It’s been a few months since I wrote about new links. The sidebar links section is getting pretty lengthy and I’m going to move things around a bit based on what you’ve told me is useful… and not so useful.
When I get the blog out to its own host (probably in October) I’ll use a verification plugin to check the thousands of links against their websites. Until then if you hit a 404 or another error message, please let me know. For example the Navy’s Personnel Command has a great set of military retirement calculator tools but I can no longer access them from my UNCLAS desktop. If you have an access card or a .mil IP address, tell us if they’re still running that website.
While I’m on the subject of reader feedback, thanks for dropping by and sending the comments & e-mails! The blog went over 100,000 hits on 27 June, and I can tell from the other statistics that you’re passing the word!
In case you missed it, last month’s posts on long-term travel and long-term travel in Hawaii just about doubled the number of links in the sidebar “Retirement Travel” section. Some of the links are for military and others are open to everyone.
This month’s first link is Philip Taylor’s FINCON12 personal-finance blogger conference. There’s only 86 tickets left and it’s going to sell out this month, so make your plans now. I met PT last year at USAA while he was organizing the inaugural FINCON, and it sold out to 250 attendees. This year he’s going even bigger in Denver on 6-9 September. This is the nation’s premier gathering of personal-finance geeks entrepreneurs. If it matches your schedule then it’s well worth the time to network with fellow PF bloggers about resources, blogger techniques, and ad revenue. I’m flying thousands of miles for the privilege!
If you want to meet up in Denver, I’ll be the geezer balding ponytailed surfer in the cool aloha shirt. Please ask me if I have any free copies of “The Military Guide” left to give away in exchange for your feedback, advice, and stories.
If you’d like to arrange a “Military Guide” seminar at military base or a public library near Denver in the days after FINCON12, please contact me. If you have a Denver Public Library card, they have a copy of the book to loan you.
Mr. Money Mustache
Speaking of FINCON, Denver is also the back yard of our next link: MrMoneyMustache.com. (He’ll probably be dropping by.) His blog has experienced explosive growth over the last year for his irreverently snarky attitude toward the materialistic consumerism lifestyle. He and his family have saved their salaries, managed to cut their expenses down to about $2500/month, and they’re enjoying early retirement. They’re civilians who retired on their own savings, no pension, and high-deductible health insurance. Their only “safety net” is going back to work and his only annuitized income is Social Security. But they’re living proof that servicemembers can fully retire out of the military on a pension of $30K/year and no savings.
Live The New Economy
For our next link, I heard from one of MMM’s military readers who’s building a very interesting blog. Mike has been in the service for over 20 years and he’s started to prepare for his military retirement. He plans to Live The New Economy by documenting his transition and his blogging progress. He cheerfully admits that he’s made a few mistakes, learned about Google AdSense the hard way, and spent way more time on this project than he expected. He’s also acquiring a ton of entrepreneurial skills, building website traffic, and moving along the road to financial independence. He has already figured out what he’ll be doing all day.
Can I Retire Yet?
Another blogger who’s building a large audience is Darrow Kirkpatrick of “Can I Retire Yet?” He was profiled a few months ago in USAA magazine. He began saving in his mid-30s and retired at age 50 by doing it the old-fashioned way: hard work, frugality, prudent investing, and patience. Start with his “How to Retire Early” post and then read his retirement roadmap in the sidebar. You’ll also enjoy his thoughts on your personal rate of inflation. It turns out that it’s not as bad as economists fear, and we have more control over it than you might expect.
I’ll leave you hardcore readers with one more resource. Retired Navy EMO James Tichacek publishes what may be the world’s biggest Retiree Activities Office newsletter. A new edition comes out twice a month. The last one was over 70 pages of updates to pensions, benefits, legislation, VA programs, and other news. It’s well organized and summarized with headers, so it’s a fast scan. Each e-mail also includes a rundown of a state’s veteran’s benefits and programs, a short military trivia article, and a military history article. It’s absolutely fascinating reading, and all you have to do is use the website or send an e-mail to RAOEMO at SBCGlobal dot net.
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