Tag Archives: Health & Happiness

Get Rich Without Recipes

Would you like to hear something shocking and sacrilegious? Okay…today I am going to make the case against the much loved institutions of recipes, cookbooks and celebrity chefs. Yes, I realise how popular celebrity cookbooks are. And yes, maybe Nigella Lawson was hot in her day? Maybe Jamie Oliver really is a diamond geezer? Maybe Ainsley […]

You’re only as strong as your weakest link

Most people think personal finance is about choosing between bank accounts. Or different insurance products. Or collecting reward points and 10% off coupons at their supermarket. That stuff is mostly irrelevant. This begs a question: why does most personal finance content bear no relationship to what actually works for building wealth? What matters is getting […]

Don’t be the frog that gets boiled in the pan!

As I may have mentioned before, you shouldn’t be wasting your money on “stuff”. But does that mean that all spending is bad? Of course not. I spend money where it has a high return on investment. There is no better investment than your health.  Its strange how much people spend on cars and holidays […]

What does “Doing the Work” mean? (Part 1)

“Doing the work” is a phrase that I only heard for the first time a couple of years ago on (American) self development podcasts, like The 4 Hour Work Week. Initially, I wasn’t sure exactly what it meant. Was this some New Age, hippy bullshit? There was something curious about this phrase, at least to my (British, male) ears. […]

I’m better than me

A couple of years ago, shortly after I quit work, I joined a local running club. There is a wide range of running abilities at the club. Some of the runners there think nothing of running a marathon in under 3 hours.  But there are also many people there who are out of shape, new to […]

Baby steps for future millionaires (part 1)

A journey of a thousand miles starts with a first step. For those that are new to the concept of financial independence, here are 10 baby steps on The Path to becoming a millionaire. Re-programming our habits eventually creates incredible results. The magic is in the aggregation of marginal gains. 1. Go one day without spending […]

Manual labour and the incredible self-removing conservatory

There came a point during my time in the Prison Camp when it felt like money was leaving our bank account like blood spurting out of an arterial wound. This feeling was particularly acute whenever we had work done on our house. I would get back from a long day at the office and it seemed like there […]

The Fasting Experiment

In the modern world we live caged like battery hens or lab rats. As part of this, we are protected from predators, from the weather and we are overfed with (often artificial) food.  On balance, this beats starving in a cave during the Ice Age but it has the unfortunate side effect of making us […]

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 […]