Christmas Trees By The Numbers

We used the extra time we had this weekend when our son was home from college to put up our Christmas tree.  We go all out when it comes to our Christmas tree and have a big collection of colorful, mercury glass ornaments.  Our ceilings are 12 foot high, so it takes a big tree…

Thanksgiving Freedom From MegaCorp Nonsense

My first year of working out of college came with a lesson in corporate culture.  It was the day before Thanksgiving 1989 and our Division VP told everyone to head out early that Wednesday at 3:00pm to beat rush hour and get an early start on the holiday. This was before the days of flextime,…

The Price Of Entertainment Keeps Rocking Higher

We had a great time this past weekend, going out to a movie, attending a black-tie gala, and seeing the hometown Minnesota Vikings win at their new stadium. It is always fun to get out and be entertained, but I am amazed at out how expensive things have become. Going through some old ticket stubs…

FIRE Station Fun – Drinking On The Job

When I resigned from MegaCorp early last year, I brought a bottle of fine Scotch Whisky into my boss’s office to toast my farewell. We didn’t crack it open because he wasn’t feeling well that day and he told me it would have been a violation of company policy.  I suppose that makes sense on…

The Cost Of Sports – Not Child’s Play

Are your kids involved in activities that are expensive? I signed up with a tennis club last week so I can continue to play during the winter months. I got 39 matches in this summer (playing outside) and it is hard for me to now pay for something I could do for free under the…

Work Stress & Health – By The Numbers

For the last 6 years I worked at the MegaCorp I officially early retired from, I was a Corporate Officer and had the benefit of getting Executive Health benefits.  Since we live in Minnesota, that meant I could go to the Mayo Clinic or a similar program (I usually went to one closer to the…

15 Retirement Hobbies That Scream ‘Rich People’

On Reddit recently, there was a post in the Financial Independence thread that asked Redditors what retirement “hobbies scream rich people?” That is, what activities signal that someone has a surplus of both time and money? I thought it was an interesting question and relevant to share because I noticed that a lot of the…