Working One More Year For Charity – Ben Franklin Style

I wrote recently about our family’s plan to save my final year’s salary in a bank account and donate it to charity in the first few years of our retirement.  Here’s a link to that post.  It’s generated a lot of discussion, but no one I’ve talked to has any examples of anyone else who had done anything similar. Until recently … It turns out … Continue reading Working One More Year For Charity – Ben Franklin Style

The Monk & The Minister – Parable for Life

I’m not sure where this parable originates from, but I have seen it a few places online … Two close boyhood friends grow up and go their separate ways. One becomes a humble monk, the other a rich and powerful minister to the king. Years later they meet. As they catch up, the minister (in his fine robes) takes pity on the thin, shabbily dressed … Continue reading The Monk & The Minister – Parable for Life

Thrifty Thursday – Apple Watch Bands

I’m excited to have put in a pre-order for the new Apple Watch.  Mr.FireStation is a bit of a gadget-guy, but even so, at $399 it is about 4x what I have ever paid for a watch of any sort.  I know people who wear the luxury brand watches that cost thousands of dollars, but I’ve always resisted shelling out that kind of money.  Until … Continue reading Thrifty Thursday – Apple Watch Bands

Countdown to Early Retirement – Post-it Flags

I recently wrote about possible ways to countdown my last year to early retirement.  I had gotten a lot of great ideas online and shared them in this post.  Since it’s a couple of weeks later, I thought I would share a couple of the approaches I adopted. First, I made 52 tags out of Post-it Flags and hung them up in a colorful way … Continue reading Countdown to Early Retirement – Post-it Flags

FIRE Countdown – Last Birthday in the Office

Today is my 49th birthday.  That might seem like a big number or a small number, depending on your perspective.  Right now it means I’m slightly on the younger side of the 20 people in the strategic planning meeting that I am sitting in at MegaCorp. Today’s a Tuesday.  Tuesday is a terrible day for a birthday, because if there are important meetings scheduled, you’re … Continue reading FIRE Countdown – Last Birthday in the Office

Time To Retire Early? – 12 Quotes That Inspire Action

The EarlyRetireent.org forum recently had a post called “Early Retirement Inspiring Quotes“.  Some of the quotes were really outstanding, so I wanted to post some of them here (along with some other favorites) … “The goal isn’t more money.  The goal is living life on your own terms.”  Chris Brogan “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things that you didn’t … Continue reading Time To Retire Early? – 12 Quotes That Inspire Action

7 Ways to Countdown to Early Retirement

I posted on a couple of early retirement sites last week to see what advice folks might have for me in my final year of work before leaving work for good.  I didn’t get a lot of responses, but the advice was motivating since it came from folks that have already reached FIRE (financial independence & retired early).  My DW and I have gotten to … Continue reading 7 Ways to Countdown to Early Retirement