1000 Posts

One thousand of anything is a lot.  One thousand dollars is a significant amount of money while one thousand books is a fairly good home library.  Well today is a little post about the fact this blog just passed its 1000th post this week.

In some regards I have trouble realizing that I’ve been writing on this blog that long, but then again this blog’s fourth birthday is coming up in just a few weeks (don’t worry there will be a birthday giveaway, I’m just trying to nail down one of the prizes).  Yet the math makes sense that I’ve been posting five days a week for most of those years (52 weeks x 5 days x 4 years = 1040).

I would like to take the time to thank the other writers on this blog, Robert and Dave, for contributing to the blog.  Without their help I’m not sure I would still be here today typing away at more posts.  I also want to thank you the readers for making this amazing experience.  I have laughed, got mad, been happy for and argued with you and your comments.  Without that I don’t think I would still be doing this, so thank you for your support.

Thanks again everyone,


9 thoughts on “1000 Posts”

  1. Congratulations on the milestone, Tim!

    I’ve been a lurker for a couple of years and have commented only once (on your $25 challenge). But, I have enjoyed the posts and, more recently, the different perspectives brought to the fore by Robert and Dave has added to the learning experience.

    Thanks to the three of you and I hope to continue to gain from your writing.

  2. I have to express my thanks for this blog as well. Though I rarely emerge from lurk mode, I read the blog every day, without fail. It was this blog that started me on the path to ER. It had never crossed my mind as a concept before accidently stumbling upon this site… reading the great posts by Tim and his other contributors has me convinced I can ER at 45 at the latest… with some luck perhaps a few years sooner.

    Again, wonderful blog…

  3. hi tim, my husband and i are 70 and 73. we retired at 45. and we are immigrants who never asked canada for anything. we have 3 kids. we still live a rich full life . we live in toronto and go to thailand for 4 winter months. we do this by being frugal ( we still are) and deciding what we want out of life. we want for nothing. so you go or it, it is so worth it!!! big trophies are such a sham. penny lyn

  4. Thanks for the kind words everyone. It’s nice to hear that some of you like the blog.

    Penny Lyn,

    Thanks for sharing it is great to hear that other people have managed to achieve their dreams. Sounds like you have a great life. Enjoy!


  5. Tim –
    Thanks for your posts, I have just started reading you recently due to your articles in the Toronto Star.
    It surprises me that so many people seem to be vehemently “against” your plan. What is it to them? I understand your overall goal is to live frugally so that you can retire early. If things change from what you currently plan for, maybe it means that you retire at 50 instead of 45 … so what, you have still won!
    My husband and I live in Toronto and we live very similar to you. We chose to live in a house that cost us $350,000 instead of $600,000 … which means that we will be paying it off in 8 years total (next year, yay!) instead of 20 or 25. Our combined after-tax income is about $70,000, from this we put $40,000 against our mortgage each year and about $5,000 in household upgrades (not a new sexy kitchen but basic stuff like roof, furnace, insulation, etc.) THis means that we live (quite happily) off $25,000/year for food, bills, entertainment etc. (We don’t own a car). We could retire in about 10 years if we choose. We might not choose to retire, maybe work reduced hours … but at least we won’t have leg irons tying us to our work. Currently, our plan is to take a year off from work (in 3 years) and travel.
    The point is that our frugal living allows us to live the life we want and not be tied to working to pay off mortgage, cable bills, fancy lifestyle etc.
    Thanks again!

  6. ohh to be retired at 45, a dream come true to some. I would spend time with my kids, and eat healthy food, – help my wife out.

  7. Heather,

    I agree the ‘against’ crowd over at Moneyville is very angry over it all. I was talking about the issue with my mother over the weekend (see has been reading the stories) and she had an interesting theory on that. They aren’t really made at me. They are mad at themselves and venting on me since I represent something that never occurred to them. I have no idea if she is right, but it did have a ring of truth to it.

    I like your plan. You are similar to me in the regards the ‘retire early’ thing is nice, but what I’m really after in life if some extra flexibility. Working less and slipping into semi-retirement could also work well. The fun is you can pick what you want to do when you get there.


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