In Pursuit Of The Perfect Purchase

Our window box flowers are looking better than ever this year. We live in Minnesota, so we don’t get color like this except for in the peak of summer. Gardening is said to be the most popular hobby in the United States, and when you have more time to plant, water, and care for flowers…

Part-Time Work in Early Retirement

Before I reached early retirement a few years ago, I wrote THIS POST about a survey of whether or not people should retire full-time or part-time.  While many people envision part-time consulting as part of their early retirement plans, almost 60% of respondents said that working part-time in retirement was a ‘BAD idea’ with another…

Free-Lance Writer In Early Retirement?

When people ask me what I do to keep busy in early retirement, I almost never mention writing MrFireStation.com.  I guess that’s odd, given that I created the site more than three years ago and have now posted over 400 articles.  Even though I probably spend about 2 hours a week writing and updating the…

Savings Rates & Reaching FIRE

Are you saving enough?  It’s the most basic of questions.  Yet, I’m always so disappointed when I see an article showing how low the US savings rate is.  A recent study by Fidelity showed that the average American is saving about 8.5% of their after-tax income – including the value of any employer matches. Even…

Should You Expect the Unexpected?

Someone posted an interesting question on Early-Retirement.org recently that caught my attention.  Just a few months from reaching FIRE (financial independence & retiring early), a person asked the collective wisdom of the ‘Life After FIRE’ forum if their early retirement was what they had planned on, or something different. The post generated a lot of…

Bam! My Interview with Kiplinger’s

A couple months ago, I did a 45 minute phone interview with a reporter writing for Kiplinger’s on health insurance for early retirees. She said that she had read our FIRE story on this blog and in particular a post called “Health Insurance – The Biggest Worry For Early Retirees” caught her attention. She appreciated…