Today, our son joins the world of full-time work after graduating from college last weekend. He’s starting work in software/web development at a great company that he was an intern at last summer. Last night we were talking about the business and the fun of working on businesses challenges. I’ve been early retired for over 4 years at this point, but have always loved the … Continue reading Edgar Guest – ‘It Couldn’t Be Done’
A friend recently spent 8 hours (and a $19.95 fee) taking an online ‘Safe Driving’ program through his insurance company. It was offered to people over 55 for an $80 reduction in their annual insurance premium for a number of future years. He told me when they were in the middle of taking the class and I thought, ‘no thanks’. Not enough juice for the … Continue reading What’s Your Time Worth In Early Retirement?
We’ve discovered during the CV19 crisis that my wife and I have a different degree of devotion to emergency preparation than some other folks do. I thought we were pretty well set with our emergency prep planning from when our son was in Boy Scouts, but we’ve quickly learned we aren’t prepped nearly as well as we thought we were. Related: Emergency Preparedness for CV19 … Continue reading Stocking Up
I really thought the stories about people hoarding toilet paper were just jokes until I went to our local Walmart yesterday. It’s not just toilet paper – hand santizer, hand soap, all-purpose cleaner, soup and other canned goods are selling fast. Panic buying for the COVID-19 coronavirus is in full swing. Since folks working toward FIRE have a penchant for being prepared, I’m guessing many … Continue reading Emergency Preparedness – Why Not?
Whether it is the last day of your work week or you are on a permanent weekend like me, check out the infectious JOY that this guy has for the weekend in this SHORT video! I wouldn’t have this much energy after eating a large bowl of leftover Halloween candy … Link: MUFASA FRIDAY VIDEO Have a great weekend … now, or forever! Continue reading It’s Friday!
Add the name of NFL running back Adrian Peterson to the list of celebrities that can’t seem to figure out how to manage his prodigious wealth. Despite earning over $100 million dollars in his career, Peterson is apparently so broke that he cannot pay back millions in dollars of loans he took. In news reports they wrote it up as another case of an athlete who … Continue reading A Tale Of Two Running Backs
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!
I ran across this list of Life Lessons on Pinterest recently and thought I would share it as this Friday morning’s post. When I see a common sense list of advice like this, I’m always struck by how reading through them gets me better focused on the long-term and less focused on the small stuff. While only a few of them directly speak directly to … Continue reading FIRE Station Fun – Life Lessons
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 dozens of farms. It was really interesting to learn a … Continue reading Amish Approaches to Financial Independence
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, 10%, 15%, 20%, or more. The counter-service employee pretends to … Continue reading Are We Becoming A Nation Of Beggars?