7 Cheeky Ways To Save on Your Energy Bill This Month: A Listicle

So welcome back to My Early Retirement Journey. As I’m closing out this month, I’ve been dabbling in some listicles. One is already posted and one is scheduled. Stay tuned.  This is a quick one to wrap up this mini-season of my life.  My April 2018 power bill came and it was pretty low. I …

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My Week Ending May 18, 2018: Royal Wedding, Sick Again, Misery

Welcome back to My Early Retirement Journey. In case you’re just joining us, here’s a little bit about me.  I am a single 30-something, openly Christian, hesitantly immigrant-y, human woman. I love watching TV while eating takeout, and I want to retire early. I currently work as a consultant in a tele-health call center making …

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My Week Ending May 11, 2018: Duty Free, Tampa, Roku

Oh what a week! Welcome back to My Early Retirement Journey! And in case you missed it, this is what happened last week. Monday –  Finally got my new phone ($9). Had it delivered to work. That’s not really allowed, but the first time I tried to order a phone from Simple Mobile (no affiliate), …

Enron and Madoff and Ponzi! Oh My!: How to Background Check Your Financial Professional

So when I started My Early Retirement Journey, one of the first things I had to reconcile was the fear of letting my money go to a place I didn’t understand. Every few years, we hear the stories of Bernie Madoff, or the next Bernie Madoff, or the Enrons or even watch CNBC. CNBC has …

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My Week Ending May 4, 2018: Dementia, Remote Work, Health Numbers

Hi, there. Welcome back. So this is what happened this week in My Early Retirement Journey. Monday – Week started off a little somber. I spoke to my aunt who raised me and she is misplacing her words. It was as if I were watching a television show except I was a part of the …

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My Week Ending April 27, 2018: Pigeon Forge, Sugar, Root Canal

So here’s what happened this week in My Early Retirement Journey. And in case you missed it, last week was an adventure! Monday – Had quite the pep in my step today. Don’t know if it’s from a less congested GI tract; some good sleep; nice overcast weather (I’m not being sarcastic, the NC heat …

I Finally Got My Hospital Bill: The Cost of A Dual-Port Hysterectomy in 2018 (in pictures)

So I finally got a bill from my surgery. In my mind, I had anticipated paying up to the $1,000 deductible as dictated by my plan. Background: My health plan options, provided by my employer:   What I chose: Choice Plus Standard Plan Rationale: Although the monthly premium was higher, the deductible was lower. Psychologically, …

Am I A Gold Digger? or Is It You That Has Not Seen The Light?

So today at work, one of my co-workers saw a new employee walk by and exclaimed, “He’s really cute!” He was easily 10 years younger than either of us. And at a lower pay-grade. We know this because of our titles. This male employee has been with our company and our team for almost 6 …

How To Stay Motivated Your 1st Month Blogging

So it’s been a rough first month blogging about My Early Retirement Journey on a self-hosted site. I was on Blogger for about a month when I first started blogging as a test run. I wanted to see if this is something I really wanted to do. It is. However, I have had quite a …

Stop the Lies: An Open Letter to the FIRE Community

Possible titles for this post. Personal Finance and Budget Lies: An Expose on the FIRE Community FIRE is not FUN – It’s not for everyone. Personal Finance Lies and Half Truths: A Rant on the FIRE community Savings and budgeting was more fun until it became a requirement Stop Lying: An Open Letter to the …