Early Retirement Health Insurance – Open Enrollment (Bonus Chapter)

I thought our health insurance drama was over this year when we settled on a new plan during open enrollment in November. I wrote about our new plan then, which included a premium jump of more than 30% despite doubling our premium to $13K and dramatically dialing back the doctors and clinics we could go to in-network. As I wrote then, the insurance market in … Continue reading Early Retirement Health Insurance – Open Enrollment (Bonus Chapter)

FIRE Station Fun- Market Milestone

Yesterday was an exciting day in stock market history as the Dow Jones Industrial Average set another new record, breaking the 20,000 mark for the first time.  It certainly has come a long way when you look at this chart that stretches back to the 1970s … I am old enough to remember when it broke 1,000 in November of 1980, as I recall reading … Continue reading FIRE Station Fun- Market Milestone

Minimum Wage Jobs – Worker Profile

Regardless of your politics, you can’t help but notice the discussion around minimum wage that has been on the news over the last year.  I won’t make this post political, but at the risk of great blogging danger, I wanted to share some information I researched (as part of my Sociology class) that describes who minimum wage workers are. Afterall, many people start their journey … Continue reading Minimum Wage Jobs – Worker Profile

FIRE Station Fun – Chillaxing January

After 9 months, we are definitely having the most ‘chill’ month we’ve had since we early retired last year.  I’ve been calling it ‘no responsibility January’ since I’m off work, my son is home from college, and my wife is working very few hours at her part-part-time job.  Basically, no one is doing anything responsible! While the rest of the world has gotten squared back … Continue reading FIRE Station Fun – Chillaxing January

FIRE Station Fun – Millionaire Life

Of all of the posts that have been published on this site in the last two years (over 265 articles), one of the most consistently popular reads is this one about the FIRE Milestone of  Reaching Millionaire Status. As when I wrote it, I think there continues to be a certain power in the concept of being a millionaire and the fact that that the … Continue reading FIRE Station Fun – Millionaire Life

Organizing for FIRE – Financial Files

We’ve continued our effort to organize this January and continue to make progress.  We keep our financial records pretty streamlined, but I recently looked at an official guide to how long you are supposed to retain records.  MFS Funds – formerly Massachusetts Financial has a ‘handy’ guide they publish that covers financial records from A to Z.  Unfortunately, as I compared it to what we … Continue reading Organizing for FIRE – Financial Files