I Dream of FIRE

In pursuit of financial independence and personal fulfillment

Month: January 2018

Dreamcatcher: Posts and podcasts that inspired me this week

Welcome to the Dreamcatcher, where I share the content that inspired me in some way in the past week. This week, I didn’t listen to any podcasts (gasp!), but I watched some videos that inspired me. Maybe I need to tweak that headline? Continue reading

10 punk rock songs for the frugal badass

Kanye West and Jay-Z can sing about living the expensive life, and 50 Cent can be broke as hell and still pretend to be rich. But punk rockers don’t play that game. They get by on minimalism, DIY and not caring what other people think. Here are 10 punk songs to help you get your frugal on. Continue reading

Dreamcatcher: Posts and podcasts that inspired me this week

Welcome to the Dreamcatcher, where I share the things that inspired me in some way this week — to act, to ponder, to think differently. Continue reading

Our completely ridiculous 2017 spending recap

I’m in a bit of shock right now.

For the first time ever, I’ve completely consolidated our annual household spending on one spreadsheet. My wife and I maintain separate financial accounts, although we each have full access to all of them, and while we talk about our finances fairly often we stay at the big picture level and don’t obsess at a micro level.

This was an eye-opening exercise.

I’m not going to lie, this isn’t a post I’m particularly happy about writing. As much as we like to think we’re fairly frugal and avoid most frivolous spending, there’s just no way around the math. Continue reading

5 things new college grads can do to kickstart their career

Today I have a fantastic guest post from J, a twenty-something professional and lover of side hustles. She built a $200,000 net worth and paid off $100,000 debt by 27 years old. Continue reading

Dreamcatcher: Posts and podcasts that inspired me this week

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

Update: I finally listened to that advice y’all gave me

Remember  when I asked for your help deciding whether I should cut my losses on some ETFs in my Roth IRA or hang on and wait for a turnaround? Well I finally listened. Continue reading

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