When my daughter turned 17, my parents very kindly gave her 2 things for her birthday: firstly, driving lessons and secondly their old banger car which they were replacing. That’s the good news. The bad news is that, although the 11 year old Ford Ka (street value ~£200) cost us nothing, we’ve temporarily become a […]

Just in case you were wondering, The Escape Artist does not claim to be unbiased.  So let me declare some of my biases upfront. Firstly, I’m biased in favour of financial independence and spreading its ideas to a wide a range of people as possible. Did I mention that Financial Independence is for Everyone? Yes, […]

Back in 2018 I wrote a post called Financial Independence is for Everyone. I thought the article was pretty clear but I see from the internet that some misinterpreted it. Perhaps they just read the title and not the actual article. Perhaps they read what they wanted it to say. Perhaps I didn’t write it […]

Most people are looking for an easy life, so they take the path of least resistance. And that’s OK.  Not everyone wants to be rich. Not everyone wants to be ripped. Not everyone wants to be a self help guru leaping around a stage…and thank God for that. On this blog we live and let live.  […]

Ken from The Humble Penny and I are arranging another meet-up for anyone interested in financial independence. Come along and have a drink and chat with other financial freedom seekers. It’s 100% free to attend although you’ll have to buy your own drinks (sorry about that). The venue is The Marylebone Pub, 93 Marylebone High […]

Never let it be said that The Escape Artist is running out of original material. No, fear not…The Escape Artist is back once again in the guise of a music critic from the NME…armed with earnest prose, tortuous metaphors and psycho-babble to review more classic songs about financial independence. And it’s not just me. They say that imitation is […]

I’m not sure if you noticed but I made a pretty big claim in my last post: This brings us to one of the great taboos of personal finance which is that most people are self-sabotaging. This inconvenient truth gets swept under the carpet in the earnest and somewhat prissy tone adopted in most personal […]