Blog: Popular Posts

Here are all 220 posts written on Minafi since the beginning of time.

It’s Official: I’m Leaving My Job. What’s Next? 51 comments

FinCon 2019 – Washington, D.C, Friends and Inspiration 45 comments

Why I’m Going for FIO – Financial Independence with Options 39 comments

How A Bank Error In My Favor Earned Me $100,000 and I Got to Keep it. Really. 32 comments

Vanguard Backdoor Roth IRA Conversion Walkthrough 29 comments

The Gender Pay Gap Told Through Data From the Finance Blogging Community 28 comments

My FinCon 2017: Accidental Connections, Beer & Memories 28 comments

The Periodic Table of FIRE! [Interactive] 26 comments

A Look Back at My First Year of FIRE 27 comments

My FinCon 2018: Friends, Inspiration and Motivation 26 comments

My 2017 Year in Review 42 comments

Does This Mean the End of the FIRE Movement? [Answer: No] 23 comments

Growing Kids Self-Control For $5 a Week 23 comments

How We Plan to Spend $80,000 a Year & Pay Nearly $0 Taxes 22 comments

Why I’m Loving Apartment Living After 35 Years in a House 25 comments

Use Savings Rate as a Lifestyle Inflation Canary 21 comments

What’s the Difference Between Fire, Lean Fire, and Fat Fire? 20 comments

The 2018 Guide to Roth IRA vs IRA – Which Should You Use? 20 comments

October / November 2017 Goals & Moving Announcement! 18 comments

My 52 Beliefs 17 comments

The Real Cost of LASIK Eye Surgery – Is It Worth it? 17 comments

401k, IRA and Roth IRA Limits for 2018 17 comments

How I Would (and Do) Invest $1 Million 17 comments

7 Things Learned in My First Month of Early Retirement 16 comments

Lagom: Swedish Minimalism for Enough 16 comments

Our 7 Rules of Travel Spending 16 comments

Pay Fewer Fees by Reverse Engineering Retirement Date Funds 16 comments

Why I Avoid Dividends Like the Plague 15 comments

The Simple Three Fund Portfolio at Vanguard 15 comments

Data Says the Millennial Early Retirement Age is 40 – Here’s How They Could Do It 15 comments

Do You Vacation or Travel? 15 comments

Minafi 2017 Q3 Fall Investment Report 15 comments

The Minimal Investor ESPP Guide and Calculator 15 comments

Betterment vs Wealthfront Guide: Which is Right For You? 15 comments

Minafi 2017 Q4 Winter Investment Report 14 comments

Why I Don’t Blog Anonymously 14 comments

Minafi 2018 Q3 Fall Investment Report 13 comments

The Shockingly Scary Difference Between Healthy FIRE and Unhealthy FIRE 13 comments

May 2020 Theme: Work 13 comments

My 2018 Year in Review 12 comments

Coinbase Review: The Easiest Way to Get Started Investing in Bitcoin 15 comments

Slow Minimalism 12 comments

How Speculative Investing Brought Me Closer to FI 12 comments

Mint vs YNAB – Which Budgeting App is Right For You? 12 comments

How A Basic Investing Mistake Cost Me $250,000 (and I Still Made it Twice) 13 comments

Where Are You On the Financial Independence + Retirement Matrix? 11 comments

My 2019 Year in Review 11 comments

November / December 2017 Goals & Moving Status! 11 comments

June 2019 Goals, Investments & Spending – Running, Camping, Focusing, Sleep No More 11 comments

I’ve Tracked My Spending For 8+ Years and Here’s What I Learned 11 comments

My Favorite 66 Books Read in 2017 11 comments

What Should You Do With a Sudden Windfall? 11 comments

Our New $6,000 Car 10 comments

Minafi 2018 Q2 Summer Investment Report 10 comments

My Secret Weapon for Minimalism: A Crazy Fast Photo Scanner 10 comments

The 7 Most Common 401(k) Mistakes [and how to fix them] 10 comments

April 2020 Theme: Create 9 comments

My Favorite 130 Books Read in 2019 9 comments

How We Spent $15,000 on Our Honeymoon and Why We’d Do It Again 9 comments

Minafi 2018 Q1 Spring Investment Report 9 comments

I Just Sold My Used Car for $150,000+ FI Dollars 9 comments

Joy is a Skill, Remember to Practice It 9 comments

The Minafi FIRE Prowess Score 9 comments

How to Choose Between 401k, Taxable and Roth IRA Accounts to Optimize Taxes 9 comments

What is Your Rainy Day Project? 9 comments

6 Thoughts After 6 Months of Early Retirement 10 comments

My Favorite 100 Books Read in 2018 8 comments

A Day of FIRE – Expectation vs Reality 8 comments

401k Rollover to an IRA – Why You Should Think Twice About It 8 comments

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

June 2020 Theme: Explore 10 comments

37 Inspiration Minimalism Quotes to Help You Simplify Your Life 8 comments

The Simple Path to Wealth Book Review 8 comments

You Can’t do Everything: How I’m Prioritizing What to Start, Stop and Continue in Retirement 8 comments

What’s Your Growth Story? 8 comments

101 Things I Want to Know, Have, Do or Be – My Bucket, Goals and Vision List 8 comments

Minafi 1 Year Birthday! What I Learned In my First Full Year Blogging 8 comments

Minafi 2019 Q3 Fall Investment Report 8 comments

Reduce Kitchen Clutter with The Dishwasher Challenge 7 comments

March 2019 Investment, Goals and Spending Breakdown 7 comments

The Complete Guide to Withdrawing Funds Early From Your 401(k), IRA and Roth IRA 7 comments

21 Activities To Keep You Focused On Your Future [or to help during social distancing] 7 comments

February 2018 Goals – Use Everything 7 comments

Why I’m Glad I Didn’t Learn About FIRE in My 20s 8 comments

Digital Minimalism Review and My Month Without Social Media 7 comments

My Failure Resume: A Story of 22 Failures Over 18 years 7 comments

I Make Enough Money to Live in a Minimalist House 7 comments

Where Are You On The Minimalist Living Spectrum? 7 comments

The Minafi Money Map 7 comments

There is No Such Thing as a Minimalist Life 6 comments

September / October 2017 Personal Goals & Review 6 comments

The Woke Investor – Investing Tips For When You’re Already Awesome 6 comments

The Definitive Guide to Tax-loss Harvesting and Avoiding Wash Sales 6 comments

March 2020 Theme: Routine 6 comments

Fernweh – A Longing for Travel and Places Unseen 6 comments

Creating an Identity Bridge for Early Retirement 6 comments

2019 Federal Tax Brackets – What Rate Will You Pay? 6 comments

7 Lessons and 2 Mistakes From My First 3 Months of Early Retirement 8 comments

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

Growing Up With Computers 6 comments

April 2019 Investment, Goals and Spending Breakdown 6 comments

Why I Turned Down Double My Salary 6 comments

Where Are You on the FIRE Spectrum? 7 comments

How to Invest Your First $1,000 and Double Your Money (In Time) 6 comments

Why Minafi’s Logo is a Torii 5 comments

Use Buffett’s 25/5 Technique to Prioritize Personal Goals 5 comments

February 2020 Theme: Finish 6 comments

Find Your Irresistible Staircase to Early Retirement 5 comments

Week in Review – December 30, 2017 5 comments

My Four Phases of Financial Independence 5 comments

Stoicism In the Time of a Market Virus 6 comments

9 Songs About Money You Won’t Hear on the Radio 5 comments

Build Focus with Roosevelt Dashes 4 comments

Is FIRE A Hero’s Journey? 4 comments

My Favorite Books for January 2018 4 comments

The Last Gift My Mom Ever Gave Me 4 comments

All You Need is Less 4 comments

January 2018 Goals – Writing Entirely Too Much! 4 comments

All my Coworkers Just Learned about my Blog – Here’s What Happened 4 comments

Exploring the Compound Interest Formula through Examples 4 comments

What You Should Know About Investing At Every Age From 16 to 60 4 comments

Mint Mobile Review: For $15/Month Is It Worth It? 4 comments

January 2020 Theme: Focus 4 comments

March 2018 Goals – Slow Movement 4 comments

Spotlight Your Potential with Keystone Habits 4 comments

How Are Bonuses Taxed? (with Bonus Calculator) 4 comments

How to Invest During a Bitcoin Bubble 3 comments

Plan Your Perfect Week in Retirement Today 3 comments

My Personal Goals Review for Q2 2018 3 comments

My Reaction to the 2008 Recession and Why I Still Invest in Bonds 3 comments

What Opinion do you Hold that Many People Would Disagree With? 3 comments

Challenge Yourself with Weekly Task Planning Using Todoist 3 comments

When Are You On Autopilot and Not In the Moment 3 comments

How Tradition Tricks You Into Wanting Things You Don’t Need 4 comments

July 2020 Theme: Vision 2 comments

July / August 2017 Personal Goals & Review 2 comments

Comparison is the Thief of Joy, but How Do You Stop? 2 comments

How to Listen to 100 Audiobooks a Year 2 comments

Understanding Your Asset Allocation with Spreadsheets and Personal Capital 2 comments

Earning Time 2 comments

Commitment Devices for Minimalism and Simple Living 2 comments

The Focused Investor 3: Enoch Omololu from Savvy New Canadians on Index Investing 2 comments

What Are You Accidentally Accumulating? 2 comments

Why I Don’t Care About Free Stock Trades (And You Shouldn’t Either) 4 comments

5 Steps to Change Your Default Consumption Behavior 2 comments

Be Mindful of False Productivity 2 comments

7 Features From Minafi v2 I’m Excited to Announce! 2 comments

Buffett’s 10/10/10 Rule For Making Financial Decisions 2 comments

Create a Consumption Ledger 2 comments

May Goals, Investments and Spending – Running, Hiking and Enjoying Time Outside 2 comments

December 2017 Goal Review: Minafi Content & Settling into Salt Lake City 2 comments

The Focused Investor 1: Alexander from Day Trading Z Robots vs. Human Traders 2 comments

My Personal Goals for Q2 2018 – Health, Growth and Creation 2 comments

The Bulletproof Strategy to Develop a Morning Ritual 2 comments

11 Mistakes Made By First-Time Investors 2 comments

Your House Doesn’t Count Towards the 4% Rule 2 comments

March 2018 Goals Review – Slow Movement 1 comment

My Personal Goals for Q3 2018 – Health, Book & Interactive Guide 1 comment

What’s a Moment Where You Felt The Most Euphoric? 1 comment

2010 Year in Review 1 comment

Minimal Hurricane Preparation 1 comment

Simplify Your Desktop with Bartender 1 comment

Do You Need Luck to Reach Financial Independence and Retire Early? 1 comment

The Focused Investor 2: OthalaFehu on Preparing for the Worst with Precious Metals 1 comment

Minafi 2018 Q4 Winter Investment Report 1 comment

Why You Think in the Mediums Of Your Message 1 comment

Which Investment Accounts Should I Use? 1 comment

Tracking & Forecasting Expenses with Mint, Todoist and Google Sheets 1 comment

Work Optional Book Review: An Actionable Guide to Living Your Best Life 2 comments

An Interactive Guide to Portfolio Diversification 1 comment

Introducing the Minafi Salt Lake City Early Retirement Community! 1 comment

The Focused Investor 4 – Lily from Merry For Money on Confident Investing 1 comment

The Burden of Now 1 comment

Mutual Funds vs ETFs: What’s the Difference Between Them? 1 comment

How I Learned to be Less Critical of Others 1 comment

If You Want to Reach Your Goals, Track Your Activities 1 comment

Make Fewer Choices with Decision Minimalism 0 comments

How I’m Setting Goals During Early Retirement 0 comments

Newspaper Mindfulness Exercise 0 comments

How I Ended Up (And Stayed) at Code School 0 comments

Handling Blame 0 comments

What’s Your Weekly Spending Distribution? 0 comments

February 2018 Goals Review – Use Everything 0 comments

Want Streaks 0 comments

What is Financial Independence? 0 comments

When Pursuing Early Retirement, You Must Be Armed With a Bag of Whys 0 comments

Why Should I Invest Now? — How To Be Brave & Start Investing 0 comments

My Top 10 Favorite Posts on Minafi from 2017 0 comments

Improve Your Focus By Setting Monthly Goals 0 comments

June 2017: Monthly Goal Review 0 comments

Avoiding the Lifestyle Inflation Trap 0 comments

January 2018 Goals Review – Minimal Investor Course Update 0 comments

Minimalist are not Nomads, but Nomads are Minimalists 0 comments

Foregoing Cultural Cognizance 0 comments

The 6 People Who Inspire Me The Most 0 comments

Why Write An Interactive Guide to FIRE? 0 comments

How to Declutter: My Uncluttering Manifesto 0 comments

Novelty 0 comments

Seeking Mentors 0 comments

What is Your Personal Mission? 0 comments

August / September 2017 Personal Goals & Review 0 comments

Exponential Growth Calculator [solve for any variable] 0 comments

Minimalism is Learning to Accept Losses 0 comments

Mastery is a Trap 0 comments

2013 Year In Review 0 comments

The Only Piece of Luggage You Need 0 comments

The Rule of 72 Calculator: How to Perform Compound Interest Calculations In Your Head 0 comments

Living for Tomorrow vs Living for Today 0 comments

Medium Journaling is Minimalism 1 comment

My 2016 Year in Review 0 comments

Practice Poverty 0 comments

2015 Year In Review 0 comments

Financial Freedom Book Review – A Guide to Retiring Early 0 comments

2014 Year In Review 0 comments

Prevent Your Investments from Theft! Secure Your Vanguard Account with Yubikeys and Google Voice 0 comments

2012 Year in Review 0 comments

2011 Year in Review 0 comments

July 2017: Monthly Goals 0 comments

Write Your ‘Year in Review’ Post Now 0 comments

Investment Literacy: Understanding the Basic Concepts 0 comments