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Life After FIRE – Fitting In

This post is part of the MrFireStation.com series called Life After FIRE … For MANY years, when we would go to church the weekly program would announce what the Retired Men’s Group was doing that month.  It sounded FUN.  They were golfing, they were listening to an expert on a local business or project, they were…

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Freedom – For Our Nation, For Ourselves

With Independence Day, it is hard not to see the parallels between what the Founding Fathers fought for as a nation and what we all fight for in our lives … FREEDOM. As it says in the Declaration of Independence, we “are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life,…

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FIRE Station Fun – Corporate Love

I hate to say it was my first BOSS that gave me the quote for today’s Friday Funny, but it was.  She saw how quickly I was amazed and enamoured with corporate life soon after joining my first MegaCorp and wanted me to be cautious in my career.   I definitely bled MegaCorp Blue (Pantone…

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Not Watching Time

Yesterday was one of those perfect days of early retirement.  A beautiful 76-degree day, tennis in the morning with my brother, $5 matinee in the afternoon with my son, a short nap, and a delightful alfresco dinner with my wife and some good friends at the village wine bar.  I drove the convertible around all…

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Parable of Saving: Where’s Your Ferrari?

I read a few versions of this story online recently and thought I would share a cleaned-up version of it.  It highlights both the incredible cost of small bad habits to our journey toward financial independence and retiring early (FIRE) and the self-righteousness that some “geniuses” apply to other people’s decisions – forgetting that personal…

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FIRE Station Fun – Price / Value Equation

Our son is working part-time this summer and is off to college this fall.  He is pretty good with his money at this point of his life and shows a lot of interest in frugal living and how money works.  I like to think that I am helping teach my son about financial independence &…

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Awkward Questions – What Do You Do? Nothing Really.

It is better to have money than not to have it, but the revelation of how much money we have or don’t have is always a bit awkward.  This is why most often people keep their financial matters quite private, but when you’ve retired early people deduce that you have certainly won the money game.…