Blog: Posts by Length

Here are all 254 posts written on Minafi since the beginning of time.

My 2020 Year in Review 53 min read.

My 2019 Year in Review 40 min read.

Mint vs YNAB – Which Budgeting App is Right For You? 33 min read.

2017 Year in Review 33 min read.

FinCon 2019 – Washington, D.C, Friends and Inspiration 32 min read.

My Favorite 66 Books Read in 2017 31 min read.

My Favorite 130 Books Read in 2019 30 min read.

Minafi 2018 Q2 Summer Investment Report 30 min read.

My 2018 Year in Review 29 min read.

My Life & Goals Updates So Far for 2021 29 min read.

My FinCon 2018: Friends, Inspiration and Motivation 29 min read.

Most Iconic Road Trips in Every State 28 min read.

My Doomed Adventure Hiking the Highline Trail 28 min read.

My Favorite 100 Books Read in 2018 27 min read.

Minafi 2018 Q3 Fall Investment Report 26 min read.

How I’m Setting Goals During Early Retirement 26 min read.

21 Activities To Keep You Focused On Your Future [or to help during social distancing] 25 min read.

How We Spent $15,000 on Our Honeymoon and Why We’d Do It Again 25 min read.

My 2022 Year in Review 25 min read.

May Goals, Investments and Spending – Running, Hiking and Enjoying Time Outside 25 min read.

101 Things I Want to Know, Have, Do or Be – My Bucket, Goals and Vision List 24 min read.

My Goals For 2021 23 min read.

Three Years of Early Retirement – Mindset Changes and Realizations 23 min read.

My Personal Goals Review for Q2 2018 23 min read.

April 2019 Investment, Goals and Spending Breakdown 22 min read.

Plan Your Perfect Week in Retirement Today 22 min read.

Seven Takeaways from My Second Year of FIRE 22 min read.

June 2019 Goals, Investments & Spending – Running, Camping, Focusing, Sleep No More 21 min read.

What Should You Do With a Sudden Windfall? 21 min read.

Minafi 2018 Q4 Winter Investment Report 21 min read.

Minafi 2018 Q1 Spring Investment Report 21 min read.

Do You Need Luck to Reach Financial Independence and Retire Early? 20 min read.

Lessons Learned From A Year of Monthly Themes 20 min read.

7 Mindsets to Thrive in Financial Independence 19 min read.

My Four Phases of Financial Independence 19 min read.

Which Accounts Should You Use to Invest for Retirement? [Interactive] 19 min read.

The 7 Most Common 401(k) Mistakes [and how to fix them] 19 min read.

Minafi 2019 Q3 Fall Investment Report 18 min read.

My Personal Goals for Q3 2018 – Health, Book & Interactive Guide 18 min read.

Digital Minimalism Review and My Month Without Social Media 18 min read.

The Definitive Guide to Tax-loss Harvesting and Avoiding Wash Sales 18 min read.

Does This Mean the End of the FIRE Movement? [Answer: No] 18 min read.

June 2020 Theme: Explore 17 min read.

The Complete Guide to Withdrawing Funds Early From Your 401(k), IRA and Roth IRA 17 min read.

Minafi Summer Break, Life & Goals Updates for Q2 2021 17 min read.

The Gender Pay Gap Told Through Data From the Finance Blogging Community 17 min read.

February 2020 Theme: Finish 17 min read.

Investing for Beginners: From Your First $1 to $10k and Beyond 17 min read.

Prevent Your Investments from Theft! Secure Your Vanguard Account with Yubikeys and Google Voice 17 min read.

March 2019 Investment, Goals and Spending Breakdown 17 min read.

401k Rollover to an IRA – Why You Should Think Twice About It 16 min read.

My Failure Resume: A Story of 22 Failures Over 18 years 16 min read.

My FinCon 2017: Accidental Connections, Beer & Memories 16 min read.

March 2020 Theme: Routine 16 min read.

I’m 40 Today. Here’s What I Want From My Next 10 Years To Look Like 16 min read.

Minafi 2017 Q4 Winter Investment Report 16 min read.

Roth IRA vs IRA – Which Should You Use? 16 min read.

How A Basic Investing Mistake Cost Me $250,000 (and I Still Made it Twice) 15 min read.

How Are Bonuses Taxed? (with Bonus Calculator) 15 min read.

Investment Literacy: Understanding the Basic Concepts 15 min read.

The Real Cost of LASIK Eye Surgery – Is It Worth it? 15 min read.

Here is Your Guide to the Best Personal Finance Software 15 min read.

How Many Stocks Should You Own In Your Portfolio? 15 min read.

The Bulletproof Strategy to Develop a Morning Ritual 15 min read.

Why I’m Glad I Didn’t Learn About FIRE in My 20s 15 min read.

A Look Back at My First Year of FIRE 15 min read.

Minafi 1 Year Birthday! What I Learned In my First Full Year Blogging 15 min read.

How We Plan to Spend $80,000 a Year & Pay Nearly $0 Taxes 14 min read.

7 Lessons and 2 Mistakes From My First 3 Months of Early Retirement 14 min read.

An Interactive Guide to Portfolio Diversification 14 min read.

2016 Year in Review 14 min read.

It’s Official: I’m Leaving My Job. What’s Next? 14 min read.

How To Make Money On Facebook and 14 Ways People Are Doing It 14 min read.

Why I Turned Down Double My Salary 14 min read.

5 Steps to Embrace Lifestyle Deflation Without Deprivation 14 min read.

My Financial Spreadsheet: 5 Metrics to Track for Financial Independence 14 min read.

Stoicism In the Time of a Market Virus 14 min read.

7 Features From Minafi v2 I’m Excited to Announce! 14 min read.

The Minimal Investor ESPP Guide and Calculator 14 min read.

“Won’t You be Bored?” Why Creatives Thrive in Financial Independence 13 min read.

Which Investment Accounts Should I Use? 13 min read.

My Secret Weapon for Minimalism: A Crazy Fast Photo Scanner 13 min read.

Work Optional Book Review: An Actionable Guide to Living Your Best Life 13 min read.

What’s the Difference Between Fire, Lean Fire, and Fat Fire? 13 min read.

March 2018 Goals Review – Slow Movement 13 min read.

You Can’t do Everything: How I’m Prioritizing What to Start, Stop and Continue in Retirement 13 min read.

My 2021 Year in Review 13 min read.

How Speculative Investing (No, Not $GME) Brought Me Closer to FI 13 min read.

My Personal Goals for Q2 2018 – Health, Growth and Creation 13 min read.

How to Invest Your First $1,000 and Double Your Money (In Time) 13 min read.

I’ve Tracked My Spending For 8+ Years and Here’s What I Learned 13 min read.

Mastery is a Trap 12 min read.

December 2020 Theme: Enjoy 12 min read.

Here’s Why You Feel Exhausted: A Look at Thinking vs Doing 12 min read.

11 Mistakes Made By First-Time Investors 12 min read.

Why I’m Going for FIO – Financial Independence with Options 12 min read.

April 2020 Theme: Create 12 min read.

January 2020 Theme: Focus 12 min read.

September / October 2017 Personal Goals & Review 12 min read.

Where Are You On the Financial Independence + Retirement Matrix? 11 min read.

6 Thoughts After 6 Months of Early Retirement 11 min read.

2019 Federal Tax Brackets – What Rate Will You Pay? 11 min read.

Mint Mobile Review: For $15/Month Is It Worth It? 11 min read.

Exploring the Compound Interest Formula through Examples 11 min read.

11 Things to Consider Before Investing in Cryptocurrency in 2021 11 min read.

Why I Don’t Care About Free Stock Trades (And You Shouldn’t Either) 11 min read.

Coinbase Review: The Easiest Way to Get Started Investing in Bitcoin 11 min read.

How to Get Out of a Timeshare: 5 Proven Ways 11 min read.

May 2020 Theme: Work 11 min read.

I Make Enough Money to Live in a Minimalist House 11 min read.

July 2020 Theme: Vision 11 min read.

Use Buffett’s 25/5 Technique to Prioritize Personal Goals 10 min read.

Find Your Irresistible Staircase to Early Retirement 10 min read.

Startup FIRE 10 min read.

Your House Doesn’t Count Towards the 4% Rule 10 min read.

The Focused Investor 3: Enoch Omololu from Savvy New Canadians on Index Investing 10 min read.

Pay Fewer Fees by Reverse Engineering Retirement Date Funds 10 min read.

Why I Avoid Dividends Like the Plague 10 min read.

November / December 2017 Goals & Moving Status! 10 min read.

How A Bank Error In My Favor Earned Me $100,000 and I Got to Keep it. Really. 10 min read.

Financial Independence Groups: Meetups, Forums, Events and How To Find Likeminded People 10 min read.

7 Things Learned in My First Month of Early Retirement 10 min read.

How To Conduct a Weekly Review to Keep Yourself on Track 10 min read.

The Simple Path to Wealth Book Review 10 min read.

Why I Don’t Want to be a Landlord or Invest in Real Estate 9 min read.

Creating an Identity Bridge for Early Retirement 9 min read.

Understanding Your Asset Allocation with Spreadsheets and Personal Capital 9 min read.

My Biggest Investment Mistake and the Lessons I’ve Learned 9 min read.

Understanding the Expense Ratio and How It Affects Your Investments 9 min read.

Why You Should Create a Local Bucket List 9 min read.

Our New $6,000 Car 9 min read.

Data Says the Millennial Early Retirement Age is 40 – Here’s How They Could Do It 9 min read.

July / August 2017 Personal Goals & Review 9 min read.

Growing Up With Computers 9 min read.

Minafi 2017 Q3 Fall Investment Report 9 min read.

2014 Year In Review 9 min read.

My Favorite Books for January 2018 9 min read.

What is Financial Independence? 9 min read.

Why I’m Loving Apartment Living After 35 Years in a House 9 min read.

How I Would (and Do) Invest $1 Million 9 min read.

How to Choose Between 401k, Taxable and Roth IRA Accounts to Optimize Taxes 9 min read.

Tracking & Forecasting Expenses with Mint, Todoist and Google Sheets 9 min read.

Minimal Hurricane Preparation 8 min read.

The Burden of Now 8 min read.

The Focused Investor 1: Alexander from Day Trading Z Robots vs. Human Traders 8 min read.

Financial Freedom Book Review – A Guide to Retiring Early 8 min read.

Calculate Your FI Number With State and Federal Taxes (It’s More Than You Think) 8 min read.

October / November 2017 Goals & Moving Announcement! 8 min read.

Where Are You on the FIRE Spectrum? 8 min read.

The Focused Investor 4 – Lily from Merry For Money on Confident Investing 8 min read.

All You Need is Less 8 min read.

What is Your Rainy Day Project? 8 min read.

Spotlight Your Potential with Keystone Habits 8 min read.

August 2020 Theme: Empty 8 min read.

My 52 Beliefs 8 min read.

2015 Year In Review 8 min read.

My Top 10 Favorite Posts on Minafi from 2017 8 min read.

February 2018 Goals Review – Use Everything 8 min read.

I Just Sold My Used Car for $150,000+ FI Dollars 8 min read.

Growing Kids Self-Control For $5 a Week 7 min read.

Vanguard Backdoor Roth IRA Conversion Walkthrough 7 min read.

The Last Gift My Mom Ever Gave Me 7 min read.

August / September 2017 Personal Goals & Review 7 min read.

37 Inspiration Minimalism Quotes to Help You Simplify Your Life 7 min read.

Mutual Funds vs ETFs: What’s the Difference Between Them? 7 min read.

The 6 People Who Inspire Me The Most 7 min read.

The Simple Three Fund Portfolio at Vanguard 7 min read.

Commitment Devices for Minimalism and Simple Living 7 min read.

Fernweh – A Longing for Travel and Places Unseen 7 min read.

March 2018 Goals – Slow Movement 7 min read.

Where Are You On The Minimalist Living Spectrum? 7 min read.

The Shockingly Scary Difference Between Healthy FIRE and Unhealthy FIRE 7 min read.

A Day of FIRE – Expectation vs Reality 7 min read.

Top 21 Zip Codes for Real Estate Investing in 2021 7 min read.

All my Coworkers Just Learned about my Blog – Here’s What Happened 6 min read.

Exponential Growth Calculator [solve for any variable] 6 min read.

2013 Year In Review 6 min read.

Joy is a Skill, Remember to Practice It 6 min read.

The Focused Investor 2: OthalaFehu on Preparing for the Worst with Precious Metals 6 min read.

What You Should Know About Investing At Every Age From 16 to 60 6 min read.

There is No Such Thing as a Minimalist Life 6 min read.

Slow Minimalism 6 min read.

The Rule of 72 Calculator: How to Perform Compound Interest Calculations In Your Head 6 min read.

Be Mindful of False Productivity 6 min read.

401k, IRA and Roth IRA Limits for 2018 6 min read.

Why Should I Invest Now? — How To Be Brave & Start Investing 6 min read.

Buffett’s 10/10/10 Rule For Making Financial Decisions 6 min read.

Seeking Mentors 6 min read.

5 Steps to Change Your Default Consumption Behavior 6 min read.

December 2017 Goal Review: Minafi Content & Settling into Salt Lake City 6 min read.

Avoiding the Lifestyle Inflation Trap 6 min read.

What is Your Personal Mission? 6 min read.

Do You Vacation or Travel? 6 min read.

What Does Financial Independence Mean to Me? Is it Just About Quitting and Retiring? 6 min read.

Introducing the Minafi Salt Lake City Early Retirement Community! 6 min read.

How I Ended Up (And Stayed) at Code School 6 min read.

The Minafi FIRE Prowess Score 5 min read.

How to Invest During a Bitcoin Bubble 5 min read.

What’s Your Growth Story? 5 min read.

How Tradition Tricks You Into Wanting Things You Don’t Need 5 min read.

Reduce Kitchen Clutter with The Dishwasher Challenge 5 min read.

Improve Your Focus By Setting Monthly Goals 5 min read.

Is FIRE A Hero’s Journey? 5 min read.

How to Listen to 100 Audiobooks a Year 5 min read.

Lagom: Swedish Minimalism for Enough 5 min read.

Earning Time 5 min read.

My Reaction to the 2008 Recession and Why I Still Invest in Bonds 5 min read.

9 Songs About Money You Won’t Hear on the Radio 5 min read.

Our 7 Rules of Travel Spending 5 min read.

How I Learned to be Less Critical of Others 5 min read.

The Minafi Money Map 5 min read.

2012 Year in Review 5 min read.

January 2018 Goals Review – Minimal Investor Course Update 5 min read.

Handling Blame 4 min read.

June 2017: Monthly Goal Review 4 min read.

Medium Journaling is Minimalism 4 min read.

Why You Think in the Mediums Of Your Message 4 min read.

Minimalism is Learning to Accept Losses 4 min read.

What Opinion do you Hold that Many People Would Disagree With? 4 min read.

Build Focus with Roosevelt Dashes 4 min read.

2011 Year in Review 4 min read.

Challenge Yourself with Weekly Task Planning Using Todoist 4 min read.

July 2017: Monthly Goals 4 min read.

Why You Should Plant a (Symbolic) Garden For Early Retirement 4 min read.

Week in Review – December 30, 2017 4 min read.

When Pursuing Early Retirement, You Must Be Armed With a Bag of Whys 4 min read.

2010 Year in Review 4 min read.

What’s a Moment Where You Felt The Most Euphoric? 4 min read.

Living for Tomorrow vs Living for Today 3 min read.

Make Fewer Choices with Decision Minimalism 3 min read.

Why Minafi’s Logo is a Torii 3 min read.

Why Write An Interactive Guide to FIRE? 3 min read.

Why I Don’t Blog Anonymously 3 min read.

How to Declutter: My Uncluttering Manifesto 3 min read.

When Are You On Autopilot? 3 min read.

January 2018 Goals – Writing Entirely Too Much! 3 min read.

Simplify Your Desktop with Bartender 3 min read.

Minimalist are not Nomads, but Nomads are Minimalists 3 min read.

Want Streaks 3 min read.

If You Want to Reach Your Goals, Track Your Activities 3 min read.

The Only Piece of Luggage You Need 3 min read.

What’s Your Weekly Spending Distribution? 3 min read.

February 2018 Goals – Use Everything 3 min read.

Comparison is the Thief of Joy, but How Do You Stop? 3 min read.

The Woke Investor – Investing Tips For When You’re Already Awesome 3 min read.

The Periodic Table of FIRE! [Interactive] 2 min read.

Newspaper Mindfulness Exercise 2 min read.

Use Savings Rate as a Lifestyle Inflation Canary 2 min read.

What Are You Accidentally Accumulating? 2 min read.

Novelty 2 min read.

Write Your ‘Year in Review’ Post Now 2 min read.

Foregoing Cultural Cognizance 2 min read.

Practice Poverty 2 min read.

Create a Consumption Ledger 2 min read.

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