The #1 Question We’re Asked About Moving to Panama…

The #1 Question We’re Asked About Moving to Panama…

My loyal readers know that we’re planning on moving to Panama in 2020. We’re quitting our jobs at the end of 2019.  We’ll then let our daughter finish out her school year (fourth grade).  And then, yeah, we’re moving to Panama. Sounds crazy, right?  You can say it – you won’t hurt my feelings. What’s funny is that most of our friends don’t have the heart to tell us what they’re really thinking.  We know what they’re really thinking is “What the #$%^ is wrong with you?  Panama?  Are you insane?!” Instead, they aim for a more diplomatic approach and the first question is always the same… Why Panama? It seems like no one wants to ask us why we’re

If I Die, Here’s What to Do…

If I Die, Here’s What to Do…

Don’t die.  But if you do, hook your loved ones up beforehand. FIRE isn’t just about your numbers – it’s also about planning for your health and well-being in general.  You go through life expecting to live happily ever after… but I’m sorry to break it to you, #$%^happens. No one really wants to think about this, but it will happen to you.  That’s right, you’re going to die at some point.  It might be decades from now or it might be today (though I hope it’s not!), but you just never know. Regardless, if you die, your loved ones will appreciate that your affairs are in order beforehand.  And here’s the thing, you can’t just consider what your spouse or

Guest Appearance on the 2 Frugal Dudes Podcast

Guest Appearance on the 2 Frugal Dudes Podcast

It feels like just a couple of weeks ago, I was telling you about my first ever podcast appearance… oh, yeah, I was!  Well, it’s time for my second guest appearance on a show.  This time around I joined the 2 Frugal Dudes as a guest on their podcast. If you’re not familiar, the 2 Frugal Dudes are Sean Merron and Kevin Griffin.  These are two great guys that aim to help their listeners in the personal finance realm. I met Sean at FinCon in 2017 and he graciously invited me to be a part of their show at some point.  That some point came and here we are today. The show was a lot of fun and we had

Why a $5,000 Tax Return Refund is Actually Good News

Why a $5,000 Tax Return Refund is Actually Good News

There are some folks out there who are enthralled by the idea of taxes.  The idea of working on their tax return actually excites them every year. I’m far from being one of those people. Taxes… borrrrring! Unfortunately, love ’em or hate ’em, if you’re in the U.S., you’re stuck with doing a tax return every year. There’s a part of taxes though that I don’t really get.  It’s the idea that if you get money back on your tax return, you did something wrong. And the higher your refund, the more your year was botched. This year we got around $5,000 on our tax return (between federal and state).  That’s quite a bit more than we usually get back.

Is Retiring Early Really the Best Thing for Our Family?

Is Retiring Early Really the Best Thing for Our Family?

Is retiring early really the best thing for our family?  That’s the question Mrs. R2R sought to answer. Since the Route to Retire blog started in May of 2015, I’ve been hoping to get the other side of the R2R equation (Mrs. R2R) to be a part of the conversation here. It’s easy to get the opinion of one person on the subject of financial independence and retiring early.  However, it’s a completely different story to hear what that person’s better half has to say about the subject. Sometimes you have a saver and a spender in the relationship.  Maybe you have someone ready to retire early and someone who really enjoys working with no plans to ever stop. Getting

My First Podcast Appearance… DYEB!!

My First Podcast Appearance… DYEB!!

One of my goals for 2018 was to start opening myself up a little more and doing a podcast appearance every now and again. It’s one thing to read what a blogger has to say, but it’s another to actually hear him or her talking.  I know that I start to feel more of a connection with some of the podcasters and guests I listen to. The good news is that I met Pete from Do You Even Blog at FinCon this past year.  We got to talking and we discussed the possibility of me doing an appearance on his show.  We eventually lined up a date for late January to make it happen. Since this would be my first podcast appearance,