Don’t Fear The “Penalty”!

Few concepts are as misunderstood in the FIRE community as the (ominous voice) “early withdrawal penalty.” More accurately described as section one of tax code §72(t)*, this is the additional 10% income tax that applies to withdrawals from tax deferred retirement accounts taken before age 59½. As I browse the various financial independence forums, I … Continue reading Don’t Fear The “Penalty”!

The Milestones of FI

**Update 7/17: The Milestones of FI is now a featured episode of the ChooseFI podcast! We elaborate on the content of this article, and discuss a few additional milestones as well. Check it out here.** When my wife and I first discovered the financial independence community, we were beyond excited. We binged through the Mr. … Continue reading The Milestones of FI

The Power of FU Money

I’m writing this post from beautiful St. Simons Island, relaxing in the sun and enjoying a much-needed vacation away from work. A vacation which, interestingly enough, wouldn’t have happened if I didn’t leverage the power of FU money. What is FU money? Well, I’ll let Jim Collins, the author of “The Simple Path To Wealth” tell … Continue reading The Power of FU Money

Adventures in Real Estate

It’s been a busy month for the FI180 household! My wife had a birthday, I wrote a guest post over on the FireyMillenials blog, a mustachian friend from Warner Robins made a visit, and we got to record an episode of the ChooseFI podcast, scheduled to air later this month. But perhaps most exciting for the wife and … Continue reading Adventures in Real Estate