You know you want some of this... --> I haven't been doing many linkfest posts on financial independence, but some interesting news and events have piled up over the last few weeks. Instead of trickling them out one post at a time, I'll summarize them here and turn you over to the sources. Early Retirement Options for Reserves and National … [Read more...] about Mixed plate: Tricare, “back pay” issues, early Reserve & Guard retirement
Archives for June 2013
Over 30 months ago(!), I wrote a post that helps estimate how much time it takes to reach financial independence. It made several "simplifying" assumptions* about income during your working years, your retirement expenses, the length of your retirement, and your investment returns. If you could decide what percentage of your income you were willing … [Read more...] about How many years does it take to reach financial independence?
A reader writes: My spouse was selected for promotion before reaching sanctuary. He was promoted after sanctuary orders were issued, but prior to deployment. We were completely unaware of the “promotion during active duty in sanctuary” rule that would cancel his retirement orders and allow him to stay on active duty for his promotion time in … [Read more...] about Military Reserve Sanctuary, Retirement, and Time in Grade
This guest post is brought to you by Stephanie Smith. (If you're interested in contributing a guest post, please see our guest posting guidelines.) Gone are the days of slaving away at your part-time job with dreams of something bigger. You’ve successfully gained a position with a company that will kick-start your new career. One of the benefits … [Read more...] about Keys To Saving When You Start Your Career
I've blogged before about how do-it-yourself home maintenance can accelerate your goal of financial independence. (See the related posts below.) Unfortunately, sometimes you have to put down your tools and seek professional help. My spouse watches a lot of HGTV and we spend a lot of time on DIY websites, but I'm weak on TV & telephone … [Read more...] about Lifestyles in Retirement: Cable TV Troubleshooting
This guest post is brought to you by Aaron Walker. (If you're interested in contributing a guest post, please see our guest posting guidelines.) I’ll be honest: When I began the job search as I moved from the military to civilian life, I often felt like I was speaking a different language than the people who interviewed me. I’d detail my … [Read more...] about 5 Ways to Ease the Transition from Military to Civilian Career
I read an interesting forum thread about the conflicts between living life on your terms or meeting society's expectations. When you reach financial independence and can choose whether or not to work for a paycheck, there may still be other issues affecting your employment decision. Here are some (anonymous, edited) quotes from the post that … [Read more...] about “I’m setting a good example by working at a job”
[The first post of this series described the general concepts and issues with peer-to-peer lending and the borrowing process. If you're coming here from a search engine then you should read that first post and the P2P borrowing calculator post before you read any more of this one. Understand the companies and the borrowers you'll be dealing … [Read more...] about More problems with peer-to-peer lending
[The last post described the general concepts and issues with peer-to-peer lending. If you're coming here from a search engine then you should read that post before you start plugging numbers into the calculator. You may decide that there's a better way to pay off debts than a peer-to-peer loan.] Welcome to the peer-to-peer loan … [Read more...] about Peer-To-Peer Loan Calculator – How Much Are You Really Paying for That Loan?