Author Archives: The Escape Artist

Can you become a millionaire on a fireman’s salary?

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 […]

Do you even know what’s going on in your pension?

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 […]

There’s something you need to know about fairness…

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 […]

These ain’t yo mama’s frugality tips…

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 […]

All the smartphone you’ll ever need…for £7.50 a month

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 […]

Get Rich with…Other People (Part 2)

In Get Rich with Other People (Part 1) I wrote about the first meet up of the Financial Independence London Facebook group that I went to. Meeting people face to face is to real community what oxygen is to breathing. So I went to another of these meet-ups earlier this month which was fun. It was […]

Get Rich with…Follow Through

Here’s a mystery for you. I got an email from a reader volunteering a guest post. I was intrigued because her story looked different from normal. One of the things I’m trying to encourage around here is the idea that someone from any background can get rich. Or at least get enough of a safety […]

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