Author: Retire Early Helen

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Wait, think, and wait before the buy

You can see that, I’m an introvert.  I like to think.  Sometimes probably I think too much.  Many years ago, one of my coworkers was joking about me.  He said: “if you ask Helen what she likes to drink, she would say “Let me think about it””. Today, I like to talk about wait, think, and wait, before you make the purchase decision.  Here I’m mainly referring to...

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Coming to America

Have you seen the movie “Coming to America” starring Eddie Murphy, Arsenio Hall, and James Earl Jones?  I love that movie.  The three stars are fabulous and hilarious.  My favorite quote is: “Good morning, my neighbors!” by Prince Akeem (Eddie Murphy). This summer marks my 22nd year in America.  In 1996 at the age of 30, I left Beijing, and flew to the Cleveland airport alone, with two...

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Take care of yourself first

I’m a strong believer of “Take care of yourself first”.  It had been a long way before I came to this point.  Let me share about my journey. Growing up: I grew up in the mid 60s and 70s in rural China, the time of the Cultural Revolution.  Like every youngster, I was heavily influenced by the political propaganda.  It was almost impossible to develop my own thoughts....

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Working inside a grocery store

I got a chance to work inside a grocery store several years ago.  It was an adventure.  Today I’d like to share my experience. After leaving the engineering career, I took a short break.  Then got a personal banker job. That bank branch was located at the corner inside a grocery store.  That was very cool to me. It was my childhood dream working in a grocery store:...

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Sacrifices related to retiring early

I had the interview with Brian Bienkowski of debt.com lately.  One question Brian asked was: “How did you retire early, you must have made sacrifices?” A good question.  It gives me a new perspective to look back at my journey.  What sacrifices did I make in order to retire early? No fancy clothes or handbags: Several years ago, a friend of mine came to visit me.  She was from...

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Too busy to manage your money?

Are you too busy to manage your money?  If yes, you are not alone.  I heard it from quite a lot of people, no matter of their background, income, education, etc.  Why is that?  Let’s tackle this issue today. Though money is not the most important asset, it plays a big part in people’s lives.  Nobody can live without money. Nowadays, it seems being busy is the trend. ...