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!


Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Nerissa Tridawn

28 Jan 2023 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase Nerissa Tridawn from the Water Splinter.... Yet another heavy mana card for this week's challenge, which is getting a bit irritating TBH, but for the mana she backs a punch at L1 with 3...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Djinn Inferni

15 Jan 2023 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase Djinn Inferni from the Fire Splinter. While High in Mana cost the Inferni packs a heavy punch with its three magic damage, especially against high health monsters with its giant killer...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Runic SkyClaw

7 Jan 2023 1 minute read 1 comment RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase the Life Sapper from the Death Splinter... While high in mana cost, this card has flying as a buff and high speed and decent damage with reasonable health and shields. The battle below ...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Cursed Windeku Face Off!

31 Dec 2022 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase the Cursed Windeku from the Death Splinter... This is an extremely useful mid mana card - for 6 mana you get a very healthy nine health, two melee damage, thorns and reasonable speed of...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: River Nymph

10 Dec 2022 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase the River Nymph from the water splinter... This is a useful relatively cheap mana card at level one with one magic damage, two speed, three health and one of my favourite abilities: cle...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Molten Ash Golem

3 Dec 2022 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase the Molten Ash Golem from the Fire Splinter. This is maybe an underrated card for 6 mana - with decent health and close range being its greatest strength, but the very lowest damage and...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Gem Meteor

26 Nov 2022 2 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase the neutral Gem Meteor... This is an interesting card at L1 - offering high speed at a low level and also relatively high health, and with scattershot, which can shake up a battle, but...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Dhampir Stalker

14 Nov 2022 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase the Dhampir Stalker from the Death Splinter... While heavy on the mana and low on speed this is a high damage card that can't miss with reasonable health, and so in higher mana battles...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Temporal Master

5 Nov 2022 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase the Temporal Master from the Life Splinter... This is a low mana card with one magic damage but both low speed and health at only 2 each, and with the difficult to play recharge ability...

Splinterlands Challenge of the Week: Regal Peryton

29 Oct 2022 1 minute read 0 comments RealSociology

This week's Splinterlands Challenge of the Week was to showcase the Regal Peryton from the Earth Splinter... This is one of my favourite cards from the Chaos Legion set, with very high speed especially for the usually slow earth splinter, high healt...