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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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 frugal living 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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