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Saturday, May 29, 2010

Why Does This Blog Exist?

From time to time, people ask me for advice and money saving tips. I found that I often end up dispensing the same advice over and over again. So I thought I'd start putting some of this stuff in writing so that I can just refer people to this blog.

For those who don't know me and somehow stumbled onto this blog, here's a little bit about me.

I'm a 47-year old semi-retired engineer. While I still do part time consulting work on occasion, I haven't worked full time since late 2006.

When I tell people that I haven't worked in three years, I usually get reactions varying from pity (the poor guy must be destitute) to consternation (people think a guy in his "peak earning years" who doesn't work must be some sort of weirdo).

I'm not poor, I'm living very comfortably and have no financial worries- something I believe most of us can do, even if we don't have a large income.

As far as "weird" is concerned, I guess I am a bit odd. I've never subscribed to the theory that we must continually work harder to climb the corporate ladder so we can earn more money to buy more stuff to make ourselves feel better or impress people.

I don't try to keep up with the "Jones'." If the Jones' want to live in a big house with a bigger mortgage and drive his and hers Lexi, it doesn't bother me and I have no desire to compete. In my opinion, worrying about what other people think is a huge reason people to achieve financial independence.


  1. Jeff-
    Nice Blog. And wow! Semi-retired? Show me how.

    A MedLabber

  2. Hello fellow former member of the fightin' 10th Medical Laboratory!

    My postings have been pretty random so far, just what people ask me about or what happens to pop into my head.

    If you have any specific questions, let me know.

    I had planned to make this blog about saving money, but I may post investment advice too, if anyone requests it.