Retire by 50

Retire by 50

In the summer of 2014, when I turned 41, I set myself the goal of retiring from paid-work by the age of 52. This blog charts my own strategy and progress, and explores different theories of financial independence and 'extreme early retirement'. It also provides the odd tip on how you might also retire early!


Is Paying More for Premium Petrol Worth It..?

6 Oct 2023 2 minute read 2 comments RealSociology

I actually ask myself this question every time I fill up the car on the garage forecourt: would it be worth paying slightly more for the premium fuel compared to the cheaper option which is what I usually go for. So I was interested to listen to this...

Innovators, Disrupters, Misfits and Bitcoin

2 Oct 2023 5 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

I’ve been reading The Internet of Money by Andreas Antonopoulos recently. You can buy the book here, it’s based on his lectures from a few years ago now! https://aantonop.com/ Below I’ve selected a few quotes from chapter four which focuses on...

Splinterlands Battle Mage Secrets: Silenced Summoners!

1 Oct 2023 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Battle Mage rule set challenge was Silenced Summoners in which summoners give no buffs to monsters! Silenced Summoners general strategy.... Well play your lowest mana summoner possible! Besides that it's just a matter of stacking the best...

Splinterlands Battle Mage Challenge: Rise of the Commons!

24 Sep 2023 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Battle Mage rule set challenge was Rise of the Commons in which only common and rare monsters may be used in battle! However, and this may be crucial, summoners are NOT affected by this rule! Rise of the Commons general strategy.... Well...

Splinterlands Battle Mage Challenge: Odd Ones Out!

10 Sep 2023 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Battle Mage rule set challenge was Odd Ones Out in which only monsters with odd mana may be used! Odd ones out general strategy.... There's not a lot to say here - other than you're limited to half your deck, but there are SO many ca...

Splinterlands Battle Mage Secrets: Noxious Fumes...

2 Sep 2023 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Battle Mage rule set challenge was Noxious Fumes in which every monster takes two poison damage at the start of every round, starting from round 2! Noxious Fumes general strategy.... Given the extra damage being taken every round I genera...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Melee from Anywhere!

25 Aug 2023 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Battle Mage rule set challenge was Melee Monsters Only in which melee monsters may attack from anywhere, as it says on the tin! Melee Monsters general strategy.... if you want to go on the attack, then pick one of the buffing melee monste...

Splinterlands Battle Mage Challenge: Lost Magic

18 Aug 2023 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Battle Mage rule set challenge was Lost Magic in which no magical monsters may be used. Lost Magic general strategy.... Well without magical cards we are left with a choice of ranged, melee and no attack cards... So this means choosing su...

Splinterlands Battle Mage Challenge: Lost Legendaries

12 Aug 2023 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Battle Mage rule set challenge was Lost Legendaries in which legendary monsters may not be used but legendary summoners are still available. Lost Legendaries general strategy... Well there's not too much to say, other than opt for LEGENDA...

Splinterlands Battle Mage Challenge: Little League...

5 Aug 2023 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Battle Mage rule set challenge was Little League in which you can only use monsters and summoners which cost 4 mana or below. Little League general strategy.... Well there's not too much to say, other than opt for the best splinter w...