FIRE Station Fun – Ridiculous Cars

Today’s quote is absolutely true.  People probably waste more money on cars than almost any other depreciating assets in their lives.  I worked at a car dealer when I was in college and I still remember with shock how ‘upside down’ people would get in their cars and then rollover their debt to even newer…

Unexpected Expenses In Early Retirement?

Having enough money to support the lifestyle you planned for early retirement is the key concern for many people on their path to financial independence and retiring early (FIRE).  The awesome website early-retirement.org had an interesting discussion recently over how much people are spending in early retirement: more, less,or about what they expected to spend…

Old Guy On Campus – Early Reflections

Several weeks ago I wrote about being back on campus and auditing a Sociology class at our local university, where my son is a freshman this year.  The school has a ‘Parents on Campus’ program that allows parents to take up to two classes each semester for free.  Before starting the class, I realized that…

FIRE Station Fun – Bridge To The Future

I picked today’s quote – not because I am a big fan of budgeting – but because I am a big fan of Dave Ramsey.  I wrote about my reluctance to spend my time budgeting a few weeks ago, but I realize it is an important bridge to financial independence for many people. These are…

Time Cruises In Early Retirement

Summer is over and I’m reflecting today on how quickly it seemed to go by. I thought time might slow down in early retirement, but it turns out that it feels about as quick as when I was working full time.  While I certainly have more time, it still cruises by unexpectedly fast.  The change…

Back To Campus in Early Retirement

I have friend who has been talking about retirement as an opportunity for ‘rewirement‘ – that is to rewire, “our minds, our bodies, and our plans for years of continued growth ahead.” I agree, and as I’ve said before, it is a big, wonderful world and my goal in early retirement is to soak in…