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“Yesterday was my last day”. Those were the words my Dad told his boss when he quit his job. He was 60 and decided he’d retire. Just like that. The post You’ve Always Gotta Have an Exit Strategy appeared first on FI Ideas. ...
Posted: Aug 21 2019 @ 6:00 AM
The post Your FI-ne Art Design Principles appeared first on FI Ideas. ...
Posted: May 29 2019 @ 2:27 AM
Uh-oh. I have a problem. I've gone over 5 months now without a glass of wine. And it's great! Yet, I ask myself why it is that we in the FI community are cutting every last penny, just to gather and celebrate over some beers. Maybe it's time to stop our whining. Or wine-ing! The post Maybe It’s Time to Stop Your WINE-ing appeared first on FI Ideas. ...
Posted: Jan 31 2019 @ 12:17 AM
Are you FI but not MI? Medically Independent, that is. How can there be shockingly simple math to early retirement if no one can estimate their health insurance costs? Having retired years before Obamacare went live, let me tell you our approach to this ever-changing and costly budget item. The post Estimating 25X Your Health Insurance is Shockingly Unsimple appeared first on FI Ideas. ...
Posted: Dec 20 2018 @ 9:00 AM
As the FIRE concept spreads into the mainstream press, many people are asking…Should you “RE”, or Retire Early? Or instead, is it about quitting a job that you don’t like, or just do for the money, and finding work that you love and that fulfills you? The post To RE or not to RE, That is the Question appeared first on FI Ideas. ...
Posted: Nov 14 2018 @ 6:00 AM
I absolutely loved working as an Electronics Engineer and could not have imagined getting to a point that would make me walk away from my voluntary 80+ hour weeks. But my last job, which took me to Scotland on an Oil and Gas project, brought me on the adventure of a lifetime. It was truly a million dollars worth of fun. Until it wasn’t. I mean ...
Posted: Oct 08 2018 @ 6:21 PM
We’ve just returned from an epic trip to the Eastern Sierra. I love hiking, but I’m definitely not John Muir. I’m also not Mr. Money Mustache or Paula Pant either. But I was able to quit my job at age 51 and I’ve hiked some of the most incredible trails in the Sierra Nevada. How did I do it? By finding my own pace and ...
Posted: Sep 18 2018 @ 1:57 AM
Just like the stock market, wild ups and downs are part of our plan. If you have enough savings to draw from, then wild swings in your net worth and your annual expenses are normal. To prosper, you have to expect the unexpected. The post Our Expenses are Designed for Wild Swings appeared first on FI Ideas. ...
Posted: Jul 30 2018 @ 8:24 PM
If we had bought our trailer before we retired, we might have been able to break free years sooner. It reframed our perspective on money and our priorities in life. Why? Because so many things about the trailer and the travels have changed our frame of reference. The post Trailer Trips: A New Frame of Reference appeared first on FI Ideas. ...
Posted: Jun 27 2018 @ 10:43 PM
Have you ever been fired? It was probably not as wonderful as it was for me. My boss did it in order to keep me working there. A pretty unusual story and the turning point in my life, it was the key to our financial independence. And it saved my health and sanity too. The post My Awesome Boss Fired Me – What a Gift appeared first ...
Posted: May 23 2018 @ 1:52 AM


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