Does FIRE Have Longevity Advantages?

For those of us reaching FIRE in our late 30’s and early 40’s, our retirement timelines are a little longer than average.  Many of us are planning retirement periods of 40 years… long enough to reach the end of a typical human lifespan.

But what if we’ve been planning it wrong all along?  What if FIRE also has hidden advantages that allow early retirees to live longer than normal lifespans…

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Japan Trip Report – Part 4 (Taketori Park)

Does a trip to the park sound boring when Japan has ancient temples and castles to explore?  Tourist attractions are great, but they can also be expensive and exhausting.

Frankly, after you’ve seen about a dozen temples they all start to look the same anyway.  Certainly not something a 2 year old and a 4 year old are going appreciate for a whole month.  Instead, we take the kids to the park!

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Japan Trip Report – Part 1

Hi folks!  The Tako family is currently traveling around Japan for the entire month of October.  We’re exploring the Land of the Rising Sun once again (it’s not our first trip to Japan), and I’ll be blogging about our travels for the entire month.  So keep watching for all the latest updates!

Without further ado, let’s get right down to the interesting stuff…

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August 2017 Dividend Income And Expenses

Summer months are the fun months of the year — filled with traveling, birthday parties, water-fights, gardening, and beautiful warm weather.  That’s what our summer looks like at least… and August is our peak summer month.  It was a crazy busy month.

We had tons of fun, and it showed up in our expenses this August!  We spent a HUGE amount of money, but none of it was unexpected…

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A Financially Independent Life Is A Good Life

Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is one of my favorite movies from the 1980’s.  On the surface, the move is about a trio of highschool kids who skip school to have a good time.  But the movie is really about living, and experiencing life to its fullest.  Carpe Diem.

At one point in the movie, Ferris quips, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in awhile, you could miss it.”  He couldn’t be more right…

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