Tag Archive: Savings Rate

How to Become a Millionaire

This post will walk through the ridiculously simple math behind becoming a millionaire. Let me start off by saying that a million dollars isn’t what it used to be (sorry no yachts or private jets). However, having a million dollars is the bank still puts you in elite status when it comes to retirement savings. Savings Stats The median retirement age American (65-74), has $126,000 saved for retirement. The average retirement age American is doing better, but they still only have $358,000 saved. So having a million dollars in the bank would give you 8x the amount the median has saved and almost 3x the amount the average has saved. From a cash flow standpoint, a million dollars can generate $40,000 per year using the…
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Financial Independence Debate: Save More or Make More

Today I would like to discuss my personal opinion/strategy on whether focusing on saving money and optimizing lifestyle costs or making more money through active and/or passive income is the better route to achieving Financial Independence. To anyone who is active in the FI community the natural answer is that both sides of the ledger are important. It is impossible to achieve a high savings rate which is the nucleus of any early retirement strategy if you only focus on saving or earning with disregard for the other. While I concede that this widely held belief is true, I do believe that from an effort (time, energy, etc.) standpoint there are optimal and sub optimal approaches. The remainder of this post will discuss my tactics…
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