Tag Archives: Early retirement

Get rich without…shopping

At some point in the twentieth century, we swallowed the strange idea that shopping is a fun leisure activity. The Escape Artist has never been that keen on shopping.   There’s something a bit sad about seeing debt junkies and Walking Wallets dragged around shopping centres on invisible leads. But we all want stuff sometimes. So the question is how […]

Now that’s what I call Financial Independence!

Without further ado, here are The Escape Artist’s Top Anthems of Financial Independence… Working 9 to 5  (Dolly Parton) Was there ever a more under-rated thinker and businesswoman than Dolly Parton? For someone that never worked a cubicle, Dolly has an remarkable understanding of the dynamics of the Prison Camp. Don’t be fooled by the boobs, blonde hair and […]

The School Run : What car?

Its September and the children have gone back to school! With my newly won free time, I’ve been doing the school run.  I cycled with our 8 year old to the local primary school last week and was struck by the cars and the congestion at the school gate.  It was a bit like someone had arranged a  Monster […]

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The Mexican Fisherman

I thought everyone knew the story of The Mexican Fisherman but apparently this is not the case.   Apologies to those that already know it well, but for everyone else this traditional parable (author unknown) is required reading… An American businessman was standing at the pier of a small coastal Mexican village when a small boat with […]

The maths of Dignity

If you live the philosophy of this site, you will become rich. Slowly but surely, the years will pass by, the cash will roll in and one day you will realise that you have become surprisingly wealthy. Rich enough to buy a Ferrari and annoy your neighbours – only by then, you will not want to do that. Many people […]