I Dream of FIRE

In pursuit of financial independence and personal fulfillment

Month: September 2017 (page 1 of 2)

Dreamcatcher: Posts and podcasts that inspired me this week

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

I Dream of FIRE 30-day experiment #1: Journaling

I’m going to begin a new feature, inspired (for me) by Matt Cutts in this TED talk, to try something new for 30 days.

At the beginning of each month, I’ll pick something that I’ve been meaning to try or that others suggest I should try — hint, hint readers — and document my experience.

I’ll explain the parameters in a post at the beginning of each month, write a mid-point check-in and then share the results in a closing post. If you want to join me in the month’s experiment, I would love to hear in the comments, Twitter or email how your experience is going! Continue reading

16 ways to lower fall energy bills

Here are 16 things you can do as fall approaches to save energy (and money) over the chilly season. Many of these are free or inexpensive, while others will more than pay for themselves over time. Continue reading

2 simple rules that jump-start your productivity

Have you ever had those days where you just don’t have the energy or concentration to get done what you know you need to get done?

I sometimes find myself gravitating toward distraction or busywork — the simple things that maybe need to get done, but aren’t the top thing requiring my attention. It’s frustrating to feel like the inertia of inaction is keeping you from getting stuff done.

I recently learned two tricks that have been really helpful in the short time I’ve been using them. Hopefully they can work for you, too. Continue reading

Retirement is like a freeway exit — once you get there, you’re gonna need directions

It wasn’t my proudest moment. Continue reading

Dreamcatcher: Posts and podcasts that inspired me this week

Welcome to the Dreamcatcher, where I share the best things I read or listened to this week. This one is all posts and no podcasts. Not that I didn’t listen to podcasts, but there just wasn’t anything that sparked inspiration this week. Continue reading

The I Dream of FIRE money map

A while ago, I did a different take on the money map concept by making a visual representation of how much of my money went to each expense. Since then, several bloggers have jumped on the money map chain gang inspired by Apathy Ends, Budget on a Stick and The Luxe Strategist, so I thought I would also add a more conventional money map that shows how my money flows between accounts. Continue reading

Dreamcatcher: Posts and podcasts that inspired me this week

It’s another excellent week of personal finance gold in this edition of the Dreamcatcher. Continue reading

Guest post on Apathy Ends: This store has the lowest prices on everything


Where can you go for a huge selection of name-brand clothing, kitchenware, tools, electronics, toys, home décor, antiques and more at obscenely low prices, all without wading through page after page of Amazon listings?

Head on over to Apathy Ends, where I have a guest post with all the awesome details!

Why have an emergency fund? So you won’t have an emergency

I just had an unexpected expense that would put almost half of Americans into a tight spot financially. Continue reading

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