Amish Approaches to Financial Independence

Last week my wife and I had the opportunity to visit an Amish settlement in southern Minnesota.  We went on a three hour tour of Amish farms with a private guide who knew the families well and was welcome on their farms and businesses.  There are about 800-900 Amish that live in the area on…

Are We Becoming A Nation Of Beggars?

We went to dinner at a local taco fast food place recently and they had me sign for my credit card on an iPad – the kind that many small businesses use nowadays. Prior to signing however, there was a screen where you could select a tip amount to add to the bill – $0,…

Watching The Wheels

There are a few songs that can serve as an anthem for the journey to financial independence and retiring early. “Take This Job & Shove It” comes immediately to mind, as does “Bang On The Drum All Day”. Those songs are about escaping the drudgery of work, but I think the most appropriate song for…

FIRE Station Fun – Bond On Life

Roger Moore, most well-known for his seven movies as James Bond, passed away earlier this week at age 89.  It was a long, grand life for this military officer and well-known actor, who in addition to acting served as Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations/UNICEF and was knighted by the Queen for his charitable work.…

FIRE Politics – Seize The Rich?

I visited with a friend over a beer last week and we discussed a lot of things, including – inevitably – national politics.  As I wrote in my election day post about what the next President needs to do, I argued that the most important issue is government out of control spending.  Rein in the spending,…

US Government’s Wasteful Spending Problem

I find that regardless of your political leanings, people continually frustrated by wasted government spending and what it means for the national debt.  The debt, which was a trillion dollars in Reagan’s time, is now about $20T (it has risen at a shocking 8.4% annual clip). Despite today’s quote, Reagan himself substantially overspent during his…