Top 7 FIRE News Stories of 2017

At the end of the year, the media is full of retrospectives on the top news events and celebrity stories, so with that in mind, I set my thoughts to what are the biggest news happenings that have affected people on their journey to financial independence and retiring early (FIRE) in 2017. Here’s my list…

25 Days of Christmas – Vintage Ad Countdown

I worked in brand marketing during my career and have an affinity for old print advertising.  On my personal Facebook feed, I spent the last 25 days countdowning to Christmas with vintage ad each day of the month.  The illustrations and products really give a fun glimpsed into Christmas Past. Collecting and posting these ads…

Thrifty Thursday – Christmas Gift Challenge

It’s been fun to spend a few days Christmas shopping over the last couple weeks. I started a week ago on Monday and went on a full blitz yesterday – stopping at 19 different stores before I was done. Today I’ve been wrapping and watching a couple cheesy Hallmark Christmas movies (check out this funny…

Sneaking In Movie Theater Snacks

We love to go to the movies and probably catch a showing every other week (in addition to movies at home).  Increasingly, we catch shows on $5 Tuesdays. This past Tuesday, we caught the original White Christmas (in VistaVision!) on the big screen at the theater near us that features the reclining, first class airline-style…

Christmas Shopping – Deck the Malls

This week – the second week of December – is a great time to start Christmas shopping, by my reckoning. We’ve nabbed a couple holiday deals since Black Friday, but I like to get out in the stores when everything is ‘on’. Lights on, music on, and sales on. It’s more fun to shop when…