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The Cost Effective Time Machine


Riding a motorcycle is one of those great American pastimes.  There’s something very liberating about just being on the open road and feeling the wind brush against you as you race down the highway.  There’s a freedom to it that just doesn’t exist when driving a car.  Yes, you can get a similar feeling riding a bicycle, and I love…

The Quest for 1,000,000 UR Points


Credit Card churning is something that goes hand-in-hand with the whole FIRE and slow travel mentality.  If you are going to be traveling around and there’s a company out there that will give you a handsome sum to do something you are doing anyway, why not?  At the moment we’re approaching 1 Million Chase Ultimate Rewards points, and here’s some…

Guest Post: You Get What You Pay For


Our post this week come from Mrs. PickyPincher over at pickypinchers.com.  They’re working their way from debt to FIRE and documenting all the trials and lessons they are coming across as they go.  She was kind enough to help us out and let us know that you should really consider all the costs to what you are buying.  Some times it…

Mother’s Day Special: Helping My Mom Save Money


Let’s be honest, if you are reading this, you’ve probably come across some great ways to cut back on spending and save some serious cash.  I’m sure you’ve already implemented many things within your daily life to accomplish this.  There are many major ways to get your finances in order that take time and knowledge in order to complete.  However, there…

Why Early Retirement Makes You an A**hole


It’s really amazing the vitriol that the FIRE community generates when they are exposed to the main population. That’s impossible, You can’t do that! You’re a bum! Must be nice to be a filthy rich spoiled brat! All of us in this community tend to reply: Hey, it’s not that hard, you just have to want it and make it…

The iPhone and My Ignorance


There’s a certain amount of trepidation that comes with experiencing the unknown.  Whether it’s walking into a party and not knowing anyone, or trying out a new skill, everyone has self-doubt. Enter The Interns Mrs. Wow has a profession where she mentors a lot of interns.  She loves teaching them the ropes of the profession and giving them sage financial advice.…

How We Cut Our Phone Bill in Half


One way that the Mr and I have saved money on our path to financial independence is by changing our phone plan. Side note: this is based on US phone company plans.  Who here has a phone? My guess is most of you just raised your hand. Ok, maybe not literally, but you get what I am saying.  According to a recent…

Balance – Living vs FIREing


Today, I wanted to talk a little about balance.  I was reading my favorite sub-reddit and an interesting discussion popped up.  Basically, asking the crowd, how do you balance living your life and your fire plans.  And actually, I just read another post about this very thing,  Tonya at Budget & the Beach was talking about deciding to book a…

The first step is hardest


In my many years on this planet I’ve learned a couple things.  Some are more obvious, some are more personal.  Some are really technical, some are more simple and matter of fact.  But, when it comes to making things happen, there’s one thing that I’ve learned and it’s the first step is the hardest.  I know, I know cliched as…