Tag: Money

Nov 06

The Happy Philosopher Visits the ChooseFI Podcast

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Shortly after I was on the Mad Fientist’s podcast, Brad and Jonathan from the Choose FI podcast reached out to me. You see, they also have a podcast exploring aspects of financial independence, and after listening to me and Brandon chat for a bit, they still had questions. They wanted to dive into some of …

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Oct 30

Adventures In Tipping: FinCon 2017

I just got back from FinCon 2017. FinCon is a massive financial content expo/conference with over 1700 attendees this year. In other words, it is where financial bloggers go hang out every year and have fun/share ideas/network.   I’m tired of writing about depressing things like my back pain or burnout or suicide. I mean …

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Sep 01

Case Study: A Military Doctor Can Retire Early. Should He?

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  Every now and then people email me and ask me for advice. Many of them are physicians who relate to my story and have thoughts of early retirement or some alternative plan other than “work until 65 and either die or golf every day”. I don’t really have time to give a complete and …

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Aug 20

Stacking Functions

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Everything we do has a cost in terms of time, money or energy. This concept of opportunity cost is an important one. The more efficiently we use our resources, the more we have available for other things. In this way efficiency is an important tool we use to increase our freedom.   I loosely define …

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Jun 17

That Time I Didn’t Buy the Shoes

  That Time I didn’t Buy the Shoes   I try to limit the amount of new things that come into my life. Blame it on minimalism, laziness, environmentalism, dementia or maybe a combination. This is a deep seated philosophy that has slowly developed over time, and as usual, it is based on happiness. It …

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Jun 03

Make Your Life Upgrade Proof

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There are two ways of being happy: We may either diminish our wants or augment our means- either will do- the result is the same. But if you are wise, you will do both at the same time; and if you are very wise you will do both in such a way as to augment …

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May 14

The Value of Giving Your Stuff Away

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Give your stuff away After sorting through our physical possessions and identifying the clutter, there is now the challenge of what to do with it. There are many ways to get rid of physical clutter from simply throwing it away to recycling it to selling it. I have done all of these things and they …

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Mar 30

Should a Medical Resident Rent or Buy a House?

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Renting versus Buying a Home: The Happy Philosopher’s Experience   This has been a busy week for guest posts on other blogs. Earlier this week I wrote a post over on 1500days about how to be the happiest person in the room. Today’s blog post is published over at PhysicianonFIRE.com. It’s about the decision process …

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Mar 09

Understanding the Relationship Between Utility, Happiness and Cost

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Utility, happiness and cost Today I want to introduce the concept of utility, and explore how it relates to the central theme of this blog: happiness. In my previous blog post on the marginal utility of money I proposed a money-happiness curve like this one. Generally as we spend additional money to become happier, there …

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Feb 22

You Don’t Have to Hate Your Job to Want Financial Independence

If you don't hate your job you should still seek financial independence

  Financial freedom for everyone Financial independence is not just for people that hate their jobs. It is for everyone. Creating freedom in your life may seem more urgent when you feel trapped by a job you hate, but it is still a noble goal for those deeply satisfied with their work.   Predictions are …

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