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FIRE Milestones – Dollar Number or Date?

How do you decide when you are ready to retire?  For some, it is when you reach a certain number of dollars – your ‘F-Off’ number that represents financial independence.  For others, it is a specific date,  Come hell-or-high water, they are going to walk off the job on the date they’ve always planned –…

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FIRE Station Fun – Opening Doors

Next week is Thanksgiving and while the years can certainly have their ups-and-downs, I continue to have a lot to be thankful for – both the people in my life and the blessings we have received.  When I reflect back on our journey to financial  independence and retiring early (FIRE), I think a lot about…

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Free To Choose – Economist Milton Friedman

With the Presidential election behind us and a new one-party led government in Washington DC, it is likely we will see much more change on economic policies than we seen in almost a decade.  I’m excited to see if the new President and Congress take action on some of the four areas outlined in my…

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FIRE Station Fun – Travel Experiences

For many people, travel is one of the KEY reasons they pursue early retirement. This article from CNBC shows it as the top thing people look forward to in retirement. I’ve been talking a lot to people about their post-FIRE travel plans and all of the interesting places they have gone and hope to go…

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Kids In School & Early Retirement

I was talking with a good friend over lunch a couple Fridays ago and he mentioned that his kids were still quite young, and that he couldn’t see retiring until his kids were at least a certain age in school.  I often thought about that myself before we retired and ultimately waited until my son…