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Our Quest For Fire
Early Retirement
Minimalism, budgeting, real estate, family, investing, lifestyle
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Los Angeles, California, United States
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DIK (Dual Income, Kids)
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I’ve held onto this for over a decade. You can see the wear in the tag and hopefully not the weird stains that mottle the fabric. I received this as a high school graduation present from an underclassman. It’s so soft and fun to play with as I watched t.v. or lounged around with my … The post Minimalism Mondays: Yellow Star Pillow appeared first on Our Quest For FIRE. ...
Posted: Sep 11 2017 @ 4:32 AM
I was under a deadline. After completing all my teacher credential courses, I walked away with a preliminary credential. To turn that preliminary credential (which could expire) to a legit one that I just needed to renew every few years, I had to secure a full time job for at least 2 years. I was … The post How and When I Moved Up On The Teacher Salary Scale appeared first ...
Posted: Sep 08 2017 @ 11:48 AM
Growing up, my focus was chasing the money. I wanted to earn as much as I can as quickly as possible.  Hence, I was looking at careers in investment banking and management consulting after grad school.  They pay well and have a clear career ladder (I’m going to miss this “ladder” when I hit FI). … The post How We Invested and Why We Changed appeared first on Our Quest For ...
Posted: Sep 06 2017 @ 11:40 AM
This was a Christmas gift from a student a few years ago. I thought the bird looked cute and loved the little gems and red color (Red is my favorite color). My original thought was to attach it to my school keys since a student gave it to me. When he sees it, he’ll know … The post Minimalism Mondays: Bird Keychain appeared first on Our Quest For FIRE. ...
Posted: Sep 04 2017 @ 4:27 AM
When I graduated college in 2009, I really struggled with finding a full-time job and moved back home right after graduation. While hunting for jobs, I took on three various internships/part-time jobs to make money and get some experience under my belt. It wasn’t ideal but I was earning money and I was hoping some … The post Why My Parents Charged My Broke Ass Rent appeared first on Our Quest ...
Posted: Aug 30 2017 @ 11:40 AM
A small white square keychain with the word “tile” etched across it can help me locate any missing items. We won the Tile at a party two years ago and it’s been sitting in my closet ever since. I’ll be honest and say that I’m a pretty careless person at times. I may randomly throw … The post Minimalism Mondays: Tile (#Tileit) appeared first on Our Quest For FIRE. ...
Posted: Aug 28 2017 @ 4:20 AM
  I’m not afraid to admit it. Our house purchase was more of an emotional purchase than a financial one. This wasn’t a fixer upper or a foreclosed home. It wasn’t a brand new home but it was move in ready. It wasn’t an especially good deal and the housing market wasn’t down by any … The post Why We Bought Our House Instead of Renting appeared first on Our Quest ...
Posted: Aug 25 2017 @ 11:14 AM
via GIPHY Prior to starting our FI journey, I wasn’t one that would think much about my food expenses. More importantly, I never really took a hard look at what we were spending dining out. I mean, we work hard during the week so why not go out and enjoy a nice meal (or two … The post How Anova Streamlined our Life and Help Cut Expenses appeared first on Our ...
Posted: Aug 23 2017 @ 11:54 AM
This beauty comes with 2 wax scents, cinnamon & spice and butterscotch maple cream. I need to plug it into an outlet and the whole thing glows as it melts the wax. It was a student Christmas present to me a few years ago and I held onto it with all of my other extra … The post Minimalism Mondays: Wax Warmer appeared first on Our Quest For FIRE. ...
Posted: Aug 21 2017 @ 4:20 AM
We often read that you have to save at least 50% of your income to be well positioned to achieve FI.  In our journey thus far, we actually have not calculated our savings rates.  Additionally, when I read about others, I don’t get a clear sense of whether it’s 50+% after tax, pre-tax, or both. … The post Don’t Save to Save; Save to Invest!- Our Asset Allocations appeared first on ...
Posted: Aug 18 2017 @ 11:28 AM


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