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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) […]

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 […]

We are Americanadian

We are Americanadian

We are AMERICANADIAN. It’s pronounced A Merry Canadian. And the definition is someone who lives in both America AND Canada. Not to be confused with a SNOWBIRD, who lives in the southern US during the winter months only. Let me explain. It’s only a couple […]

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 […]

I Tracked the Trending Topics for 5 Months and Realized Americans Are Obsessed with 2 Things: Money and Retirement

I Tracked the Trending Topics for 5 Months and Realized Americans Are Obsessed with 2 Things: Money and Retirement

Every time I turn on my laptop, I’m greeted with the Trending Topics. I usually pay little attention to the list. But several months ago, I noticed a trend. Maybe that’s why they call it Trending Topics. Duh! This trend? Americans search about money and […]

Retire at 70? No thank you!

Retire at 70? No thank you!

A few weeks ago, Suze Orman wrote an article entitled This is the Age You Should Retire – Not a Month or Year Before. And Suze’s recommend age? Drumroll, please……70! NO THANK YOU! Suze lays out 3 steps to make sure that you keep working […]

Do I Need a Financial Planner?

Do I Need a Financial Planner?

I’m more of a do-it-yourselfer when it comes to personal finance. After years of reading every financial book I can find, making some money, losing some money, tracking our expenses, rebalancing our portfolio and talking to so-called financial experts, I came to the conclusion that […]



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