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In 1991 Billy and Akaisha Kaderli retired at the age of 38. Now, into their 3rd decade of this financially independent lifestyle, they invite you to take advantage of their wisdom and experience.

We Want Millennials to Be Financially Independent!

And They Can!

Billy and Akaisha Kaderli

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It seems the Financially Independent, Retire Early (FIRE) movement is gaining momentum.

We think this is great!

It is our belief that becoming financially independent is one of the best things you can do for yourself and for the world.

So, if you are a Millennial just getting familiar with the terrain, where do you start?

We have put together some suggestions to help you cut through the noise.

 

 

 

 

You don't have to be special, you don't have to make a bazillion dollars, and you don't have to win the lottery. You just need to stick to a plan, prioritize your spending and save, save, save... invest, invest, invest! Being a thoughtful shopper works in your favor. Do you really want to be an impulse buyer? Take a few moments to consider that quick purchase and instead, place that money towards your future. We're not saying you need to deprive yourself, just think if the purchase is where you want to place your money right now.

How do you find your plan? Figure out what you are spending for the lifestyle you are living today and multiply that number by 25. According to financial experts, this is the target amount you need to invest in order to (theoretically) never run out of money, using the 4% Safe Withdrawal Rate. Track your spending so you know where your money is going. Then, tweak your spending so you can invest more to get to your target amount faster.

Find a partner who is on the same financial page as you because divorce is expensive on many levels. We cannot emphasize how important this guideline is. While there are differences between couples that make for a lively and rewarding relationship, arguing about finances is not one of them. Disagreements over finances is one of the highest stressors in a marriage contributing to divorce. Choose wisely and your road to financial independence will be turbo-charged and a lot more fun.

Learn the language of finance so that you can invest on your own. Become self-reliant in this. If you familiarize yourself with financial terms, and understand even the basics, then no one can scam or charm you into an unwise investment. You will save thousands of dollars on fees in the long run and you will build more self-confidence for the management of your future.

If you have ever wondered if you’d be bored with so many years ahead of you away from the conventional work force, realize that here are many other ways to gain satisfaction than from a job. Before you leave the working world, we recommend that you make a list of all your passions - the things you want to do, want to learn, and places where you want to travel. Expand that list at every opportunity. In that way you won’t find yourself bored out of your mind after you have finished organizing the garage or your recipes.

Remember, when you are financially independent, you can do anything you want with your time, including volunteering, becoming a mentor, taking on a part-time gig or inventing a product for the benefit of humanity.

At Lake Atitlan, Guatemala

One of the advantages of driving your future through FIRE is that the longer you are retired and out of the consumer cycle, the more you will find that you can live a very satisfying life with less stuff! You simply focus on the things you really like or need and leave the rest behind. If you choose not to own a home, there are tremendous savings in that lifestyle choice. No more repairs, maintenance, remodeling, insurance, or property taxes. If you decide to go car-free, you are not bound to owning a vehicle with all the expenses related to that “privilege.” And there are plenty of sport activities that are low cost with a high FUN quotient, like hiking, biking, swimming, tennis, and walking through parks with your dog.

 

 

 

 

In general, after almost three decades of financial freedom, we have found that living with less is actually having more; More fun, more adventure, more freedom, less stress, less payments, less financial obligations.

Overall, we would say don’t let anyone steal your dreams or derail you from saving for your future goal. If you work hard, save a lot, spend little and invest wisely, you will solidly be on the road to your financial freedom. And then you can truly call your life your own!

What if you could choose to work, and not have to work? What would YOU do?

About the Authors

 
Billy and Akaisha Kaderli are recognized retirement experts and internationally published authors on topics of finance, medical tourism and world travel. With the wealth of information they share on their award winning website RetireEarlyLifestyle.com, they have been helping people achieve their own retirement dreams since 1991. They wrote the popular books, The Adventurer’s Guide to Early Retirement and Your Retirement Dream IS Possible available on their website bookstore or on Amazon.com.

Retire Early Lifestyle appeals to a different kind of person – the person who prizes their independence, values their time, and who doesn’t want to mindlessly follow the crowd.

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