Start Your FIRE Journey – Step 4: Invest

If you are doing it right, investing should be very simple. [14-minute read] You've just discovered this thing called FIRE... Financial Independence/Retire Early. It's new, it's exciting, it's very promising... ...but you're scared. You don't know anything about investing! Learning about investing and money seems daunting and about as much fun as watching paint dry! …

Start Your FIRE Journey – Step 3: Track

If you are doing it right, investing should be very simple. Welcome back! This is the third post in the series on beginning your personal journey to Financial Independence. Did you read JL Collins' The Simple Path to Wealth? This was your homework for Step 2: Learn. It is my favorite easy introduction to money …

Start Your FIRE Journey – Step 2: Learn

If you are doing it right, investing should be very simple. This blog series aims to help you tackle the fear of investing, move past it, and take action to start your FIRE journey in as little as two weeks! Welcome back! Apologies for the delay. I had intended to post one step per week …

Start Your FIRE Journey – Step 1: Think

If you are doing it right, investing should be very simple. This blog series aims to help you tackle the fear of investing, move past it, and take action to start your FIRE journey in as little as two weeks! Last week, in the first post of this series, the Introduction, we defined FIRE, discussed …

Start Your FIRE Journey – Introduction: What Is FIRE?

If you are doing it right, investing should be very simple. [TL;DR for post series: Getting started in FIRE and investing is easy, even if you are not a U.S. Citizen.] You've just discovered this thing called FIRE... Financial Independence/Retire Early. It's new, it's exciting, it's very promising... ...but you're scared. You don't know anything …

FWOTW

Frugal Win of the Week... One of my mantras is "Question Everything". This week, it served me well! I have a high-deductible health plan with a fully-funded HSA. But, on a recent doctor visit, I asked about the option to pay cash. In terms of healthcare, that usually just means NOT running the charges through …

The Holidays and Mindful Consumerism

The holidays should not be about indulgent consumerism. If you ask someone what the holidays are all about, you hear words like "family", "friends", "loved ones", "gathering" and "sharing". But if you watch people's actions, you often see something very different... you see people clamoring for Black Friday "bargains", credit card balances skyrocketing, and a …