FIRE Station Fun – Get Climbing!

I’m picking up my son at college later today.  He is coming home for a party this weekend and will be home for the summer in just a few weeks.  While he is only finishing his Freshman year at college right now, I know that soon he will be graduating for college and establishing himself…

FIRE Planning For The Inevitable Future

I’ve been writing about personal finance and early retirement for more than two years now and have managed to not mention the topic of life expectancy once.  Since there are only three real variables to use in planning for retirement – spending, investments, and life expectancy – after over 250 posts to this site, you…

FIRE Station Fun – Birthday Freedom

It’s hard to think about financial independence and retiring early separate from the concept of AGE.  I’ve been early retired for a year now and I get the questions constantly: How old are you?  You look too young to be retired?  What will you do for the rest of your life? I retired two weeks…

Gold – An Investment in Fear?

“If the value of the dollar goes crazy, owning gold gives me peace of mind,” says a friend of mine that is a certified ‘gold bug’.  He believes that gold – as the ultimate basic currency – is a hedge against a sudden global geopolitical event that undermines the international system of currency. Gold is…

FIRE Station Fun – Cleaning Stuff Up

There is probably no one more quotable when it comes to personal finance and lifestyle advice than Ben Franklin.  A prolific quipster, his proverbs on money and our relationship with it are short, snappy, and typically spot-on.  Much of our cultural ethos on work and money come from Ben’s writings in his Poor Richard’s Almanac.   It…