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Mr. Heartland on FIRE

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Heartland on FIRE
General Finance
Early Retirement, smart spending, DIY, investing, financial independence
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St. Louis, Missouri , United States
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DIK (Dual Income, Kids)
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With another year in the books, it’s good to look back and see where all the money went. This is my second year of tracking spending by detailed categories and my second year of posting our spending online. You can check out our 2017 Spending here. I got to say, that putting all this information […] ...
Posted: Jan 17 2019 @ 12:00 PM
It’s a new year and that means new resolutions, right? Last January I set some personal finance goals for our household. I wanted to take a moment and look back at the past year. Did we meet our goals for the year? Did we bomb in epic fashion? My grading system is simple PASS or […] ...
Posted: Jan 10 2019 @ 12:00 PM
I hope you all had a wonderful holiday season! This update marks the completion of our first year of monitoring our Net Worth progress. I will be taking a deeper dive into the 2018 numbers in another post, but for now how did we fare in December? As always, you can check the latest and […] ...
Posted: Jan 03 2019 @ 12:00 PM
We recently had a conversation with another couple. During the discussion they mentioned that they only contributed enough to their 401k accounts to get their employer match. They maintain that they do not earn enough to max out their 401k contributions. Now that sounds like a fairly typical argument; however, from past conversations we learned […] ...
Posted: Dec 27 2018 @ 12:00 PM
An email circulated through my office the other day.  It read: “Christmas Club contributions will be included on the next pay period.”  The email then reminded everyone that enrollment into next year’s Christmas Club had just opened up.   It got me to thinking… is the Christmas Club worth it? For those unfamiliar, a Christmas Club […] ...
Posted: Dec 20 2018 @ 12:00 PM
After 3 weeks our spare bathroom renovation is complete.  There was a lot of blood, sweat, and tears involved.  How did it turn out?  Did we blow our budget?  Am I still married to Mrs. Heartland on FIRE?   Read on for the details… When I last left you reader, I had just installed the backerboard […] ...
Posted: Dec 13 2018 @ 12:00 PM
November is done and gone, and the Thanksgiving left-overs are finally gone with it.  I’ll be trying to burn off that weight for the next few months!  Did our net worth grow as much as my waistline? As always, you can check the latest and greatest info on the Track Our Progress page. First, the numbers: […] ...
Posted: Dec 06 2018 @ 6:43 PM
I don’t know about you, but we are addicted to home renovation shows.  One of the shows we particularly like is “Renovation Realities.” Basically, the show’s premise is to follow around people as they take on a renovation project.  Usually, hilarity ensues as the couple struggles through the project.  Wires are shorted, windows broken, spirits […] ...
Posted: Nov 29 2018 @ 12:00 PM
Happy Thanksgiving!! A year ago today, this blog did not exist.  November marks the end of my first year of blogging on this site.  It’s been a hell of a journey so far and I can’t wait to see where this whole thing goes.  So, to get into the Thanksgiving spirit, I thought it would […] ...
Posted: Nov 22 2018 @ 12:00 PM
The flames of the FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early) movement can spread rapidly.  Just like a campfire stacked with kindling, the flames are tall, flickering, and bright at first, but over time, these flames subside leaving the dull glow of smoldering coals. But you don’t cook on the flickering flames.  This short blast of high […] ...
Posted: Nov 15 2018 @ 2:42 PM


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