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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…

Going For a Bike Ride- Part 3


To the typical rebuttal to the frugal way of life, and working toward our FI plans: But, what if you get hit by a bus? Well… I did, sort of.  This is Part 3.  You can catch up on Part 1 & Part 2. Here’s a brief update on what’s happened since the last installment: There’s been no movement on the…

Going For Bike Ride – Part 2


When it comes to the arguments against FI most people always resort back to the tried and true: But, what if you get hit by a bus? Well, I did (er, a car, but still). This is a continuation of Part 1. Before we go further, I want to make it clear. I never intended to sue the girl that hit me,…

Not all Detours Are Created Equal


Today’s post happens to be a guest post I did for our friend Tonya over at Budget and the Beach. Here’s a glimpse: I’ll begin by telling you a story. It was before we fully went down the FIRE rabbit hole.  At this time we were still somewhat thrifty and attempted to keep costs down, but I digress: Story Time…

That Time We Spent Too Much On a Football Game


Remember when the Baltimore Ravens beat the San Fransisco 49ers in Super Bowl XLVII or when Beyonce was the halftime act or when the power went out and the game was delayed? We were totally there!! We delightfully watched a great game, right up until the end when my Niners fell to Mr. Wow’s Ravens (still pains me to say that) (It…

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…

Accuracy vs Precision 


Being a data guy, I constantly get asked questions about how precise something is or how accurate it is.  Most people tend to use these words interchangeably as if they are synonyms.  When in actuality they mean two very different and distinct things.  Yes, they both pertain to measurements and data and a variety of other things, but there is…

Lines and Bars


Given the title of this post, I’m sure you thinking we’re going to be discussing how to get into the hottest night club in town.  How to avoid all the lines and cover charges and how to keep your tab under a reasonable number for an evening of boozing with you and all your friends.  Well… sorry to disappoint you.…

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…

Keeping Goals Top of Mind


Setting goals is something that everyone needs to do.  When it comes to becoming financially independent, goal setting is something that is vital.  You need to plan out your path, you need to understand how you are going to get where you want to go, and you need to lay out the steps along the way.  I’m sure, like us,…