Today I haves something special for you: An interview with a reader who was able to semi-retire in his 30s. Like many, he started off with a plan to retire early. But the closer he got to Financial Independence, his desire to stop working altogether disappeared. Instead, he decided to semi-retire and “coasted” his way to FI.
I read a lot. Well, I used to read a lot before Baby Flamingo entered the scene. These days I have a little less time but still manage to read (or listen to) 1-2 books a month, most of them on personal finance, investing and mindset. In this article, I will share how I manage to read almost all my books for free, using a mix of free services offered by local libraries and free trials for paid subscription services.
So far, this has been a story about lost life savings, stupid investment decisions, our carefree (and savings-free) 20s, a gambling problem and a failed semi-retirement trial. But today, we are on track to reach Flamingo FI and semi-retire (with a generous cash buffer) in just over 2.5 years from now. So what happened?
Don’t worry, this story is not your everyday FIRE fairy tale. It is a story of lost lifetime savings, a gambling addiction, chronic health challenges and a failed semi-retirement test drive. You will see – if we can get Financial Independence thing done, anyone can! Born Mustachians? I am originally from Europe, where many things … Read more
In part 1 of this post we discussed the four stages of Flamingo FI and how it allows you to quit the 9-5 in record time. By now you know how Flamingo FI works – you work and save hard for a few years and then you semi-retire. While you are busy enjoying the perks … Read more
Flamingo FI is a funky remix of the best parts of three different retirement lifestyles – Semi-Retirement, Early Retirement (FIRE) and Traditional Retirement. Soon after we started our journey towards Financial Independence, it became clear to us that we didn’t want to be chained to our desks until we hit our FIRE number. We had … Read more