I Dream of FIRE

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The huge difference between being in debt and having debt

Who do you picture in your mind when you think of “people in debt”?

Is it someone struggling to pay the bills, not sure where next month’s housing payment is going to come from or how to put gas in the car because the credit card is topped off?

Do you think of people with lots of expensive clothes, pricey cars, and lavish furnishings throughout their picturesque home, knowing full well they’re leveraged up to their kids’ eyeballs when she’s riding on daddy’s shoulders?

Or maybe you think of a new college graduate just finding out what all those years of schooling are really going to cost over the next decade as they begin to make their way in the world.

But how often do you think of someone who has their financial house in order, plenty of money to cover expenses, and a good balance between enjoying life now and delaying gratification for the future? Because maybe you should. Continue reading

The ‘Waiting to Enact Our FIRE Plans’ Lego Christmas music video

After the incredible response to last year’s “12 Days of FI Christmas” Lego music video, I couldn’t pass up the chance to put out a new holiday ditty.

For 2018, a whole new cast of 20 (!!!!) Lego-fied personal finance bloggers takes to the screen in “Waiting to Enact Our FIRE Plans,” a send-up of “Walking in a Winter Wonderland.”

The talented My Sons Father created and photographed most of the Lego characters again this year, and Joel from FI180 wrote an amazing musical arrangement and sang those silky smooth vocals. I wrote the lyrics and storyline and put the video together. Continue reading

What my 7 months of mini-retirement has looked like

A little over seven months ago I made a major life change, leaving a stable, high-paying job to take a yearlong mini-retirement.

I had loosely defined visions for what I would do with this time, but no significant plans per se. I more envisioned my mini-retirement as a field to wander around than a new path to follow.

What I’ve found is that the things I thought I would do have not been as prominent as I expected, and some things I had not expected have opened up. I am not ready to call this overall experiment a success or failure. I don’t think it would be possible to summarize the whole thing in those terms anyway.

But I can say what I’ve done, what I haven’t, what lived up to my expectations and what has surprised me. Continue reading

How to find the best credit card for you

There are hundreds of credit card options out there, and deciding which one to choose can be a tough task. There is no one best card. It’s all about picking the right credit card for your financial situation.

With that in mind, here’s a guide to what you should look for based on your goals, habits and finances. Continue reading

Self-care is not an optional expense

I’ve spent thousands of dollars I hadn’t planned to spend this calendar year.

I’ve broken out the credit card for several mastermind groups, purchased nutritional supplements, gotten extra massages, booked more travel, and begrudgingly bought shoes faster than I would like.

Why? Well, I’m starting to better recognize when not paying for something actually costs more than the sticker price. Continue reading

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