I Dream of FIRE

In pursuit of financial independence and personal fulfillment

Month: August 2017 (page 1 of 2)

Is an employee stock purchase plan a good deal?

My wife works for a Silicon Valley mega corp. Recently, her boss was talking up the incredible benefit of the company employee stock purchase plan. He couldn’t understand why people would pass up the chance to buy company stock at a discount.

I had seen The Friendly Russian’s write-up about his company’s killer ESPP, and my wife and I talked about whether that was something we wanted to take advantage of when the enrollment period for her company’s plan came around.

Recently, she got an email outlining the plan and announcing the next open enrollment period. So, I did what any good investor does: math. Continue reading

Dreamcatcher: Posts and podcasts that inspired me this week

Welcome to the Dreamcatcher, where I share the posts and podcasts that inspired me in some way over the past week. Continue reading

It pays to admit when you’re wrong

I have no problem reminding myself and others that I’m often wrong.

You ever been wrong? Happened to me. Continue reading

Dreamcatcher: Posts and podcasts that inspired me this week

Welcome to the Dreamcatcher, where I share the posts and podcasts I found this week that made me think differently about something or inspired me. Continue reading

Scotch Street – My guest post with a smoky twist

Today I’ve got a guest post over on Stock Street, writing for the Scotch Street feature. Basically I had to drink some Scotch and then write a stream of consciousness post about something personal finance related.

I first read Stock Street’s “Scotch Street – Jura Origin” post and liked the idea. I offered to guest post, and my offer was accepted. I decided to tell the twisted tale of my very few individual stock purchases: one not so good, one pretty good and one exceptional. Head on over and see what I write when I get a few drams of Bowmore Legend in me to loosen up the fingers.

Breaking in my travel hacking baby shoes

Spend any length of time on personal finance sites and you’re bound to run into stories about using credit card rewards points to travel for significantly less than paying cash. I’ve always wondered how it works and whether it’s really better than my cash-back option. Continue reading

Financial independence would be a terrible thing to happen to me right now

You read that right. The guy with the blog named I Dream of FIRE doesn’t actually want that dream to come true quite yet.

Why?

I fear what would happen if I suddenly came into enough money to be set for life. That kind of life change requires a solid plan to work out well, and right now I don’t have that. Continue reading

Dreamcatcher: The posts and podcasts that inspired me this week

Here are the best posts and podcasts that inspired me this week. This week I didn’t have as much time to read, so you’ve got a couple of amazing podcasts and one superb post. Continue reading

A visual look at where all of my money goes

Have you ever thought about where your money ended up, cradle to grave? Not just the money that shows up in your checking account every pay period, but all the employer benefits, the taxes, and the random birthday checks?

I was inspired to create a money map after seeing The Luxe Strategist’s take on the concept (which she borrowed from Budget on a Stick and Apathy Ends). Continue reading

Dreamcatcher: The posts and podcasts that inspired me this week

Check out the best personal finance content that I found inspiring and educational this week. Continue reading

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