FIRE Station Fun – Christmas Shopping

Tomorrow is Christmas Eve.  As Jay Leno once said, for guys it is “The Official Start of the Christmas Shopping Season”.  It’s true that quite a few guys (and I’m sure gals too) leave a significant share of their Christmas shopping until the day before Christmas.  My brother and I used to make an annual event of going out on Christmas Eve and shopping for … Continue reading FIRE Station Fun – Christmas Shopping

Holiday Gift Book Recommendation – Affluenza: How Overconsumption Is Killing Us

This is the third book that I am recommending to folks that are interested in a great personal finance book to get someone for the holidays.  It’s another book on my bookshelf that I consider to be a classic – and probably the last book I’ll have the chance to write about before Christmas this weekend. Affluenza: How Overconsumption Is Killing Us And How To … Continue reading Holiday Gift Book Recommendation – Affluenza: How Overconsumption Is Killing Us

Holiday Gift Book Recommendation – The Millionaire Next Door

The next book that I wanted to suggest as part of my holiday gift series for people looking to buy something for someone interested in personal finance or reaching FIRE, is The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas Stanley and William Danko.  It is definitely one of the top books on my personal finance bookshelf, which probably has more than 30 books on it in all. … Continue reading Holiday Gift Book Recommendation – The Millionaire Next Door

Holiday Gift Book Recommendation: Making The Most Of Your Money

Since it is the holidays and some people are looking for gift ideas, I thought I would write a couple of short recommendations on personal finance books that really helped us on our way to financial independence and retiring early (FIRE).  Don’t worry, this isn’t some online scam to have you click through to Amazon and line my pockets.  I just wanted to share some … Continue reading Holiday Gift Book Recommendation: Making The Most Of Your Money

FIRE Station Fun – Turning Back The Gray

We had a neighborhood Christmas party last week and somehow the conversation turned to the color of my hair. At age 50, it is hanging in there pretty well – hardly any gray right now – and has become an interesting microcosm of my early retirement so far. I’ve read that most people’s hair turns gray 10-20% for each five years after they turn 25 … Continue reading FIRE Station Fun – Turning Back The Gray

Christmas Gift – Festive Framework

We enjoy the whole Christmas season, especially attending events and parties with family and friends.  While those activities are the highlight of the holidays for me, we also exchange gifts as a family on Christmas morning.  The older your kids get (and the older you get) the bigger challenge it becomes to find meaningful presents for each person.  Since we are already into the first … Continue reading Christmas Gift – Festive Framework

FIRE Station Fun – Holiday Shopping

Heading Christmas shopping this weekend?  They say it’s not the price of the gift, but the thought behind it. Despite that, many people over-spend on gifts this time of the year and have a big credit card bill to deal with the day after New Year’s.   How do your Holiday shopping habits compare to the average American household? Click on this LINK to read … Continue reading FIRE Station Fun – Holiday Shopping