FIRE Escape – Early Retirement 14 Months Countdown

Tomorrow is February 1st, which is fourteen months from the day that I expect to leave my job financially independent & retired early (FIRE by Fifty).  I thought I would close out each month between now and then with an update on my plans and the key activities I am focused on in my preparation. First, I will note that the stock market has been … Continue reading FIRE Escape – Early Retirement 14 Months Countdown

Thrifty Thursday – Extended Warranty Silliness

My son and I went to the local camping store prior to taking a canoeing trip with his Boy Scout Troop. Since we were going to be roughing it for almost a week, it seemed wise to invest in some rain gear in case we got up to the park and ended up with a few days of rain. Because I am not the most … Continue reading Thrifty Thursday – Extended Warranty Silliness

Bank Your Raises To Catch FIRE

Saving for FIRE is the last thing on the minds of most people.  Although almost everyone dreams of being financially independent and retiring early, very few are doing anything about it.  Americans saved just 4.4% of their income in 2014, according to the latest figures from a report from the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis.  I’m guessing that is much too low to reach the … Continue reading Bank Your Raises To Catch FIRE

Early Retirement Checklist – Jane Bryant Quinn

If you look at the books on my Links tab, you’ll notice that I included Jane Bryant Quinn’s Making The Most of Your Money on the list.   I’ve been relying on this book as a key gospel for our household financial planning for many years.  She is very complete, keeps money matters simple, and has a nice conversational writing quality.  Here’s a link to her … Continue reading Early Retirement Checklist – Jane Bryant Quinn

FIRE Announcement – A Conversation I Look Forward To

As I’ve written before, I have been fortunate to have a great career that has made saving for FIRE easier than many. Not that I didn’t still work very hard and make strategic choices along the way. One company move I made at age 46, basically made my DW & I financially independent (reached FI) within a year of taking it. I’ve now been at … Continue reading FIRE Announcement – A Conversation I Look Forward To

How Early Is Early Retirement?

About 10 years ago, when I was in my late thirties, one of my first bosses announced his retirement from the Megacorp we both worked for. Bob is a quiet, intelligent – truly thoughtful guy – who seemed better than most at understanding how to balance the stresses of work and home. I was quite surprised to hear that he was retiring because I didn’t … Continue reading How Early Is Early Retirement?

Do You Know Where You Are Going To?

The old Diana Ross song asks “Do you know where you are going to?” and many Americans should be asking themselves the same question when it comes to achieving financial independence. You can’t reach a goal you haven’t adequately envisioned for yourself and reaching FIRE is a very big vision indeed. The best place to start is by understanding what you are spending today. If … Continue reading Do You Know Where You Are Going To?