Hi! Thanks for reading my “about” page.
I started this blog to document my own journey towards financial independence and to help other government employees understand their retirement benefits and whether or not they can retire early. I’m a federal employee and while I blog as “GovWorker” most of the analysis on the site is geared towards federal employees. On the other hand, a lot of the analysis of analyzing financial independence with a pension is applicable to state and municipal employees as well. Mrs. GovWorker is a state employee and perhaps at some future date, we’ll discuss her retirement on the blog as well.
Although I’ve written a lot of points specifically geared towards federal employees, especially about their thrift savings plan (TSP), a lot of my posts are about living as a frugal family of five. We have three kids, and daycare is both our biggest obstacle to financial independence and worth every penny.
This is a personal blog
I primarily write this blog to share our journey to financial independence. I hope that by sharing our journey to FI we can inspire other government employees to leave before their minimum retirement age.
I want to make it clear that the opinions expressed in this blog are solely my own. They do not represent the view of any government agency.
Despite what I imagined when I started, blogging is kind of expensive. There are hosting fees and domain registration fees. Also, there are software tools and other expenses that I use to make my blog look half-way respectable. I have advertisements on the website through Google Adsense. I have no control over what shows up on the website and have little idea on how to only make the advertisements show up in non-obtrusive places. I apologize for their inconvenience. However, they do make blogging more affordable.
Occasionally, I’ll link to products or services that I enjoy. In some of these cases, I’ll use an affiliate link, where I will make a small amount of money if you click and/or buy the products. When I use an affiliate link, I’ll notify you it is an affiliate link. When you click one of those links, I may make a small amount of money if you purchase something after clicking through the link.
All of my affiliate links are through Amazon.com. As required by the program, I must state that
I am a participate in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for this website to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
As of February 2020, I have partnered with CountAbout.com (affiliate link), and am paid to promote their product through social media and affiliate marketing.