Category Guest posts

University Challenged

Today we have another guest post from Chloë, our favourite pun-cracking eco-hippy…this time about whether university now makes financial sense? Let’s all agree upfront that education and learning are good and noble things. But going to university is no longer the easy decision that it was back in the day. When I went, only about […]

Getting debt-free…treading lightly on The Earth

One of my favourite descriptions of financial independence is that its an environmental movement dressed up as a $$$ GET RICH QUICK $$$ scheme. Today’s guest post from a TEA reader helps join the dots for other people who are on the journey from consumer to producer to environmentalist. 🌍 The Escape Artist Hi, I’m […]

The Inestimable Advantages of Living a More Natural Life

Our ancestors lived for millions of years without money. This explains why spending does not equal happiness.  The things that make us happy are the natural “wins” that we would have experienced over the millennia: being in nature, overcoming obstacles, eating real food, conversation and laughter, good sex, happy children and community. The best things in life […]

Getting Rich…with Property

There are 2 main asset classes that work for long term wealth-building. One is the stockmarket and the other is property. Everyone has a different take on these and you are allowed to have your own views. My own view is that the (unleveraged) returns from the stockmarket have historically been better than the returns […]

Getting Rich with The Military

It’s no accident that I chose a military theme for this website. When you are fighting a war, the stakes are too high for political correctness, waffle and wishful thinking. So there’s a directness about the military that I’ve always admired. But there’s much more to it than that. The military mindset combines discipline and […]

Understanding Your Money Blueprint (Part 2)

In Part 1, I introduced the concept of your money blueprint. Everyone has a personal Money Blueprint and this shapes our financial destiny. Imagine we humans are computers. Our bodies are the hardware and our money blueprint is the operating software that’s been programmed into us. We emerge from the “factory” of childhood into adult […]

Playing with FIRE : the Director’s story

For the last year or so, the FIRE community has been eagerly awaiting the release of the Playing with FIRE movie. And last week it finally arrived!  The US premiere was aired at MMM HQ in Colorado to rave reviews from those who were there. Even better…the London premiere of the film will be held on […]

RESET : How one family changed their life

Until recently, I’d not come across a UK book about financial independence. That changed a few weeks ago when David Sawyer got in touch and sent me a copy of his book RESET. I get a lot of emails from people wanting to do guest posts…I turn 99% of these down. But Dave caught my […]

Get Rich…with Hobbies!

You may remember Chloë who wrote the excellent Get Rich With Other People (Part 2).  Of my several thousand close personal friends (ahem), Chloë is my favourite lesbian vegan eco-hippy. Chloë, who is super-smart, sassy and generally awesome has something called a “sense of humour”. For those of you unfamiliar with this concept, a “sense of humour” […]

Guest post : Our gap year for grown ups

What if there were a secret community of people roaming the world on gap years…or even on perpetual holiday? Last year I got an intriguing email from Jason, a reader who explained how what had started as a gap year for grown ups turned into something more.  When I was in the Prison Camp, I had no […]