Early Retirement “Snowbirding 101”

Not long ago I had lunch with my recently early retired friend Russ, who gave me the inside scoop on snowbirding from wintery Minnesota to sunny Florida.  Russ and his wife, Tracey, are new to the lifestyle, having bought a condominium on the gulf coast of Florida last year, which they can enjoy now that…

FIRE Station Fun – Aging Richly

Today is the last day of my son’s Senior year in high school. School ends at noon on Friday, and he is off for the summer before leaving for college in the fall. He is a terrific kid and it has been a great joy to watch him grow up. Last night, we had a wonderful…

Retirement Reminiscing – My Old School

One of the benefits of early retirement is that you have extra time to look back and reflect on your life.  I have already an intense habit of this and have always spent a fair amount of time researching and remembering “days gone by”. It’s a curious trait.  I have read that in the early…

Milestone: First 50 Days of Early Retirement

It has been more than a month now since I early retired from MegaCorp and adopted my new life of leisure.  It feels like I am still “skipping school” and am expected to go back to work at some point.  The good news is that I’m not going back to anything and enjoying my time…

FIRE Station Fun – The Little Things

I am always paranoid about recurring, subscription fees that are like the little leaks that Ben Franklin warned us about.  These kinds of fees are certainly much more common today than they were in Ben’s time.  Some are big and easy to understand – utilities, internet access, or a boat club with monthly dues. Others…

30 Day Post-Retirement Decluttering Challenge

Starting on May 1, my wife and I began a project that a friend suggested called the “30-Day Decluttering Challenge”.  The concept is simple – on the first day of the month, get rid of one item. On the second day of the month, get rid of two items. Continue to do so until the…

The Better Half – Thoughts From MrsFireStation

Today we have an extra special guest – for the first time ever we are joined by the wonderful MrsFireStation – who will share her own thoughts on Captain Sparky’s escape from corporate life and our new life of leisure in early retirement … My background … I’ve been a stay-at-home Mom for 18 years…