Why Is Living at Home Actually Awesome?

I've written before about how living at home after college was one of the best financial decision I've ever made. That's because more than anything else, living at home was the single biggest factor in paying off my student loans. And yet, in generations past, this is a practice that was totally unfathomable. Graduating from college means you're an adult now, after all. It's time to leave the nest now; it's time to be independent. But…

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6 Reasons Getting Fired Was Actually Amazing

For a lot of us, losing our jobs can be a crisis. Especially with so many people living paycheck to paycheck and not having adequate emergency funds. For me, getting fired was actually amazing. And no, not getting FIREd...but that will happen eventually - I hope! Some background: this is not a recent or new development. My current job is still safe (for now, anyway), but I have lost jobs in the past. And even though it…

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Four Financial Lessons I Wish I Knew When I Was Younger

In a previous post, I mentioned the fact that one of my college roommates went to college on a full scholarship through the Navy ROTC program. While I couldn’t see myself fitting in with the military, I didn’t even know such a thing was an option before I learned about it from him. Clearly, that is one of the financial lessons I missed early on. And that is just one example. Needless to say, if…

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Barista FIRE: Bridging the Benefits Gap

Barista FIRE is an interesting concept. It's becoming increasingly popular, which could be in part due to rising health care costs in the US. And health care only gets more expensive as we age. From diabetes to cancer to heart disease, some of the most prominent diseases have a direct correlation to an aging population. It's for that reason that one of the biggest dilemmas early retirees face is: how am I going to deal with…

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Financial Independence Retire Early: What Is It?

Hey all! Hope you're having a fantastic evening (or morning, or afternoon). I'd like to discuss a topic that is central to my mission: financial independence retire early. This is such an important topic that I don't really need a reason to discuss it, but something actually did prompt me. Like so many people out there, I listened to Paula Pant's interview with Suze Orman recently. Now, despite Suze's apparently strong feelings on the matter, I…

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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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