Why Early Retirement Isn’t for Everyone

In what has proven to be my most popular post to date, I wrote about why frugal living isn't always everything. And now I am going to say early retirement isn't for everyone? Am I just trying to confuse you all!? Far from it. Although I know I can't please everyone, and while I am still all about starting the FIRE, I do think it's good to cover all my bases. In other words, I like…

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My Why of FI

"My why of FI" - how's that for a rhyming phrase? Anyway, I have a confession to make: I'm not the most decisive person. If you ask me what I like to do for fun, I will probably have a difficult time responding very confidently. I mean, other than working on this blog, of course! But since I don't typically mention that in the context of small talk, I will usually say something like, "Ya…

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6 Ways Anxiety Makes Life Difficult

Anxiety is a complicated subject, to say the least. While I am not a psychologist by any stretch of the imagination, I speak from experience. That's because anxiety is something that affects me personally. And by that, I mean it is a daily struggle. That may not be obvious because I tend to be pretty outgoing online, but that is far from the whole story. I have mentioned it on Twitter at least a few…

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Should Salary Information Be Kept Secret?

Did you know that salary data for many public-sector employees is available for anyone to see? And I don't just mean information on groups of employees, nor do I mean rough figures. Databases such as Data Universe allow you to quickly find the actual salary of real people. If you work in the private sector, you might think it's a bit strange that this information is just out in the open. After all, in the private sector,…

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Why you shouldn’t be ashamed of being in debt

Did you know that according to CNBC, 8 out of 10 Americans are in debt? I would imagine that estimating the number of Americans who are in debt is no easy task. But I also think it is safe to say a lot of Americans struggle with it. And CNBC isn't alone in their estimation: I Googled the topic, and most of the postings seemed to agree. Although our anecdotes can often be biased or misguided, I…

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