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Chasing FIRE
Early Retirement
Financial Independence, Early Retirement, Financial Freedom, Flexible Financial Planning, Having Fun
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Although typical FIRE (Financial Independence/Retiring Early) gets all the attention and accolades these days across the interwebs, its lesser known relative Flexible FIRE deserves a serious look as well. As I mentioned in a previous post, typical FIRE consists of creating an investment portfolio that is large enough to sustain your level of spending forever (simple calculation is 25x your annual spending). This usually means spending a good chunk of ...
Posted: Nov 08 2018 @ 9:44 AM
There is a new documentary coming out in early 2019 called Playing with FIRE and I can’t wait to check it out! It features some heavy hitters in the FIRE movement (including many on my Resources page) and I have a feeling it will change some lives in the process…especially for those that haven’t stumbled across this movement in blog form yet 🙂 So without any further delay, here is ...
Posted: Nov 01 2018 @ 11:50 PM
Today I start sharing my family’s progress towards Financial Independence (FI). I envision this being a quarterly update going forward (so the next one will be in January), but I wanted to get the first one out there now as a way to set the stage for things to come. As you will notice, I am not going to use our actual numbers. Instead, I will be using percentages to ...
Posted: Oct 28 2018 @ 11:01 PM
By now you may have noticed that I’m a big fan of Vanguard when it comes to choosing a company to invest your money with (mentioned here, here, and here). Several readers have been wondering why I specifically chose Vanguard to invest with…this post will attempt to answer that question.Unlike other investment companies or brokerage firms, which are owned by third-party shareholders, Vanguard is owned by the mutual funds they ...
Posted: Oct 27 2018 @ 1:33 AM
A key aspect of reaching financial goals is tracking where your money is going and being invested. If you are currently signing in to 23 different websites to update your own financial spreadsheet like I used to do before coming across Personal Capital about 5 years ago…prepare to be impressed and save large amounts of time! Personal Capital is a wealth management company that provides its users with a wide-array ...
Posted: Oct 24 2018 @ 12:33 AM
Without throwing too much at you to start, here is a list of four books that should be on your reading list RIGHT NOW. Feel free to choose the order, but my suggestion is to read Your Money or Your Life first followed by The Millionaire Next Door, then pick your poison for the final two. To get a flavor for each book, feel free to click on the titles ...
Posted: Oct 22 2018 @ 10:38 PM
4:10 a.m. this morning, the alarm goes off. I have my alarm set so it gradually gets louder over the course of 60 seconds so it doesn’t shock the system too much. Well, it was blaring this morning when I finally heard it, so that means I was sleeping soundly…well into the alarm. It also means that I was comfy as hell laying in bed! I’ve grown accustomed to getting ...
Posted: Oct 16 2018 @ 12:54 AM
As I talked about in my previous post, dreaming big is important to me. Here are some of my dreams & goals before 2019 rolls around. Max out 401k: I am currently on pace to do so this year and have no plans to alter my contributions. If this happens, it will be the first year of maxing out this account ($18,500 of my own contributions, employer match is on ...
Posted: Oct 13 2018 @ 2:01 AM
I’ll set the record straight right now so you aren’t left wondering: I’m a dreamer. For as long as I can remember, I’ve been coming up with crazy ideas and/or lofty plans. When I was in high school, I didn’t want to just work for $6.50/hour somewhere, I wanted to find a job that paid $15/hour. That meant I could work less and make the same amount of money (or ...
Posted: Oct 11 2018 @ 2:13 AM
Financial Independence (FI) and Retiring Early (RE) sounds intimidating, and at first glance, it definitely is! In my previous post I gave this simple definition: having enough assets/investments to live off of for the rest of your life, enabling you to retire early if you so choose. “Wowza, you must need $10,000,000 or something!!!” If that were the case, most of us would never be able to even dream of ...
Posted: Oct 09 2018 @ 7:00 AM


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