April 2013

Hi, I’m Jed.  A 40-year-old married family man and father of twin boys.  We live in Madison, Wisconsin of the United States and are always looking for ways to buck the trend.  Thanks for visiting my site.

Buck and boys

Jed and boys

In the simplest of terms, my passion has been lit and my hair is on fire with our march to financial independence.  The flame has always been there, smoldering, but it definitely has kicked into another level of alarm recently.  It consumes my thoughts more than I care to admit and I’m hoping this blog provides some sort of outlet.

“No!  Not another personal finance blog!”

I know, I know.  The last thing this world needs is another person rambling on about the top 13 ways to cut starch expenses from your grocery bill.  I’m not interested in discussing those things either.

I believe there is a fundamental lack of financial smarts in the developed world.  This, coupled with extreme consumerism and an overriding sense of entitlement (the “I deserve it now” attitude) could really put our country and planet as a whole in a really tough spot.  And I’m not just speaking economically, but environmentally as well.

With that said, I’m encouraged by this seemingly large, albeit hidden, population of folks that “get it” and are bucking the trend in their own ways.  Folks that live below their means, generally aren’t wasteful, and appreciate life’s experiences over stuff.

While we are a work in progress, these are the principles that our family values and tends to abide by.  We have been able to amass a sizable nest egg using these guidelines and will be financially unchained to do whatever we want decades before traditional retirees.

Below are the reasons I’ve started documenting this journey:

  • Accountability – reason número uno is that I want to be able to track progress toward The Goal.
  • Technical Know-How – attempt to learn a little bit about blogging, the technologies involved, and come to appreciate the connectivity of the wide world of the web and the opportunity that it can provide.
  • Historical Log – provide a journal of sorts that our kids can revisit when they are older and better understand how mom and dad were able to spend inordinate amounts of time with them while growing up.

And in the rare event someone outside of my wife is perusing this blog, I hope this may enable:

  • Networking – meet like-minded friends that have similar goals.
  • Inspiration – provide a little inspiration to you who, like us, are continuing on your journey to financial freedom.

I’m not big on giving advice so you won’t find a lot of that here.  I learn by seeing and following examples that I determine would be best for me and our family.  It is in this vein that I’ll share what has worked for us and what hasn’t and let you determine what you take away.

Please do not hesitate to contact me with comments or questions.  I’d love to hear from you.

12 thoughts on “About

  1. Integrator

    Its always inspiring to read other stories of those looking to achieve financial independence on an accelerated schedule. I look forward to reading your continued progress toward your goal!

    1. Buck

      Hi Integrator and thanks for browsing the site. I agree with you entirely – it is really encouraging to find others in similar situations in life and marching toward similar goals. I appreciate you taking the time to comment.

  2. Free Money Minute

    Good to know there are others out there that get it and are trying to get out of the rat race by primarily reducing consumerism. Looking forward to keeping up with you in the blogosphere. Best wishes on reaching your retirement goal.

    1. Buck

      Thanks for the well wishes, FMM. I appreciate your engagement on this site as it’s always fun to have a few more folks commenting. I look forward to browsing your site more as well. I can never get enough PF chit-chat!

  3. Mrs. FWTWO

    I saw your guest post on Pretired Nick’s blog and LOVE your story! I think the idea of taking the family abroad to expand your children’s horizons is a great idea and was the subject of conversation for my husband I while we took a walk today. I will definitely be coming back to catch up on your posts.

    By the way, its great to hear there’s another fellow Midwesterner on the early retirement band wagon.

    1. Buck Post author

      Thanks for the encouraging words and for stopping by, Mrs FWTWO. Us Midwesterners need to stick together! Feel free to stop by and comment anytime. Would love to hear any suggestions you may have.

  4. Sarah and Laurel of SproutedRoots.com

    Hi Jed. Love your blog! We have been following it for the last few months as we start to make plans to travel long term with our families. We really appreciate reading your experiences abroad as well as the personal finance articles. So much so we are nominating it for the Very Inspiring Blogger Award. Likely, this isn’t the first time you have been nominated, but we wanted to share our appreciation for what you are putting out.

    We look forward to reading more!
    All the best, Sarah and Laurel of SproutedRoots.com

    1. Jed

      Well you two just made my day! It’s nice to know that we’ve maybe provided a wee bit of inspiration for you. I’m going to have to go over to your blog to see where your families are headed…

  5. Valerie

    So glad to have found just found your blog. We are looking into moving abroad for the same reasons you have mentioned. (Good to know we’re not crazy!) For me I want to be able to spend more time with our kids especially outdoors. For my husband I know being financially independent is HUGE! Which would indeed allow us both to relax and really “be there” with our kids as opposed to always worrying about money. It just seems like the culture here in the states is to work work work while the kids go to school 7 hours a day then come home to do more hours of homework (training them for work work work…) and every ounce of their/our time is scheduled. However we know in moving abroad we will need a community especially for our children so they can make friends. So it is good to know there are like-minded expatriates there in Granada! We like what we see in Granada so far and we’ll continue to use your blog for research. Thank you!! I’m referring your site to my husband as well.

    1. Jed

      Valerie – your comments made my day, thanks! Good luck on your adventure and feel free to keep me posted on how it comes together.


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