Three Reasons I’m Not Worried About Healthcare Costs In Early Retirement


Ever heard of “golden handcuffs”? Usually, this is a system of compensation and/or benefits that is designed to keep an employee from leaving a company. Benefits like matching retirement account contributions, insurance, and stock options are popular handcuffs that can keep an otherwise disgruntled or burned out worker from leaving for potentially greener pastures. And […]

Weekend Reading – April 12, 2014


Spring is in the air! This time of year is just wonderful, isn’t it? The birds are chirping, and the weather is finally warming. Well, down here in Florida it’s always warm, but you get my drift. I write this post to you today at a bit of a crossroad in my life. My work […]

Break In Case Of Emergency


I’ve been receiving a lot of feedback from readers lately in regards to the initiation of an emergency fund, and what an appropriate size might be.  While everyone has different capital needs based on their monthly expenditures and personal circumstances, one fantastic aspect of dividend growth investing is that the dividends themselves can provide a […]

Income/Expenses For March 2014


I’ve been tracking my income and expenses online since I initiated this blog back in early 2011. I do this for a few reasons. First, I want to prove to the world that it’s possible to become financially independent at a relatively young age even if you don’t make a lot of money. I don’t […]

Dividend Income Update – March 2014


Another month has passed by, and it’s time for me to post an article on my favorite subject: dividend income. The reason why I love to post articles on dividend income is because it’s pure numbers. It’s hard to argue the success of long-term dividend growth investing when you can slowly and surely see dividend […]

Freedom Fund Update – April 2014


Well, the time has come to update the Freedom Fund once again as we start another month. The Freedom Fund is my portfolio, and I think it’s aptly named. My portfolio is my way to freedom; freedom from a job I don’t desire to purchase goods I don’t need to impress neighbors I don’t care about. This […]

My Frugally Fit Diet


The last time I discussed my dietary choices on this blog it was late 2011 and I was knee deep in ramen noodles. You see, when I first started this journey I decided to get pretty extreme with many of my expenses, and my food budget was one of the earliest victims. I temporarily sacrificed […]

Selective Dividend Reinvestment Vs. DRIP


Recently, I was contacted by a reader named Talgat. He emailed me all the way from Kazakhstan. It’s truly wonderful to have readers from halfway across the world! Talgat had a question about dividend reinvestment. I wrote about this a while ago, but I thought I’d refresh this subject. His question is verbatim as follows: […]