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 dozens of farms.  It was really interesting to learn a … Continue reading Amish Approaches to Financial Independence

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. Moore was the Bond that i grew up with in … Continue reading FIRE Station Fun – Bond On Life

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, and you rein in the government. My friend argued that it … Continue reading FIRE Politics – Seize The Rich?

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 8 years in office.  Fast forward to today and our … Continue reading US Government’s Wasteful Spending Problem

Holiday Gift Book Recommendation – Affluenza: How Overconsumption Is Killing Us

This is the third book that I am recommending to folks that are interested in a great personal finance book to get someone for the holidays.  It’s another book on my bookshelf that I consider to be a classic – and probably the last book I’ll have the chance to write about before Christmas this weekend. Affluenza: How Overconsumption Is Killing Us And How To … Continue reading Holiday Gift Book Recommendation – Affluenza: How Overconsumption Is Killing Us