I Dream of FIRE

In pursuit of financial independence and personal fulfillment

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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

RIP Chuck (why FIRE is worth the pursuit)

My heart sank as soon as I saw the email’s subject line.


In December, we feted Chuck’s 30-year career at the university as everyone in the building wished the long-time maintenance chief a fond farewell and good luck in his new adventures in retirement. He was 64 and ready to set off with his wife to enjoy the great outdoors as a ranger at Yellowstone, a retirement they had been looking forward to for a long time. Continue reading

Dreamcatcher: Posts and podcasts that inspired me this week

Welcome to the Dreamcatcher, a round-up of the posts and podcasts that inspired me in some way this week. Continue reading

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

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