I Dream of FIRE

In pursuit of financial independence and personal fulfillment

Month: July 2017 (page 1 of 2)

Dreamcatcher: Posts and podcasts that inspired me this week

Welcome to the Dreamcatcher, the personal finance posts and podcasts that inspired me this week. Continue reading

Coming to terms with all the debt I never thought we had

As I scan the personal finance blog sites and headlines, I can’t help but notice how many people paid off big chunks of debt.

“See how we paid off $56K of debt”
“I crushed $24,000 in student loans in one year!”
“Our journey out of $83K of consumer debt”
“I paid off $40,000 in debt, and you can, too”

I’ve largely ignored these stories, because I don’t really feel like they apply to me. I’ve never defined my financial situation around debt. But I’m just now coming around to think about the debt we’ve already paid and debt have today and realizing these stories are more relevant to me than I thought. Continue reading

I’m probably making a stupid money decision, and I need your help

Do as I say, and not as I do.

Today, I’m going to confess to a bit of ongoing financial stupidity that I’m fully aware goes against multiple best practices. Continue reading

Dreamcatcher: Posts and podcasts that inspired me this week

This week’s posts and podcasts that inspired me are more about attitude and the journey of personal finance than the numbers. If you have the right attitude, the numbers will come; if you don’t have the right attitude, the numbers aren’t going to matter when you get there. I still have plenty of work on both fronts, so it’s great to hear from people who have good advice for the adventure. Continue reading

I’m wired wrong – I spend more with cash than with credit

One of the oft-cited tricks to break people of their consumerist spending habits is to pay for everything with cash instead of credit. The theory goes — and research and other people’s experiences have shown — that people spend less when they have to fork over actual green vs. swiping plastic.

I’ve seen the opposite effect for me. Continue reading

Dreamcatcher: Posts and podcasts that inspired me this week

Here are the best posts and podcasts I found this week, the ones that inspired me. Continue reading

I got my MBA at the flea market

When my grandpa retired, he wanted a hobby to occupy his time. So he would go to garage sales, business closings, warehouse sales, etc. and buy tools, boxes of screws and nails, Army surplus and all sorts of other random stuff.

On the weekend, he would go to the flea market and sell it. Continue reading

Daughter IDoF answers the hard money questions for The Lady in the Black

Daughter IDoF does her impression of The Lady in the Black. This was totally unplanned.

Looks like my 5-year-old daughter is the first in the family to land a guest post on another personal finance blog. I’m going to have to pick it up! Continue reading

Dreamcatcher: Posts and podcasts that inspired me this week

These were the posts and podcasts I found this week that inspired me — to think, to take action, to be grateful for what I have. Continue reading

This Internet search could save you big money fixing a broken appliance

You can potentially save hundreds of dollars by doing one simple Internet search before you order parts to fix an appliance on the fritz. Continue reading

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