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Free at 45 – Book Review and Giveaway

freeat45Timothy Stobbs, the author of the book Free at 45 – How to Retire Early and Happy (link), may be better known to you as the blogger behind Canadian Dream – Free at 45.  Tim recently completed his book project and contacted me to help spread the word with a review.  I must admit that I’m always impressed by bloggers who have time for a full time job, a full time blog, kids AND a book.  Personally, I have no idea how I would find time to write a book with my current obligations, so before I start the review I’d like to extend a congratulations to Tim!

As I’ve been following Tim’s journey since he started his blog (around the same time as MDJ) I must admit that I was eager to dig into his latest creation.  The book, as the title suggests, gives advice on the steps required to achieve early retirement, but more importantly, how to do so happily.  You might expect that a personal finance blogger would write a book on early retirement completely based on numbers, how much to save etc, but this book includes refreshing perspective of the psychological aspects of retirement.

About the Author

In addition to the previously mentioned details about the author, here is what the book says:

Tim Stobbs is a personal finance writer who has written for the Toronto Star and the popular blog “Canadian Dream: Free at 45”.  Tim’s straightforward approach to happiness and finances has resulted in interviews with The National Post, The Globe & Mail and CBC Radio’s “The Current”.  He lives in Regina, SK.

About the Book

The book overall is a great resource for those considering retirement, whether it’s early or not.  Tim’s beliefs about personal finance and retirement align with much of my own, which is perhaps why I found the book to be such an easy read.  What topics are covered?  Out of the numerous chapters, it appears that the book has three main themes:

1. Retirement Psychology

  • Why do you want to retire?
  • Finding Happiness
  • Where’s the Money Going Now?
  • Are we Happy Now?
  • Changing the View of Your Job and Working After Retirement
  • Learning the Art of Leisure

2. The Money

  • Finding the Money
  • Compound Savings
  • Free Money
  • Inflation
  • RRSPs, TFSAs and Taxable Accounts

3. Moving Forward

  • Living and Dying
  • Pulling the Numbers Together
  • Safety is a Very Expensive Illusion
  • The Backup Plan
  • When to Pull the Plug
  • The Day after Tomorrow
  • Going to Extremes

Want a Free Copy?

The author is offering Million Dollar Journey readers the chance to win a free copy of the book.  The details are below:

  1. Tell me about your retirement plans (age, nest egg amount etc) by clicking here. (+1 entry)
  2. Follow me on twitter (+1 entry)
  • Only one comment entry per person (valid email addresses only please – privacy policy).
  • Contest will end Sat 5pm EST April 23, 2011 and the winner, drawn randomly, will be contacted shortly after!
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FT About the author: FT is the founder and editor of Million Dollar Journey (est. 2006). Through various financial strategies outlined on this site, he grew his net worth from $200,000 in 2006 to $1,000,000 by 2014. You can read more about him here.

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  • Avatar Terry April 18, 2011, 10:19 am

    Just under 40. $250k in savings/retirement. No liabilities. Either retiring early or creating new employment with less stress/responsibility. Like to have the choice at 50 to continue or not.

  • Avatar RI April 18, 2011, 10:21 am

    Maximizing TFSA and wish can do more later.

  • Avatar Sampson April 18, 2011, 10:28 am

    45-47 yrs old.
    $2M in investable assets + paid off rental + paid of primary residence.

    I think I’m starting to think that going back to school and getting a PhD would be fun. Being a student again, but having enough money to not live like one.

  • Avatar Mitchell April 18, 2011, 10:28 am

    36, just over $400K in assets. Mtg should be retired in 6 years. Looking to retire from the rat race and work for myself. The latter being an option if I can successfully transition to this sooner.

  • Avatar Brian C April 18, 2011, 10:37 am

    34, ~300k net assets. Mtg < 50k left and hoping to retire early and going back to school and take lessons. Music lessons, woodworking, leisure sports..doing things that extends your life and make it happier too..

  • Avatar Ramona April 18, 2011, 10:37 am

    Late to the game. Hope to retire at 57. Mortgage paid off later this year – yahoo! Follow Tim’s blog too and would love to win his book.

  • Avatar Mark April 18, 2011, 10:45 am

    I am 23 years old at the moment and hope to retire by 55 at the latest but hopefully much sooner. Still a student (graduating next year to be an Engi) so its a long ways away but currently have 10k+ invested in a TFSA using a modified couch potato strategy. I would need to have 2 million in today’s dollar before I figure I am able to retire.

    Clearly a retirement book that aims to layout the plans to retire at 45 is much more suited for a young person like myself :D.

  • Avatar telefantastik April 18, 2011, 11:11 am

    Sign me up! :)
    Hope to retire around 50, with enough assets to match today’s expenses, after inflation, at the 4% withdrawal rule.

  • Avatar Dan April 18, 2011, 11:14 am

    currently 27, goal is to go into a semi retirement at 50, at which point i would like to open up a small cafe. Returing permenatetly at 50 doesn`t have a strong appeal to me as i dont know what i would do the rest of my life! I`d require about 2.3 million in today`s money to accomplish my goals comfortably.

  • Avatar Amy April 18, 2011, 11:20 am

    I am 28. My goal is to retire no later than 50, earlier is better. So far I have a net worth of 200K with 50K in my RRSP/TFSA.

  • Avatar Echo April 18, 2011, 11:25 am

    Congrats to Tim, like you said it’s a great achievement to be able to manage a career, a blog, and write a book while raising a family.

    I haven’t really figured out a retirement age yet, but I would say 55 is the latest that I would like to get out of the rat race. Not sure what kind of portfolio size I would need but I have been loading up on dividend growth stocks and hope to live off the dividends in retirement.

  • Avatar Colin April 18, 2011, 11:27 am

    Hope to retire at 55 and do some travelling.

  • Avatar Dustin April 18, 2011, 11:47 am

    I plan to retire at 60 around 70k annual salary.

  • Avatar Rita Sharma April 18, 2011, 11:53 am

    I am 59, have aa successful accounting practice (since 1991), need information for retirement

  • Avatar Mike April 18, 2011, 11:57 am

    I’m 26, with only about 15K net worth. As my wife is currently on mat. leave we’re working to save as much as possible until she’s back to work. Once she’s back to work we’re going to start saving as much as humanly possible in order to invest in our future. We don’t have a set retirement age yet, but we know were want to be comfortable enough to slow down by the time our first child turns 20 (age 46ish).

  • Avatar Sean April 18, 2011, 11:57 am

    I don’t think I’ll ever fully retire, but certainly semi-retire around 60. My work already affords me 6 months of the year off & we do lots of RV’ing, so I’m in no big rush to “slow down”

  • Avatar Frank April 18, 2011, 11:57 am

    Have retired (@ 53) and its great! – have assets to generate ~$65K per annum from passive investments – no outstanding liabilities

  • Avatar Barry April 18, 2011, 11:58 am

    started to index early at 28 and am now just looking to gain as much knowledge as possible.

  • Avatar Jon April 18, 2011, 11:58 am

    Just turned 34 yrs old. Net worth is about 450k.

    I plan to retire at age 56. (Hopefully – when my Defined Benefit Pension Plan kicks in, and kids have finished post secondary education).

    The plan would also be to sell my rental properties at that time as well, and travel a lot, and spend time at my cottage.

  • Avatar Geoff April 18, 2011, 11:59 am

    Just about 35 and “starting over” retirement planning in a way (changes in life sometimes mean changes in plans). The intention is to balance debt elimination and investing while raising a young family in our first home. Starting a business is always on the horizon, but a solid career/job keeps things stable for now. The detailed plan is perpetually in the works… and the first step is to become more financially literate. Hence, I started following MDJ and other great resources. Tim’s book looks excellent and will likely end up in my hands – free or not (fingers crossed for free!).

  • Avatar Peter Connor April 18, 2011, 12:02 pm

    Peter C

    45 now!

    Lots of debt getting my wife’s well paying job up and running.

    Little equity in principal residence and vacation property.

    75000 invested in stock market
    Plan to retire at 57, to continue trading and perhaps start a life-coaching
    Business among other ideas!

  • Avatar Chao April 18, 2011, 12:03 pm

    Im 28, accumulated little bit over 400k asset from last 9 years, I started working since 19. my investment paying me around 2k per month right now. (dividends, interest, business income). I would like to quit my full time job this year.

  • Avatar Sarah in Ottawa April 18, 2011, 12:07 pm

    I’m 33, my husband is 35. Our net worth is nearly 700k, with under 30k left on the mortgage. My RRSP is maxed out, as are our TFSAs. We both have pensions (mine is a defined benefit). We’d like to retire before 60.

  • Avatar Sarah in Ottawa April 18, 2011, 12:07 pm

    I also follow you on Twitter (@smacdo03)

  • Avatar Vanda Orsini April 18, 2011, 12:10 pm

    I am 55 and starting a new business, which has been my dream. I don’t see retirement in my horizon any time soon. I would love to win this book.

    Cheers, V.

  • Avatar Luc April 18, 2011, 12:12 pm

    Just turn 34 and It s the first time I set a number for my retirement 7 millions at 60 already 1.2 millions in asset. So I could do it.

  • Avatar Joel April 18, 2011, 12:13 pm

    I plan on retiring at ~58 with around75k annual salary

  • Avatar Jason April 18, 2011, 12:14 pm

    Love Tom’s blog, its a must read for those wanting to retire early. I am currently 29 and plan to retire by 45 living comfortable and debt free.

  • Avatar Aaron April 18, 2011, 12:21 pm

    I am 32 and just starting a family. Our plan is to aim for early 50’s with a 100g / yr income supporting our travel habits. Currently, I am actively accumulating passive income sources (rentals, dividend payers, side contracts) as well as a small portion of the portfolio dedicated to high risk / high return stocks.

    Our goal is to skimp and save where we can, but be very careful not to short change ourselves on family fun at anytime throughout our lives.


  • Avatar Digger April 18, 2011, 12:23 pm

    Max out the TFSA and find good dividend paying stocks.

  • Avatar cannon_fodder April 18, 2011, 12:27 pm

    Looking to retire within the next 12 months – a milestone which has greatly accelerated in the past 2 years. Will still have a few years before I hit 50 and, hopefully, continued good health to enjoy it.

    Almost $2M NW, with only our Smith Manoeuvre HELOC as debt. Currently refining an investment strategy which should provide $250k+ in annual income. I’m excited about the prospect of filling each day with activities that I want to do, rather than need to do.

  • Avatar Daryl April 18, 2011, 12:29 pm

    25 with nothing really saved for a nest egg yet. Just trying to pay off debt for now.

  • Avatar Lorenz April 18, 2011, 12:47 pm

    Don’t think I’ll ever really retire, but what I’d like is the freedom to pursue whatever endeavor that interests me without worrying about long-term financial consequences. $1Million 15 years from now ought to do it, currently have $300k in assets.

  • Avatar Asher April 18, 2011, 1:01 pm

    $35K saved for retirement.

    DRIPPING, maximizing RRSPs, paying off debt quickly.

  • Avatar Lyne April 18, 2011, 1:02 pm

    Now almost 42, and planning for retirement at 57, but some health issues might cause a reevaluation. In the last 2 years, converted everything from expensive mutual funds to ETFs and now concentrating on maximizing savings.

  • Avatar Steve Zussino April 18, 2011, 1:03 pm

    I would love to retire around 50 – not set number – depends on health, family and so many other factors.

    Everyone’s “Number” always changes.

    The only strange part I saw from the book is that the author is not retired yet.

    That is like me publishing a “Millionaire Journey” book with me only having $100 in my chequing account. It seems premature.

  • Avatar Heather April 18, 2011, 1:08 pm

    I hope to retire between 65 and 70 – even though I am well on my way to retirement savings, I would prefer to estimate very conservatively, and if I can retire earlier, it will be a happy surprise!

  • Avatar nobleea April 18, 2011, 1:09 pm

    would like to retire somewhere in the 50-55 range. that’s 20 years away. plan on traveling a lot after 55, so retirement income will probably be high. maybe 70-80K in today’s dollars, dropping off as we get less adventurous and mobile.

  • Avatar Sam April 18, 2011, 1:22 pm

    I am not looking for retiring early as much as living confortabbly. I am 34 making 65K a year (recent job) and have lots of debts on shoulder amounts to 65 K that includes ( Car Loan, Credit Cards, and Student Loan). I cashed out my RRSP’s because I didnt have a steady source of income for a year.

  • Avatar no_more_ratrace April 18, 2011, 1:31 pm

    Currently 26 years old. I would like reach financial freedom for required expenses (food, transportation, housing expenses) somewhere between age 35-40, with no mortgage. This depends greatly on my execution of alternative income streams. After reaching financial freedom, I plan to take some time off and pursue personal endeavours which would produce a modest income for play money.

    I plan on gobbling up dividend paying large caps during economic downturns, as well as purchasing rental properties.

  • Avatar Judy April 18, 2011, 1:32 pm

    I would like to semi-retire at 55. Maybe do some bookkeeping from home to keep my hand in it and keep my mind acitve. Hoping that $300,000 by then, with no debt, dividends/interest and the sideline income will be enough.

    Got started late, but would love to read the book.

  • Avatar Peter April 18, 2011, 1:38 pm

    trying to keep up with my TFSA

  • Avatar Brad April 18, 2011, 1:46 pm

    39 with wife and 2 kids and debt-free for 4 years. On track for freedom 45 but left lucrative (but boring) contract to focus on building own corporation. Haven’t made millions yet but the dream is still alive – however dipping into savings to supplement low “start-up” revenues.

  • Avatar Karl April 18, 2011, 2:34 pm

    I’ve recently been reading Early Retirement Extreme and Your Money or Your Life. Both great books that have me wanting to start saving a high % of income and putting it towards dividend paying stocks and start working towards the point where investment income = monthly expenses. It will be a long road but at 26 I think I can retire far earlier than a ‘normal’ retirement strategy.

  • Avatar Jeff G April 18, 2011, 2:49 pm

    Age 35 with wife and 3 kids. Debt-free, with RRSPs and TFSAs maxed out. Also have 10 years served towards a defined benefit pension. Plan on retiring at age 55.

  • Avatar Curt April 18, 2011, 2:49 pm

    Have always talked about retiring early but never given it much thought on exact age until more recently. I am 30 now and aiming for 45 at latest, have rental properties and 100K in RRSP’s. Still plan to work part time if i want once i retire but may not

  • Avatar Erin B April 18, 2011, 2:54 pm

    31 year old professional female. $200k in savings/retirement. No debt, no mortgage. Currently working a well paying job I hate. I want to be financially secure enough that I can follow other (most likely less well paying) employment dreams.

  • Avatar Jimmy April 18, 2011, 2:54 pm

    Currently 30 and plan to be semi-retired by 50, fully by 55. Currently have a net worth of about 100K.

  • Avatar Vips April 18, 2011, 2:56 pm

    Almost touching 40…assets 300k, hoping to semi-retire by 50….might go for an MBA/MS or phd after that to relive the student life:)

  • Avatar Neeraj April 18, 2011, 3:13 pm

    34 yrs, 150k in assets. Hope to retire at 60.

  • Avatar Chris April 18, 2011, 3:16 pm

    Sign me up for the giveaway. I’m only 32, so I’m planning on maximizing my 18% RRSP and 5K TFSA each year and hope that it’ll be enough when I get there! Too many variables for now…

  • Avatar Leroy April 18, 2011, 3:50 pm

    I am 25, $2,300 in a TFSA. Want to move to partial retirement around 45 and run my own pizza shop. Currently 100% stocks.

  • Avatar Big E April 18, 2011, 4:12 pm

    37, married with 2 younguns. Net worth of about $600K, and hope to retire at 55 with about $2 mil.

  • Avatar SavingMentor April 18, 2011, 4:27 pm

    Wow the asset numbers in this thread are staggering – even for the younger folks! I’m turning 30 in a month and have no set date for retirement. I think this would be a good book to get me thinking about it more and then maybe I would set a date.

  • Avatar Mark April 18, 2011, 4:34 pm

    Late thirties. Current plan is to maximize return by 100% in stocks.

  • Avatar Cori April 18, 2011, 4:42 pm

    Planning to change my lifestyle by 50 to allow for greater freedom …. but not interested in traditional ‘retirement’ for a long time.

  • Avatar Mike April 18, 2011, 5:00 pm

    In my 30’s and would like to go part-time by 45. Currently on track with 10% of my pay going to savings. It helps that my pension at work matches the 4% I contribute.

  • Avatar Jon April 18, 2011, 5:21 pm

    Late 20s. No debt. If my retirement savings allow, hoping to retire from my profession by 50 to work in the non profit sector, or to at least have the choice to do so. Goal is to save (together with wife) about $100k every year for the next 20 years.

  • Avatar ldk April 18, 2011, 5:24 pm

    Husband and I; both 40/debt and mortgage free/business owners with $1.8mil in net worth. 2 kids (23 and 17)…1 already out of the house and the second off to school next year.
    We’re not sure what to do next! :)

    Sign me up for TIm’s book giveaway!! Thanks~

  • Avatar SophieW April 18, 2011, 5:34 pm

    Plan to ‘retire’ from the military in 4 years at 43. Will have immediate pension plus intend to ‘work’ at my new passion which is helping other people sort out their money issues. Don’t know if that will bring in much money, but the pension more than covers all the bills, so it will be used for investing for the ‘real retirement’ when I don’t want to do anything any more, as well as some play money too :)

  • Avatar Lisa April 18, 2011, 5:45 pm

    I am 37 and hope to retire at 55….maximizing our TFSA’s and paying down our mortgage and be debt free to travel etc. Working our way to 1 million of net worth, about half way there. Thanks.

  • Avatar Rick April 18, 2011, 6:02 pm

    Retired at 60, I have found that it is possible to live quite comfortable
    with spouse with a combined income of 45K. If possible defer pension income until age 71 at which time there will be taxes to pay ; however at 45k there is little income tax to pay if you have a good chunk in dividend income and take advantage of income splitting. I find not enough is
    written about deferring pension income until age 71 .

  • Avatar Jungle April 18, 2011, 6:06 pm

    I want to retire at age 40 with a nest egg of 1 million in stocks that pay income, no debt.

    I know this is a tough goal, but it has been a dream of mine. I think once we start a family, we will not be able to reach this goal, unless one of us gets an increase in salary.


  • Avatar Jeff April 18, 2011, 6:07 pm

    Aged 57. Semi retired and will continue to part time work until it gets boring.

  • Avatar StephR April 18, 2011, 6:13 pm

    I have all of $4000 in an RRSP and it keeps me up at night. I need the book!

  • Avatar Richard April 18, 2011, 6:20 pm

    I plan to retire at 55 with $2M nestegg!

  • Avatar Gerard April 18, 2011, 6:39 pm

    51 years old. Only five years into a high-paying job (with decent pension) after a mid-life return to school and career change. My retirement plan is that I’m so used to living on almost nothing that once I’ve paid off my current debts (mortgage, student loan) I’ll have much more than I need. And my pension is indexed.

  • Avatar Jack April 18, 2011, 6:44 pm

    Retired at 58. 400k assets, own condo, 6600 company pension with good medical benefits, will take early CPP. Being single have many options.

  • Avatar 20 and Engaged April 18, 2011, 7:06 pm

    Sounds like a great book. My plan is to retire no later than 60. I plan on starting the savings process next year, when I have additional income to actually save.

  • Avatar Richard April 18, 2011, 8:28 pm

    I am 51, and plan to retire at 65. 350K NW. I started saving late but catching up slowly. I can use some smart ideas with my plan and hopefully that book is what I hope it is.

  • Avatar AL April 18, 2011, 8:58 pm

    I am maxing on RRSP’s and TFSA

  • Avatar Summer of C April 18, 2011, 9:08 pm

    Married, 36 years old, 2 kids. $630K net worth. Will be mortgage free this year. The plan for both of us is to maximize TFSA’s RRSP’s, RESP’s and retire at 50, maybe earlier if the right part-time opportunity comes along.

  • Avatar Peter.I April 18, 2011, 9:23 pm

    I am 65…hey I thought I would be retired by now!!! still sluging away. The way I figure is that for every year I work…one less year to spend. Have about $600K plus equity in house. Even though I like my job I would rather be spending more time on my boat, travelling and cycling.

  • Avatar Marina April 18, 2011, 10:33 pm

    I’m 43 and plan to retire by 50, maybe work part-time past that. Have two rental properties with total mortgage of $7K left, will be paid off this year. RRSP and TSFA are maxed out.

  • Avatar Dee April 18, 2011, 10:36 pm

    I’m 36. I’m a public servant so if I just chug along for the next 20-some-odd years to get to 30 years of service, I should be golden and have a nice retirement just before age 60. But I’m looking into alternative possibilities that would have me retiring as early as possible so that any paid work I do is based on choice and preferences rather than need. I’ve gotten rid of consumer debt and am now just starting saving and investing.

  • Avatar Chris April 18, 2011, 11:02 pm

    I’m 27, and had started my retirement plan by investing 10k in mutual funds. I then realized that I took a great interest in investment properties, and stopped investing in my RRSPs. I’ve decided that investment properties are going to be my new RSP, currently I have two, both purchased with 20% down. I am using the extra income to pay down interest, that can later be used to leverage a third property. If I keep doing this for the next 15-20 years, I should have enough revenue generating properties to be financially independent.

  • Avatar Michael April 18, 2011, 11:20 pm

    Hi, I am 20, and studying in university. I chose the coop option to come out of university with little to no debt. Yes I do graduate a year later, but will have 2 years of relevant experience with me.
    Currently I am making the most of governmental loans (tax free) by investing them in capital-guaranteed options. My goal is by the age of 50 to have a net worth equivalent to 1000oz of gold.

  • Avatar Jan April 18, 2011, 11:58 pm

    Over 50, retiring in 6 years, pension, and RRSP of $250,000. House paid off next year. Four kids who have finished multiple University degrees (paid) and 2 weddings contribution to expense, 2 more weddings to go. Spouse with a good pension retiring in 2 years.

  • Avatar Hard working gal April 19, 2011, 12:15 am

    28 with approx. 30k in RRSP & TFSA. Working hard to hopefully retire by 55. Trying hard to max out RRSP & TFSA but recently learned working hard might not guarantee an early retirement. Now the focus is on how to manage my finance so I can have the money working for me.

  • Avatar Vincent Li April 19, 2011, 12:33 am

    Looking at the free at 45 thing myself. Want to do it through real estate. I think between 10 and 15 doors cashflowing $700 each would do it. Currently 32 with 2 income properties… I’ll have to start learning how to get JV Partners soon I think.

  • Avatar Imad April 19, 2011, 1:34 am

    Currently have 3k$ in rrsp – I am still 21 yrs old and a student so I am trying to maximize my tfsa which will be used for downpayment towards my house. I do put around 1k/; year towards my rrsp.

  • Avatar Greg April 19, 2011, 1:46 am

    I’m 45, 230K in RRSPs, 1.5 rental properties. I’d like to retire at 60, but I really don’t have a plan. I guess a trip to a financial planner is in order.

  • Avatar Be'en April 19, 2011, 3:41 am

    Want to retire by 60…

  • Avatar Alex Hung April 19, 2011, 5:24 am

    Thanks for all the details mentioned and it’s also interesting to see so many people expressing their plans about retirement. Very informative!

  • Avatar Ian Ferguson April 19, 2011, 6:25 am

    Just want to be at peace with myself with sufficient funds to provide harmony and serenity for the balance of my life.

  • Avatar Liana April 19, 2011, 8:53 am

    I’m over 65 and cannot afford to retire as I still have a mortgage of almost 200K.
    I am looking forward to partial retirement very much and would like to begin doing a Ph.D. that I put off 30 years ago. Otherwise, I hope to have enough money to live without much anxiety with those I love.

  • Avatar sara April 19, 2011, 9:13 am

    Freedom 55! That’s the plan! I still intend to work on a part-time basis because I just absolutely love what I do. But I want to be able to travel more and give back to my community and charity causes close to my heart (things we just don’t have the time to do when we are working)

    So…Freedom 55, here I come (well, in 20 years!)

  • Avatar Zee April 19, 2011, 11:11 am

    36 – plan to retire at 55, work part-time. hope to travel and play more golf

  • Avatar Judy April 19, 2011, 11:23 am

    Plan is to be gone from work Oct 2012, that is next year after my 55th birthday! Fear – of not enough $ with too much time…..Always like to read other’s take on retirement. Education is wealth.

  • Avatar Steve April 19, 2011, 11:46 am

    Age 40 with wife and two young kids. Debt free and no mortgage. Net worth of about $600K including the house. Would love to read about Tim’s journey as his goal of freedom 45 is very similar to mine.

  • Avatar Caitlin April 19, 2011, 12:09 pm

    29 – Still paying off debt, I have a too-big mortgage and a too-small RRSP. I really need that book!

    Following you on twitter (@caitlinthompson)

  • Avatar Mick April 19, 2011, 1:31 pm

    -Location: Quebec (Worst province for taxes, btw :S )
    -Age : 25 (still living with folks, so more money in the bank :) )
    -Sex: Male
    -Social Class: Middle (but I look poor lol, really frugal)
    -Job: Hate it, but the money is great!
    -TFSA: 12,500$ (100% Stock/Avg. Dividend 6%)
    -Investment Accounts: 434,000$ (100% Stock/Avg. Dividend 6%)
    -Registered/Retirement Investment Account: 42,000$? (100% Stock/Avg. Dividend 6%)
    -Bank/Savings: 7,000$
    -Bank/Chequin: 3,000$
    -No Debt (Thanks Mom, Dad)

    Currently lost about school right now (doing a bit of everything right now)…will eventually finish school to get a PhD in psychology (have the bachelor already).
    My plan: Semi-retirement at 35, move to Fredericton, build a mansion, work has a psychologist part-time, and sleeeeep….GOD knows I need it!!! (been working & going to school since 16 :P )

    Best luck to all out there

  • Avatar E_B April 19, 2011, 1:53 pm

    Retire at 55
    No debt
    With enough investments to supply me with income of 40k a year

  • Avatar Tim April 19, 2011, 2:15 pm

    hoping to have re-careered in the golf industry by 2012 with an eye towards ownership in a small operation (TBD). I intend to be semi-retired by 45 (2 years) while owning a small business and taking the winters off. We will be mortgage free in 2 years or less. Will be building a home in NS in 4 years and plans to live “off the grid”. No need for great wealth, just enough to pay for bills and take a modest trip once per year.
    That being said, still have lots of work to do to put this plan into action but we are heading in the right direction. We have about $400K in savings/investments and significant inheritance $ sometime down the road.
    This book may just provide the added insight that we are looking for!

  • Avatar Emily April 19, 2011, 2:19 pm

    Retire at 47 with full pension and hope to have much more income to add to the travel fund etc. Would need to have the house paid off as well!

  • Avatar Dave April 19, 2011, 3:03 pm

    34 yrs old with net worth about 460k.

    Our debt consist of a huge mortgage from purchasing our first and current house at the all time high in 2008. We are however on track to pay it off by the end of 2014 (if we do not have another baby).

    Looking to retire at around 55 with roughly $3MM net worth. I will find out more in 10 years on whether we will require more due to inflation, etc.

    The most interesting thing I want to share with people in their 20’s is that my wife and mine combined net worth did not increase significantly until we got married. I wasn’t really efficient with saving money in my 20’s.

  • Avatar Chris April 19, 2011, 3:13 pm

    33, single. 115K in RRSP, 33K in defined contribution pension plan, 17K in TFSA, 25K in cash. My home is worth somewhere between 460-500K and I owe 340K on the mortgage. I just started a new business and hope to retire at 45.

  • Avatar Brian S April 19, 2011, 3:16 pm

    36 now, I’d like to “semi-retire” early – by 50, then work part-time in various businesses off-and-on until 75 (or sooner, as required).

  • Avatar JM April 19, 2011, 3:19 pm

    I’m 29 and plan to retire from a Company at 40 max. I would like to have something setup by that time where I can work a few hours a week when I choose and play sports the rest of the day and spend time with my kid(s).
    I would need about 1M stored away with my wife getting a gov pension.

  • Avatar Dutchie April 19, 2011, 3:22 pm

    Under 35 with my home almost paid for. Hope to max out TFSA this year. Networth is approx 150k. goal is 1 million without defined benefits.

  • Avatar rob April 19, 2011, 4:02 pm

    Almost 42. Would like to retire at 58 when youngest son turns 18.Would like something around $2 million net assets. Currently around $400,000 so is doable.

  • Avatar RL April 19, 2011, 4:17 pm

    Would like to retire by 50….45 would be better!

  • Avatar Neil April 19, 2011, 7:22 pm

    Rounding off 25. Finished school a year and a half ago. 7k in visa debt and 23k in student loan debt. Currently trying to pay down the visa debt as fast as possible while still putting $400/mo into TFSA & RRSP. Aiming to break even by the end of 2011. Trying to form up solid plans to retire between 50 and 55.

  • Avatar A.Rajah April 19, 2011, 8:55 pm

    Eager to read the book

  • Avatar Chris April 19, 2011, 9:05 pm

    My wife & I are 39 & 41 respectively. Around $950K NW ($550K house, no mortgage / $400K financial assets). No liabilities. I think (hope) 55 is the magic number, but it would be nice to get financial assets to $1.5M before committing to that plan!

  • Avatar Mike April 19, 2011, 10:10 pm

    37 – semi retired (doing a bit of consulting) – own several cash flow positive rental properties. The key to getting out of the rat race early is tax efficiency (RRSP, TFSA, Buiness income and write offs).

  • Avatar My University Money April 20, 2011, 12:07 am

    I’ve followed Tim’s blog for about a year now and would love to win the book.

    I’m a youngin at 23, and I hope to be working part time at 45 and completely out of the rat race by 55. I value my free time more than luxury goods!

  • Avatar iamphysio April 20, 2011, 12:11 am

    Looking to retire at 53 (Magic 80 Pension) with paid off mortgage and investment property.

  • Avatar Tom April 20, 2011, 2:06 am

    Want to retire at 55, with paid off mortgage and modest investment for rrsp

  • Avatar chad April 20, 2011, 3:33 am

    working for $12 like to retire at 55 no debt

    I sure like the no debt part

  • Avatar lilybeth April 20, 2011, 1:42 pm

    I put away rsps via mutual funds, tfsa for leisure. Hope to sell one of the houses and buy another to sell again before retiring is an added benefit. Retiring at 55 will give me more time to enjoy life Am heading towards 50 but that book will be a good piece of advice to my not so practical children.

  • Avatar Deepak April 20, 2011, 5:27 pm

    Just turned 32 yesterday!!! My wife is 33 and our daughter is 2.
    My gross yearly income > $100K (Salary 90K + 15K in rental income)
    Wife’s income = $0 (currently going to school to enhance her skill sets).
    Current asset = $300K, nothing in RRSP/TFSA.

    Our retirement plan:
    – Current age: Covered ourselves with critical+life insurance policy (to avoid higher premiums later)
    – By 40: Debt/mortgage free
    – Between 40-45: Save maximum (even if we have to go in hibernate mode :),
    – Between 47-48: Pay up any additional funds needed for our daughter’s higher eduction (already saving via RESP)
    – 49-50: Sell rental property
    – 50-52: Finally retire with $2.5M+ NW and a decent critical/life insurance policy :)

  • Avatar Thomas April 20, 2011, 10:51 pm

    Age 52, a bit over 500k, no debt or mortgage, retire 75.

  • Avatar UpTooLate April 20, 2011, 11:19 pm

    Almost 50, spouse 55. 4 children all approaching university but fully funded RESP. Mortgage free on primary and recreational residence with RRSP and TFSA maxed. Just working for the kids and grandkids now and feel like I may wrap it up any day now but probably will hang in for a couple more years before transitioning to something a bit less stressful – teaching. May decide to carry that on for years because it is very rewarding and will keep the mind moving. Planning lots of travel and overseas teaching before settling down.

  • Avatar Maso April 21, 2011, 2:22 am

    40, net worth approx $1.1M, no mortgage. 3 kids in elementary school. Would like freedom 55 and net worth of $2.5M, but it might be hard to walk away from well paying job at that age. Good at paying off debt, but need ideas for investing.

  • Avatar Amit April 21, 2011, 12:00 pm

    36 yrs old, wife 35 yrs old, net worth: $435K, mortgage: $442K, 2 kids, realistic goal for retirement: 65 yrs; optimistic goal: 50 yrs, hoping to have around a nest egg of $3-4 mil by the time we retire ($1.5 to 2 mil each). Also have an ambitious goal of owning 1 investment property every 5-7 years, so by the time we retire we will have around 3-5 properties that we can then sell in every 5-7 years after retirement to compensate for any investment/nest-egg losses or unexpected expenditures after retirement.

    @MDJ: I follow you already on twitter as bhattu1974.

  • Avatar Amiel B April 21, 2011, 4:26 pm

    Under 35. Begin to take control of my financial destiny, and be mortgage free by 45.

  • Avatar Gaurav April 21, 2011, 7:00 pm

    I want to retire early and enjoying going around the world.

  • Avatar Erick April 21, 2011, 7:15 pm

    Currently 42…shooting for semi-retirement by 45…full retirement by 50 with 1.7M in investments and zero debt.

  • Avatar I have a plan :) April 22, 2011, 9:40 am

    Age 38. Assets $850K+. $400K nest egg. No debt…own a home and vacation residence. Plan to retire at 48. Kids fully funded with RESP’s. Am a supersaver with over 50% of income going to savings.

  • Avatar My Own Advisor April 22, 2011, 10:54 am

    37, run my blog (My Own Advisor), work and want to live a full, vibrant and healthy life.

    I haven’t really determined my retirement age, but 55 sounds perfect. My goal by 50 is to have a paid off home and no debt. Currently working towards building a diverse and robust dividend-stock portfolio, a TFSA portfolio, and a RRSP portfolio made up of ~80% indexed products.

    Finally, congrats to Tim. A great achievement and an inspiration!

    Keep up the good work yourself MDJ!

  • Avatar Peggy April 22, 2011, 1:08 pm

    56 years old ~ 500K in RRSP, net equity outside RRSP ~450K – taking 6 months off next year to travel – plan to take 6 months off every 2 years until I get tired of working (I enjoy my career still)… Would like to go back to University as well as travel and write…

  • Avatar Steph April 22, 2011, 1:24 pm

    40, net worth 750K, 2 kids, mortgage paid off, hoping to retire by 60 and work on a few contracts to keep me busy…

    Hope to learn a few things from Tim’s book !

  • Avatar mom2two April 22, 2011, 3:36 pm

    32, married, with 2 kids under 6, plan to retire at 55-60 with 800K in investments/savings and no debt/mortgage. Defined Pension Plan will kick in at 57. Currently working hard at paying off our mortgage and maxing out our RRSP and RDSP contributions. Have saved approx. 20K each for kids education so far.

    Reading everyone’s comments is inspiring me to save even more!

  • Avatar Steve April 22, 2011, 4:57 pm

    51 years old. I started saving at 31 years old. At the time, I had $73.00 in a savings account and approximately 93K in debt. My motivation for starting to save was simple. I was laid off from my job. Currently I have $450K in RRSPs, 17K in TFSA, 700K in rental real estate, and 850K of investable money. Our princiapl residence is valued at 500K. No debt. I’m considering spending some money in early retirment, rather than leaving it all to our two adult children, or possibly my wife and what will be her new found and much younger male companion. Also, I’m too damn cheap to cough up the money for the book myself. :)

  • Avatar Diana April 22, 2011, 6:28 pm

    Too late for 45, but I read these columns with interest nevertheless. Currently going the TFSA route, with some slim RRSP savings and no mortgage or debt.

  • Avatar Marcel April 23, 2011, 1:05 am

    46, net worth 1M. Don’t know when I’ll retire. Would need 2-3 M to retire with current lifestyle. I actually really like my job!

  • Avatar Shaun Somers April 23, 2011, 2:36 am

    Retired (or have the option to retire, as I love my job currently) at age 50. I have no debt now other than a mortgage I want to be done with by age 45. For retirement, a combination of rental properties, a dividend-stock portfolio, TFSA and RRSP, combined with simple living.
    I fully intend to continue helping people get control of their personal finance and achieve financial peace, as I do now part-time. I doubt there will be any lack of people in need of such help twenty years from now (unfortunately).

  • Avatar Ping April 23, 2011, 12:42 pm

    age 42, 1.5million net worth. Will retire at 55 b/c I want my pension and medical/dental benefits. max out on TFSA. No room for RRSP b./c it went to the pension plan. Just hope I live long enough to enjoy it. People are dying off all around me.

  • Avatar c. April 24, 2011, 10:57 pm

    Age 45,retired ,”freedom 42!”.My hubby still works,47,but only 6 months of the year.NO mortgage,paid a couple of years ago.We paid $120,000 off as quick as humanly possible:6 yrs.Maxed out rrsp cont.Lived below our means.Just got back from down south.Been spending winter there last few years,4 months.One teenager.Mixed bag of investments.Self taught in stock market.Avid reader.Husband makes less than $100,000.Not what you make…it’s what you SPEND.AS our friends say…we are living the dream.

  • Avatar EJR April 27, 2011, 5:21 pm

    39, married with 2 elementary school kids. $1.6M portfolio plus a principal residence worth $500K. We have been debt free for 8 years. Would like to retire in 4 years at age 43 with $2.5M portfolio. Portfolio has a yield of about 2.5%, want to bump that up to around 3.5%.

  • Avatar J April 28, 2011, 1:37 pm

    Age 35, Family of 4 (me,wife, 2 children aged 8 and 10). I work full time, wife is part time.
    Planning for early retirement. Exact age not yet set, but at latest 55, with the options open for earlier. 50 sounds good.
    Maxed out RSP, TFSA, RESP
    Mortgage/Loans to be done in 5-10 years
    Living frugal, keep expenses low, and continue with steady debt repayment.
    We work/live/play all in the same town to keep transportation to a minimum.
    Spend less than you make… <50% !

  • Avatar Kurtis February 9, 2014, 2:12 pm

    31, both my wife and I have pensions which kick in at 55, but neither of us plan on working that long. knowledge is power, read and learn with every opportunity, learn what others have done and found to work. many millionaires live well below their means, its not always what you make but what you dont spend – live simply, small house but its enough, live a little further away from a major employer, bit more of a commute but housing prices are less than half. Entrepreneur on the side, take advantage of all available tax deductions and options available, part of what you dont spend is only giving the gov’t what you really need to. Opted to focus on TFSAs instead of RRSPs for now as income after retirement will likely be higher and taxed heavier.

  • Avatar SST February 9, 2014, 8:31 pm

    One thing I find incredibly absurd is how vast swaths of (educated!) people enter the work force with the dream of leaving it as soon as possible. Bizarre.

    The first chapter in this book is “Why Do You Want to Retire?”
    Perhaps before that people need to ask, “Why Do You Want to Work?”.

    If the answer is “just for the money so you can retire as fast as possible”, then simply choose the career/job that doles out the greatest amount of money. Anything else is the wrong choice. If you are working just for the money, it doesn’t matter what you do, right?

    Instead of struggling to fight your way out of a position in which you don’t want to be, in hopes of entering incredibly rare air space (millionairedom), why not start off doing something you truly want and work as hard at that as you do at escape?

    That plan would involve far greater, prolonged, and diverse wealth to all.

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