I'm financially independent, but I'm blissfully ignorant of popular culture. (Maybe those two facts are related?) I had never heard of Farnoosh Torabi. I first noticed her work a few years ago when she interviewed blogger buddy Darrow Kirkpatrick for Yahoo! Finance about his early retirement. (Yeah, I know now that she wrote for Money magazine … [Read more...] about Book Review: “When She Makes More”
Archives for April 2014
[Nords note: Billy and Akaisha Kaderli have been early retirees and perpetual travelers for over two decades. I've known them for nearly 10 years, and they were a huge help when I was writing the book. They're big supporters of the U.S. military and the many veterans they've met on their travels. This post describes a military-friendly lodging … [Read more...] about An Alternative Option for Vacationing and Retirement Lifestyle
It's that time of year again: Congress is debating the annual federal budget proposals. My e-mail and social media have exploded with outraged commentary on the proposals to overhaul the military retirement system and to get rid of Tricare Prime. How does that affect your retirement? How does that affect your family's healthcare?!? Well, it … [Read more...] about No More Military Retirement or Tricare Prime?!?
Here's a post of topics that are too small for individual posts. These leftovers won't make a financial independence meal on their own, but together they're a 1400-calorie luau. Sanctuary for Reserves and National Guard First up is the Navy's sanctuary instruction. (Even if you're not in the Navy, keep reading to see why you … [Read more...] about Mixed Plate: Military Sanctuary, Disability, And Civilian Pensions
Question: I have a total of 5 tattoos that fall below my right elbow. My Commander determined that my tattoos are not in compliance with AR 670-1, 3-3c(2). I've been counseled, and I understand that I've been grandfathered (which I'm extremely grateful for). Prior to the release of the new policy, I was preparing to apply to Office Candidate … [Read more...] about Tricare or MTF: Will The Army Pay For Tattoo Removal?
Last month I posted about our evolving attitudes on spending money. My spouse and I have achieved financial independence, yet our spending still apparently needs a purpose. Even after a decade of military retirement we don't just fritter away our money-- we still apply our frugal tools to decide whether the spending has value. Occasionally we have … [Read more...] about The Frugal Effect