I’ve come to realise that just about everyone thinks their own level of spending is “normal”.  Even if they have no idea what their spending actually is. So if you want to answer the question: Where does it all go? then the only way is to record your actual spending with real numbers.  It’s no […]

So I got paid to be on TV. And I’m going to share what happened. Because on this blog we are exploring unusual things…things like financial independence that may seem improbable at first. This one involved me getting way outside my comfort zone.  It took me a while to gather up the courage…first to do […]

I get a lot of blog related emails these days. Since I wrote Now That’s What I call Financial Independence 6 back in November 2016, I’ve received hundreds of emails. And literally none of them have pleaded with me to write Now That’s What I call Financial Independence 7. None of them begged for more […]

A couple of weeks ago I was asked to give a talk to the support staff at a company about their workplace pension choices…now that pension auto-enrollment is being introduced. Everyone there was female…other than one token male and The Escape Artist.  Some knew a lot about investing but most didn’t. And being women, they were […]

Today we are talking about how work can be much more fun after financial independence. Remember, you are allowed to carry on working after FI if you want…because financial independence is not the same thing as early retirement. I could bang on about this but sometimes a picture is worth a thousand words. So when The […]

One of my lightbulb moments on The Path to financial independence came from asking myself this question about money: Where does it all go? You can ask this at a personal level (where does your own money go?) or at the level of society (where does everyone’s money go?). Both are great questions to ask. Most people […]

One of the tricks to getting to financial independence is thinking for yourself. This is easy…as long as you aren’t a monkey that just does what the other monkeys around you do.  The Escape Artist has noticed that some of those other monkeys seem keen on using their money and time to play expensive status games. […]

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