Early Retirement Doesn’t Necessarily Mean You Stop Working

Early Retirement Doesn’t Necessarily Mean You Stop Working

Early retirement doesn’t mean you don’t work. Early retirement means you don’t need to work. And that, my friends, is a big difference. “Everybody’s working for the weekend.” – Loverboy According to a recent Gallup poll, 70% of Americans hate their jobs. Not dislike. Not…

My Husband Got Laid Off from His Job and We’re Thrilled

My Husband Got Laid Off from His Job and We’re Thrilled

You’re probably not used to seeing the words thrilled and laid off in the same sentence. But thrilled was our immediate reaction when my husband was let go from his job. Thank you financial independence. Financial independence allows you to be happy (or ecstatic even)…

Beware the spelling. FYRE – Bad. FIRE – Good.

Beware the spelling. FYRE – Bad. FIRE – Good.

I became familiar with the debacle known as the FYRE Festival when it first occurred in 2017. The festival was marketed to millennials (with a severe case of FOMO) as a 3-day luxury music experience on an exclusive island in the Bahamas. It was supposed…

My New Year’s (FIRE) Resolutions

My New Year’s (FIRE) Resolutions

Normally I’m not big a fan of New Year’s resolutions. Even with the best intentions, my resolutions seem to disappear faster than food in our pantry. Remember, we’ve got a few hungry kids to feed. Food disappears pretty fast around here. But this year, I’ve…

How we Unintentionally Joined the FIRE Movement

How we Unintentionally Joined the FIRE Movement

Not too long ago, every time my husband came home early from work, I would run to the door and fearfully ask, “Did you get laid off?” You see, his company was going though round after round of layoffs and we didn’t know if my…

Suze Orman: Get Out of My Head

Suze Orman: Get Out of My Head

We’ve run the numbers for my husband’s upcoming retirement a thousand times. Even though the calculations say that we are financially independent, and we’ll be able to sustain our lifestyle without his income, there’s this nagging voice in the back of my head. This voice…

Countdown Fever

Countdown Fever

When we started this journey toward my husband’s early retirement, we were years away. I refused to install a countdown timer on my phone until we were at least within the 3-year mark. Now, we’re down to less than 2 years! We’ve started counting down…

The Debate on Early Retirement

The Debate on Early Retirement

This week’s post is a little different from my typical writing. It focuses on an interesting debate: should you retire early or not? I call it a debate because I had the chance to participate in a money match-up (a debate of sorts), sponsored by…

Dear Bank: It’s Not Me, It’s You

Dear Bank: It’s Not Me, It’s You

The most satisfying breakup you’ll ever have is with the bank. The day you walk into the bank and make your last mortgage payment EVER. In my mind, I had rehearsed the breakup hundreds of times. I envisioned there would be shock, which would quickly…

Stop Trying, Start Training for Financial Independence

Stop Trying, Start Training for Financial Independence

As I write this post, the world’s greatest athletes are gathered in PyeongChang, South Korea for the XXIII Olympic Winter Games. These athletes haven’t been trying to get to the world’s stage. They have been training for years to get there. Years of sacrifice, dedication,…