Enchumbao’s Top 10 Posts of 2017

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Hola mi gente,

I can’t believe that we’re already closing this year. It’s just insane how fast time flies. That’s why we must continue to seize the moment. I feel that it was just the other day when we declared financial independence but it’s almost been a year since then. As soon as 2018 hits we can confidently say that we’ll be retiring next year. How cool and scary is that going to feel!

Before we close 2017 we want to share with you this year’s most popular posts. Thank you for tuning in and let’s meet some more financial goals next year while enjoying la buena vida!

Here are the articles that you made popular this year.

Top 10 Posts of 2017

A Seven-Step Blueprint for Early Retirement

In a team meeting the other day, my coworker mentioned how it’s hard to keep up with the names of new employees because so many people are retiring, and how he would love to retire as well to enjoy life more.

Life Doctor Series: How to Find Your Formula for True Happiness

Step into my office…have a seat in the comfortable armchair AKA the hammock…let’s talk about what makes you truly happy and how it ties into your purpose in life…what’s that?…you don’t know the answers to those questions? Well, in that case, let’s start with the basics.

15 Lessons Learned From 10 Years of Investing

It’s been a little over 10 years since I started investing with my first dollars in equities through my retirement plan at work. At first, these dollars were like tiny drops that dripped into a bucket. It didn’t feel like they were amounting to much, but every pay cycle kept filling up the bucket a bit more.

Why I Disagree With Financial Samurai on This Recommendation

Financial Samurai is one of the personal finance blogs that I enjoy reading the most. I like that Sam, the blogger, makes me think hard and provides valuable knowledge that helps solidify our investment strategy. I have nothing but praise for Sam’s work, but a recent particular recommendation-that I disagree with-motivated me to comment and ultimately write this post.

How We Grew Our Net Worth by 139.47% in 3 Years

Everyone who owns stocks has seen a nice, fast rise in their net worth lately. Just when many thought that the market could only go down after the Dow Jones hit the symbolic 20,000, it proceeded to reach another record high of 21,000 in a very short time.

7 Tips for Visiting Miami Without Breaking Your Budget

Ahhhh, Miami, Florida, it’s quite a place. The sexy people are everywhere, the beaches are gorgeous, and there is something for everyone. However, when most people go there, they end up dropping hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on long weekends alone.

How We Unlocked More Options and Insanely Better Choices

Welcome to the monthly update of our journey to financial independence, where we report on the progress of our FI tree, aka Freedom Fund. Our mangoes are almost ripe and our goal is to reach financial independence by July 2017.

No Mortgage, We’ll Pay With Cash for a Home After Early Retirement

Hola Enchumbao readers, We’re posting this week straight from the Dominican Republic! Our 2+ week vacation is almost coming to an end, but we’re excited to come back because every vacation means we’re even closer to retirement. This trip is giving us a nice break from the work routine and a chance to visualize our freedom.

Enchumbao’s 2018 Target Asset Allocation: How We’re Moving Full Steam Ahead

Things are getting real. We’re getting close to our early retirement year! And as we move closer to our target, we continue to shift our assets to meet our future needs. When it comes to investing, our goal is to keep things simple and we try not to ask too much from our retirement assets: Only to pay for our living expenses, forever.

How We Spent in 2016 and a New Challenge For This Year

Welcome to the annual detailed Enchumbao expense report. We’ve been publishing our expenses since we launched this blog, so this is the third annual report showing how we spent our money. One of our annual traditions for the last five years, on New Year’s Day, is to enjoy coffee while looking through our past year’s expenses, so that we can set a budget for the year.

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Mr. Enchumbao

I work for a large investment management company helping people save for traditional retirement. During my spare time, I write about our FIRE journey here, at Enchumbao. My journey to FI began in 2012. I was in a lot of debt back then, but I turned things around and became debt free a few years later. My wife and I reached financial independence in 2017 and are preparing to retire soon.

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