I Dream of FIRE

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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

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.

This month, my 30-day experiment is to be more present in life. With that in mind, this will be my last post until the new year. My parents are coming into town today, and we’ve got a bunch of great stuff lined up. Thank you so much for coming to I Dream of FIRE! Until January, have a great holiday and an awesome New Year’s. Continue reading

Don’t compare your middle to someone else’s beginning

I often see the quote “Don’t compare your beginning to someone else’s middle,” encouraging people to have perspective when comparing where they are on their own journey to those aspirational figures ahead of them.

It’s a reminder to us that we can improve, and over time we can achieve as much as or more than those whom we see today as being at the next level or where we want to be. And that’s good advice. You won’t get better if you start off too discouraged to even try.

I’ve been thinking about that quote lately, and I wonder: Why do we never see it reversed? Continue reading

The 12 Days of FI Christmas music video

As far as I’m concerned, the original “12 Days of Christmas” is for the birds. I’ve got nothing against 12 drummers drumming, but what am I going to do with seven swans, six geese, four calling birds, a trio of French hens, a pair of turtle doves and a partridge?

That’s why I’m so freakin’ excited to share this video with you. This is the 12 days of Christmas gifts as they should be for anyone serious about seeking financial independence. We’re talking passive income, assets, money smarts and good habits. Because outside of the five golden rings, that original song was just a money pit delaying your financial freedom.

Join me, Budget Epicurean and My Sons Father as we imagine a more profitable “12 Days of FI Christmas” gifted by some of the most recognizable (Lego) faces in the personal finance blog space. Continue reading

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