FIRE Station Fun – Not-So Rock Star Finance!

I was excited earlier this week to see that my recent article on the added everyday cost to operate our SUV compared with a less plush ‘sensible sedan’ was recognized as one of the RockStarFinance.com’s ‘Wednesday Hits’.  It wasn’t the first time that one of my articles had been linked to by the good folks at Rock Star, and I don’t know how exactly they came … Continue reading FIRE Station Fun – Not-So Rock Star Finance!

The Added Everyday Costs Of Driving An SUV

I recently had my SUV in the shop for some warranty work and they gave me a small sport sedan as a ‘loaner’ car for the morning. My SUV isn’t huge – and we use it as our family hauler – but I wondered out loud how much better a smaller vehicle might be for gas mileage. The technician added, “for the environment, too”. Here’s … Continue reading The Added Everyday Costs Of Driving An SUV

Are You Still An Athlete?

I like to scan the forums over on earlyretirement.org and sometimes I’ll even tally up up responses to a post to measure how people respond to certain questions. Recently someone provocatively asked “Are you still an athlete?” It drew a lot of comments so I went through them to see what other early retirees are doing athletically … Running was the most popular activity by … Continue reading Are You Still An Athlete?

Debt Spending On Kids Sports?

File this phenomenon under the heading ‘I Don’t Get It’.  Parents are now going into debt to fund their kids sports and extracurricular activities because they believe that the skills will help them earn more money some day.  What? The recent survey from LendingTree.com, shows that 8 out of 10 of today’s parents believe that the money they spend on sports (30%), music (16%), dance … Continue reading Debt Spending On Kids Sports?