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What Nomadland Taught Me About FIRE

“You’re going to give away the 60 best prime years of your life for the 20 poorest years of your health.” -Bob Wells, Nomadland I had just finished watching the movie “Nomadland” after hearing that it had won Best Picture at the Oscars this year and this is the quote that stuck out the most for me. Based on the book “Nomadland: Surviving America in the Twenty-First Century,” the movie tells the story of a community of nomads, many of whom lost money during the 2008 financial crisis, who travel continuously around the continental US, live in their vans, work […]

Reader Case: Producers Dreaming of Partial FIRE

Hey all! It’s Friday, so you know what that means…another Reader Case! Hi FIRECracker & Wanderer,  Thank you so much for all you’ve written. I read your book and then found my way to the blog, and have been learning so much! My fiance and I have been planning our future with all these long pandemic evenings at home, and we are so excited about the possibilities your writing has shown us!  I haven’t been able to find any writing on the blog about Partial FI, so I wanted to ask you about it. We both love the work we […]

Is Joe Biden coming for your Money?

US politics has been admittedly kind of boring lately, with the current US president just “going to work” and “doing his job” rather than “threatening to nuke a hurricane” on a daily basis, but I thought it was time to check in with what good ol’ J to the B was up to these days. Turns out, quite a bit! After passing a COVID stimulus bill back in March worth $1.9 trillion, Biden and the Democrats have been rolling out proposal after proposal, each with equally eye-popping price tags. The American Jobs Plan & the American Family Plan unveiled last […]

Reader Case: Semi-Retired Couple Wants a Condo

I can’t believe I’m saying this, but as of this moment, we’re STILL in a lockdown in Toronto. While the US, countries in Europe, and the UK are gradually re-opening, we’re stuck waiting for vaccines. So much for our Canadian moral superiority over the Americans. I guess what’s bad for us is good for you, because that means we have time for another reader case! Hi Kristy & Bryce, I just finished reading devouring Quit Like A Millionaire and loved it. Thank you for creating a finance book that is a legit good read. My husband (dangerously close to 40) […]

Does FIRE Prevent Divorces?

In my last post about not losing yourself in retirement, reader Steve posted an interesting question in the comments: “Any thoughts on the FIRE couples that get divorced? One would think that not having money issues (the #1 stressor for married people) and achieving a monumental goal together would strengthen that bond, but apparently there is more to it.” –Steve This got me thinking. If money, which is the #1 reason why couples break up, is no longer an issue, why are FIRE couples still getting divorced? Now, I’m no relationship expert and this is me taking a wild stab […]

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