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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 […]

Go Woke, Go Broke

There are no guarantees in life. But here’s something that’s as close to a guarantee as you will find in the whole field of personal finance: If you see yourself as a helpless victim, if you give up, if you quit the game…then you will not get rich. Unfortunately there is a belief system that encourages […]

What I learned in therapy

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 Doctor Of The Internet. But the course is accredited by the […]

Now that’s what I call Financial Independence! 19

Some people on the internet say that The Escape Artist is running out of fresh material. What nonsense! If I was running out of fresh material, then how could I be coming up with original gems such as Now That’s What I Call Financial Independence! 19?? Answer me that. Yes, The Escape Artist is back to review more […]

Building Blocks of a Wealthy Society: #2 Democracy

In Part 1 of this series I explained that The Escape Artist is not a self-made man. There’s that old saying it takes a village to raise a child. Well, it certainly takes a society to become wealthy. A society becomes wealthy when the following building blocks are in place: Free speech Democracy Free markets Free […]

Translating financial independence from American to British

There are so many great US books and blogs about financial independence that you may want a guide to help you translate American into British. I’ve done 2 versions: the short version and the long version. Here’s the short version: 1. Ignore the healthcare stuff 2. Ignore the travel hacks 3. VTSAX => VRXXB 4. […]

Now that’s what I call Financial Independence! 18

Some on the internet say that The Escape Artist is running out of fresh material. What nonsense! If I was running out of fresh material, then how could I be coming up with original gems such as Now That’s What I Call Financial Independence! 18?? Answer me that. Yes, The Escape Artist is back once […]

Now that’s what I call Financial Independence! 17

Last week I was interviewed on a local community radio station. I’ve done interviews before so I was ready for most of the questions. But there was one question I wasn’t expecting. I wasn’t prepared for the DJ (the lovely Melissa) asking me what songs she should play? How awesome is that?! But what songs […]

Why capitalism is better for your dog than communism

I was interviewed last week by someone researching the financial independence movement and was surprised when they asked me if I agreed that FIRE is an anti-capitalism movement? No! I think he may have had his terms muddled up. When thinking about this stuff you need to understand the 4 Cs: Capitalism Consumerism Corporatism Communism Let’s […]