Tag Archives: Financial independence

Back from the brink of financial oblivion

I heard a story last week that’s too good not to share. I was on Zoom talking to a subscriber to The Escape Manual. He told me how he’d pulled off a massive 180 degree turnaround: going from debt disaster to responsible role model and provider for his children. So I asked James (names changed for obvious reasons) if he would […]

When you want to help people, you tell them the truth

I sometimes think I should teach a course on how to create a popular blog that goes viral and conquers the world. I would offer The Escape Artist as an example of how not to do it. That’s because The Escape Artist blog remains obscure …let’s be generous…mostly undiscovered. In terms of changing the world, […]

How to spot a conflict of interests (Part 2)

In Part One we explored why you should never ask a barber if you need a haircut and why you should never rely on instructions from Proctor & Gamble for how much of their washing liquid you should be using. Today in Part Two we are going to look a bit closer at conflicts of […]

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 backwoods camping and were carrying all their own food, tents and equipment. Unfortunately some coyotes stole all their stuff a couple of days ago and its taken 2 days to walk back […]

How to get money to stick to your fingers

When I was young and in my first proper job, one of the senior people described a new client that he was excited to be working with. He explained the reason by saying: “they’re the sort of person for who money just sticks to their fingers”. Being an inexperienced idiot, I didn’t know what he […]

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 them like a dead horse 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. […]

Earning more is not cheating…Part 2 : Sales

As we covered in Part 1, it’s a lot easier to save more when you are on a higher income. Obviously. So let’s dive back into that subject with a look at a key aspect of how you make more money: by selling. You may now be thinking: “yuk, that’s not for me”. Sales and […]

Every time you see a small business, someone made a brave decision

I saw this board outside a cafe in the high street of my town and loved it. I took a photo and then went into the cafe. I’d never been in before but I had a chat with Emma, the proprietor (who was also the barista, waitress, cleaner, CEO and pretty much everything whilst her […]

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 already in the price

In online financial discussions, there are bears and bulls, boomsters and doomsters. Sadly, the curse of investing debates and discussions is that the bear case looks / sounds smarter. To add the spurious impression of evidence, the doomsters often back up their argument with a link to some crappy online article…YEAH, BUT WHADDABOUT THIS?!? This has […]