People often think of money as the goal — what we’re all after that will make our lives easier or better. But money is just the concept by which we measure the value of something. It is only a proxy for something else.
What is that something else? Continue reading
Well, this is a birthday to remember! Not only is today my last day of work before I start my mini-retirement, but I’m also featured in a CNN Money story about it.
Being a source in a major media outlet requires taking off the mask of semi-anonymity I’ve been wearing since starting I Dream of FIRE in June. Since the main reason I went that route was to keep my blog separate from my work identity — and my mini-retirement makes that unnecessary — I guess that means I’m going public. Continue reading
I’ve started doing some pro bono calls to help people in debt understand their finances better and make a plan to put their debt behind them.
In just the few calls I’ve had, I’ve been surprised how many different ways there are to accrue debt that aren’t just the stereotypical splurging on consumer goods. Debt is a complex animal, and it burrows in, lunges out and breeds in unique ways for each family and situation.
There are, however, some universal suggestions to help anyone in debt move toward a better situation. Here are my top tips. Continue reading
Reactions have been interesting since I announced my intention to take a mini-retirement.
I’ve heard from so many people who have done just what I plan to do. Most of them describe it as a pivotal experience of their lives — a time when their vision of what they wanted out of life crystallized in ways they hadn’t anticipated when it began.
I want to soak up as many lessons as I can from everyone who tells me about these experiences.
Today’s post is written by Jimmy McMillan, a life insurance expert who specializes is finding affordable coverage for people with heart conditions (like me) who often end up paying more than they should because they don’t know how to find the best provider. I actually met Jimmy on the train from the airport headed to FinCon, and the idea for this post was born then. You can see more of Jimmy’s work at heartlifeinsurance.com. Continue reading