Today is the 58th edition of our periodic guest post series called 10 Questions. We have a list of 17 questions we pose to fellow financial bloggers, and they are free to pick and choose 10 or answer all of them. Let us know if you would like to be featured in a future edition of 10 Questions.
This week, we hear from Fritz from The Retirement Manifesto. Fritz will be exiting corporate life in just a couple short years at the ripe young age of 55! Pretty neat! Also, anyone who’s a fan of Warren Buffett scores points with me. Take it Fritz!
Why Is Your Blog Awesome?
I loving writing and sharing lessons learned from 31 years of preparing for early retirement (which I’ll achieve in a couple years at Age 55). My goal is Helping Others Achieve A Great Retirement! In addition to focusing on the financial side of early retirement, I focus on broader life factors required for a successful life (Purpose, anyone?). After all, Retirement Is Hard, we only get one crack at it, so let’s get it right! My wife and I just sold our house in 7 days, completed a major downsizing move, and paid off our cabin to become entirely debt free!! I’ve been interviewed on the Radical Personal Finance podcast if you, like me, are a Podcast fan and would rather listen to a conversation about what I’m all about. Here are the 5 Most Popular articles at The Retirement Manifesto:
- The Ten Commandments of Personal Finance
- No One Has Ever Become Poor By Giving
- 5 Steps To Take Within 5 Years of Retirement
- Semi-Retirement: A True Story, From A Respected Friend
- Top 5 Regrets People Have On Their Deathbeds (& How To Avoid Them)
Tell us about you
- I’ve been a passionate “Personal Finance Hobbyist” since my early 20’s (yes, we took advantage of compounding!)
- My wife and I dream of traveling 6 months per year in a 5th wheel. We’re on track for a launch in the next 12-24 months, after our daughter graduates from college.
- I’ve been blogging for a year, and LOVE it! I’m transparent, and share personal experiences as we plan for retirement.
- I’m a 3rd generation writer (Grandad, Dad, and me), but first blogger in the family (the old guys wrote books!)
Did you grow up with money? Did your parents teach you about money?
My parents were both teachers, and we lived a very average middle class lifestyle. My parents taught me a lot of lessons about managing money, including the foolish reality of materialism and the importance of spending less than you earn. I’ve been saving since my first job at Age 12 (mowing lawns & shoveling snow in Michigan), through my teens (delivering newspapers, working for a landscaper, restaurant work), college summer jobs (in Alaska & Yellowstone!), and into my “corporate career” after graduating from college at Age 22. Continue reading