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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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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Can Money Make Us Happier? The Truth May Surprise You

Not too long ago, Constantly Curious posted a video that sparked a serious internal conflict. You might even say an all-out brawl between emotion and rationale. I highly recommend giving the video a watch, as it's under five minutes long. However, the basic idea is this: having a ton of money might not make us much happier than we are today. The funny thing is, that seemed obvious to me. It may be a bit of…

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Frugal living isn’t everything – here’s why

Yes, I know. Gasp. How could I possibly say that being frugal isn't everything, given that it is literally in the title of this blog? Well, the truth is that being frugal can potentially be a bit limiting. Especially if your income is on the low side. And that's what this post is about. I hear many bloggers talk a lot about how financial independence is so much more difficult when you aren't making any money. At…

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“Is it Friday Yet?”

Time for another reflective post! One thing I hear all the time working in an office is people saying things like, "Is it Friday yet?" Now, I don't know about you, but I just think this is a funny thing to say. If all you can think about is the weekend, doesn't that mean you don't want to be there? I don't know what other conclusion to draw. Even if I'm wrong, I don't think…

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