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.…

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…

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…

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…