Reader Case: I Own 4 Houses, Can I Retire?
It’s Friday, and you know what that means: time for another reader case! Now, I’ve just realized that it’s been a while since we did a housing-heavy case study. These are always a bitch to parse through because of the sheer volume of numbers involved, but what can I say? I like pain (just ask FIRECracker). So I dug into my trusty pile of reader cases for a good housing-related one and as usual our readers did not disappoint. Hi, I first heard about your blog this evening and have spend the last 5 hours pouring through your posts, which […]
Guest Post on GoCurryCracker: Explore. Dream. Discover.
Hey y’all! To switch things up, we’re guest posting on GoCurryCracker today, one of our favourite FIRE blogs that inspired us to retire and travel the world. If you haven’t read GoCurryCracker before, the blog is written by Jeremy and Winnie, who retired in 2012 at the ages of 38 and 33 to travel the world! Shortly after they retired, they had a little boy, and now they travel the world as a family, proving that the nomadic life is absolutely possible with kids. If you’re wondering what “GoCurryCracker” means , here’s the funny story behind Jeremy’s quirky blog name. Here’s the […]
Let’s Go Exploring! Portugal’s Douro Valley and the Weirdest Food Ever
I’m not a big wine drinker. My vices are Sichuan hot-pot, shrooms, and Belgian lambic cherry beer, in that order. In fact, the last time we were in San Francisco for a wedding, I skipped Napa Valley and went to Alcatraz instead. So I wasn’t keen on the idea of visiting the Douro Valley, the oldest demarcated wine region in the world, just a 2 hour train ride from Porto. Despite it being a World Heritage Site, and despite our AirBnb host insisting we have to go, I didn’t feel the urge. It wasn’t until I saw an ad for “Quinta […]
The F*ck-over-ability Index
Click here to jump right to the calculator at the bottom. A few years ago on a business trip down to New York I met up with one of my more colourful buddies in a Manhattan bar for drinks. Let’s call him Alex, though for privacy reasons, that’s not his real name. Alex and I were old classmates, and while I had stayed in Canada to work at a tech firm, he had moved to New York and gotten a job at one of the big banks on Wall Street. Evidently he’d been pretty good at it, as he was […]
Case Study: Big Dreams With Big Debt
Hey y’all! It’s Friday, so you know what that means…READER CASE TIME. Now, because we have a MASSIVE reader case backlog, we tend to be pretty selective. We only want to feature the cases that we believe will help the most number of people. So when we first looked at this reader case and saw the words “actively seeking to invest in cryptocurrencies,” my first instinct was to throw up my hands and go “Forget it. This guy’s toast.” But as I read farther, I was surprised to find that even though this reader’s situation seems dire, when you MathShitUp, you […]