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Now That’s What I Call Financial Independence! 23

First they said it was a fraud. Then they said it was stolen from them. Then they went to The Supreme Court and demanded a recount. So we re-counted and had the results independently verified. And it really is Now! 23 Yes, that’s right…The Escape Artist is back to review more classic songs about financial independence in […]

Apply own oxygen mask before helping others (Part 2)

This post was first published in 2016 and updated in January 2021 Do you remember those health & safety briefings on aeroplanes just before take off? The ones where they told you to put your own oxygen mask on before helping the people around you? Well, when you start the journey to financial independence, you […]

It’s Good to Talk (Part 2)

It’s good to talk… …so why do people often steer clear of talking about money…even though it has such an important role in our lives? Well, personal finance is…personal. You can’t have a proper conversation about money without touching on values: people’s deeply held beliefs and priorities. Everyone is different and we all have different […]

Now that’s what I call Financial Independence! 22

The Year is 2020 and The World is on tenterhooks… awaiting the outcome of The Most Important Election Since The Last One. Meanwhile, a made-up clown in denial takes to the internet and social media…despite The Express Wish Of The People. Has he no shame? Will he never shut up? Why won’t he just accept […]

What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger

There’s nothing like an early taste of poverty for instilling a lifelong appreciation of money and financial freedom. My parents stretched themselves with a big mortgage to get up the housing ladder in 1981, just before interest rates went to 17%. Ouch! As a result, holidays and newspapers got cancelled and belts had to be […]

Price is what you pay, value is what you get

Imagine that Bill and Ted have gone trekking in a remote corner of the Death Valley National Park in the USA. They’ve been camping and were carrying all their own food, tents and equipment. Unfortunately some coyotes stole all their stuff a couple of days ago, since when they’ve been walking back towards their car. […]

Now that’s what I call Financial Independence! 21

On the internet, I recently stumbled across another blogger who had taken a list of pop songs and flogged reviewed them for FI messages. This reminded me of something I heard Andy Hart (of the excellent Maven Money podcast) say: When you steal an idea from me, you’re stealing twice. Once from me, and once […]

Get rich…in Monk Mode

Now is the perfect time to experience what I call Monk Mode. In Monk Mode you work, you think and you rest. Then you repeat. In Monk Mode you spend NO MONEY other than needed for food and utilities. Millions of people are currently discovering some version of Monk Mode for the first time. For […]

Now that’s what I call Financial Independence! 20

I was chatting to a friend who reads this blog. She told me that she reads every article…except “those stupid music ones”…please could I stop doing those? Being a Nice Guy, I said I’d think about it. So I thought about it…and here we are. Yes, The Escape Artist is back to review more classic songs […]

It’s Good to Talk (Part 1)

In Get Rich with Retraining I explained that I’d enrolled on a part time Introduction to Counselling course at a local college. It’s an introductory course (the clue is in the name) and I don’t hold myself out as a qualified therapist, psychologist or Internet Doctor. But the course is accredited by the British Association […]