Money Masters: 1500 Days to Freedom
This week’s Money Masters are Mr. and Mrs. of 1500 Days to Freedom. We enjoy the small, community feel of the personal finance blogger’s world. We were introduced to 1500 Days to Freedom by Michelle Jackson of Shop My Closest who also lives in Denver and was a Money Master last winter.
After talking with the 1500s for a little, they were kind enough to invite us to a BBQ at their house just north of Denver. Other personal finance bloggers who were visiting Colorado were there. The 1500 thought it would be great for everyone to meet.
It was great to meet everyone. We had fun and learned so much about other people in this space. We’ve featured some of what we learned on our blog.
The 1500s asked us to answer their “10 Questions”. We asked them to be Money Masters. Today, we’re mutually sharing answers. Learn more about the 1500 Days to Freedom below and about the Debt Free Guys here.
- What’s your story?
I’m a software developer and was having a really bad day at work back in 2013. I was 39 and the thought of working another 20 or 25 years made me nauseous. I googled something like ‘How do I retire early?’ and the Mr. Money Mustache (MMM) blog popped up.
I had always been a saver, so had a good deal of money saved up to the tune of almost $600,000. However, I had never even considered leaving the working world before I was in my 60s. MMM provided a blueprint for how (and why) to retire early and I was hooked. I did some calculations and figured that it would take me about 4 years to be able to quit work comfortably.
At the same time, I’ve always loved writing. So, I decided to make the goal public to keep myself honest. The 1500 Days blog was born.
- What’s your point of view, as a personal finance blogger?
There are several aspects to the blog:
- First and foremost, the purpose of the blog is to document my path to financial independence. I’m completely transparent with my finances, providing a monthly status update where I show how much I have gained or lost. Here is my most recent update for May.
- Many of my life’s adventures are personal finance related. For example, I do a lot of work on my own home that I enjoy writing about.
- Finally, the most popular part of the blog is the Thursday Rant. There are no shortage of folks on the wrong financial patch in life. I can be quite cranky, so I enjoy writing about their issues. Even my own family has been a target.
Above all, I’m a goofy guy and I hope this is reflected in my writing. Money doesn’t have to be dry and boring.
- In one sentence, what’s one piece of sage advice from your personal finance background that you’d like to share with our readers?
Save until it hurts and then save some more.
Check out 1500 Days to Freedom and sign up for their RSS feed. You’ll be glad you did. Their story and writing are inspiring.
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