In pursuit of financial independence and personal fulfillment

Author: I Dream of FIRE (Page 2 of 27)

I'm a personal finance blogger slowly working toward financial independence. I started to really take control of my money at 34, and have been immersed in the FIRE (financial independence/retire early) movement the past three years. I live in Utah with my wife and 5-year-old daughter and have two college-age stepsons.

Airport lounges – the travel perk I never knew I needed

“We’ll put out bacon and eggs at 7. There’s coffee, cereal and bagels on the counter and a full bar in the back,” the chipper hostess offered as she scanned our boarding passes. “Drinks are complimentary. Welcome to The Club at LAS. I’ll show you around.”

It’s 6:58 a.m. on a Sunday in Las Vegas’s McCarran International Airport. My wife and I have already been awake almost 5 hours – our 6-year-old daughter, Vivian, about 4 hours. I expected to spend the next three hours eating McDonald’s off my lap and trying to tune out whatever TV news station was sure to be droning even above the pings and payouts of the cluster of slot machines in the center of the terminal gates.

Instead, I’m being led to a magical land of free bacon, free coffee, free drinks, a muted TV (still showing the news, of course), comfortable chairs, tables, and really good jazz playing softly in the background.

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My advice on mini-retirements, one year after my own

A year ago, I was wrapping up my last day of work, shaking hands and enjoying sugary goodness with co-workers, kind of freaking out over having my name and picture on CNN and being unmasked as the guy behind I Dream of FIRE. I was starting my mini-retirement.

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Want to make a change? Make it now

There’s no time like the present to get started on that change you’ve been meaning to make.

No, really. Do it now.

Otherwise, you’re likely just going to keep putting it off.

Let me explain. Continue reading

Talking financial coaching on the Silicon Slopes Life podcast

I recently sat down with Andrew Diaz, a fellow ChooseFI SLC member and a successful real estate agent, to talk about Live Your Way Financial Coaching.

We discuss how a coach differs from some of the other financial professionals out there, how coaching can help people in any situation, and why having a super-expensive car might be just fine.

Andrew’s Silicon Slopes Life podcast explores different aspects of the communities near where we live, but the topics — including this podcast — are not necessarily Utah-specific.

Check out the podcast here.

A lesson learned through credit card fraud

I was halfway between home and our weekend getaway destination in Idaho when I got the email from Chase Fraud Alert.

“Action needed: Please confirm you made this purchase.”

The business description wasn’t obvious, but I knew I hadn’t actually used the card in question this month. I’m working on the minimum spend for a different card.

Crap. Continue reading

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