I have a confession. The Escape Artist is not a self-made man…I didn’t do it on my own. There’s a saying it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it certainly takes a society to become wealthy. I grew up in a society with the building blocks to allow people to get rich. If […]

In last week’s article, The FIREman talked about the challenge of depression. What if there were a medical intervention more effective than anti-depressant drugs? What if it also worked on low level anxiety? What if it actually made you more confident? Not to mention better looking. Well it turns out there is. It’s called “exercise”. […]

I met The Fireman at a recent FI London meet up.  He’s a really good guy with a fascinating back story which he agreed to share. The Escape Artist is always on the lookout for interesting reader case studies where people achieve what looks at first glance to be impossible.  How about creating a multi-million pound property and […]

Here’s a question for you: Who is responsible for your pension? Now, if you answered “errr, don’t know” or “my financial adviser” or “I think its an insurance company”, then that’s pretty normal.  But its the wrong answer. The correct answer is that YOU are responsible for your pension! I’ve noticed that even people who […]

One criticism of financial independence I sometimes see is that we FIers don’t realise how lucky we are and how privileged our upbringing has been. This may sometimes be true…but often not in the way that the commenter meant. For example, I never inherited any money, never went to an elite private school, never got a […]

I don’t know about you, but I don’t get excited about small scale frugality tips. You know, things like: cut out the daily latte, bring your lunch to work in a Tupperware container and buy value toilet tissue.  It all seems a bit, well, unglamorous. I can see both sides of the argument.  Cutting out […]

Today I’m going to tell you how to buy and operate a phone in the UK. Now, don’t get me wrong, I believe in respecting individual choice and the wisdom of crowds etc etc. But it has been brought to the attention of The Escape Artist that most people are doing it wrong when it […]

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