE than ever. Let’s see where this journey takes us.

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