Tag Archives: Financial independence

You’re only as strong as your weakest link (Part 1)

In the biblical parable of Samson and Delilah, Samson had great physical strength. This strength allowed him to perform superhuman feats, including fighting a lion with his bare hands and massacring an entire army of Philistines (his enemies) using only the jawbone of a donkey(!). Delilah, Samson’s girlfriend, was bribed by the Philistines to discover the source of Samson’s strength. After three failed attempts, she […]

I hereby declare this lockdown over!

As any minor member of the Royal Family knows, leisure centres in provincial towns do not just open themselves. Nope, someone has to step up to cut the ribbon and unveil the plaque. Its a dirty job, but someone’s gotta do it. Somehow we need to celebrate the event, however small. Similarly, someone needs to […]

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 earlier in the journey from consumer to producer / escape artist / environmentalist. The Escape […]

It’s in the price…the stockmarket has already taken that stupid internet article into account

I’m as big a fan of financial education and open discussion as anyone – but most financial discussions online are woefully poor. On the internet, the blind lead the blind. There are always boomsters and doomsters but the curse of investing is that the bear case looks smarter. To add the spurious impression of evidence, […]

Are online side hustle$ worth it?

There is no One True Path to financial freedom (nor through life generally). This site is for grown-ups so I don’t tell you what you must do, I just tell you what worked for me. And some other stuff that’s hopefully helpful and interesting. You get to choose which bits to use in your own […]

First things first : why you must get out of debt

Here’s a question I saw online in a financial discussion forum:   “I would like to ask some advice from you. I have recently came into a small windfall of money to the sum of £3K and wondered what best to do with it. Not a lot I know, but for my salary its quite a […]

Predictions are a mug’s game…but let’s play anyway

As the old joke goes: it’s hard to make predictions…especially about the future. And generally, making predictions is unnecessary for good investing. That’s because index investing allows you to “piggy back” off the wisdom of crowds. As the smart money moves capital to growing businesses and growth areas of the economy, money in an index […]

You can’t choose the cards, but you can always play the hand you’re dealt

There is something missing from the debate on Covid-19. As far as I can see, most of the news and related debate involves looking for someone to blame. China, Dominic Cummings, Donald Trump and the World Health Organisation all make excellent pantomime villains (the choice of which to blame depends largely on your political biases). […]

Cash management in a crisis

I did a video with Alan and Simon from The PopUp Business School. It was designed to help self-employed people with cash management but its relevant to anyone interested in financial independence stability during these interesting times. Enjoy! The Escape Artist I send out occasional emails out with my thoughts on investing and news of what […]

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 […]