Reader Case: I’m Scared I Screwed Up My Family’s Future

I know everyone’s doom-scrolling the news right now about what’s happening in the Ukraine, so I thought we’d all take a break from the daily news by doing a reader case. I can’t even say I chose this reader case because honestly, this time, this reader case chose me. I simply couldn’t look away. A slow moving train wreck that’s impossible to ignore, this reader case serves as a warning for other’s not to get into the same situation because, as the reader says, “I’m embarrassed at my financial mistakes …but…maybe it can help others.” Dear Firecracker and Wanderer, Firstly […]

How I Got Over My Fear of Early Retirement

I never thought a Marvel movie would teach me something about early retirement but that’s exactly what happened the other day when I watched Dr. Strange (shout out to my pal and Marvel fanboy Alan Donegan who showed it to me). For those of you who haven’t seen the movie, the gist of it is Dr. Strange, a world-renowned brain surgeon and with an ego as big as his ridiculous goatee, gets into a car accident, loses the use of his hands, and his identity as a result. In a request to heal his hands, he heads to Tibet to […]

Chautauqua 2022: Come Join Your FI Tribe!

Chautauqua 2022 is sold out! I can’t believe I am writing this just 18 hours after tickets went on sale to Chautauqua 2022 but the event is now sold out.  Thank you so much for your interest.  If you would like to join the wait list encase someone has to drop out you can or you can sign up to the mailing list to hear about the 2023 event before the general public.  After a 2-year hiatus due to the pandemic, we’re seeing a ton of interest for Chautauqua this year, so if you already know what it’s about and want to sign up, […]

Reader Case: Should this professional actor buy a home?

One of the reasons why we got a book deal was because a Hollywood actress read our blog and enthusiastically plugged us to her literary agent. So, when I saw this reader case in my inbox from another Hollywood actor, it immediately grabbed my attention: Hello Firecracker! Huge fan and admirer of yours! I’m Sam (a pseudonym for privacy purposes) and I’m a professional actor in my 30s in the tv/film industry.   I have an S-Corporation, but for simplicity, I have combined my personal and corporate income/expenses in these figures.  A large portion of my expenses are because I rent […]

How FIRE Changes Your Perception of Time

Back in 2014, the year before I quit my job to travel the world, there was only one picture on my phone I’d taken that whole year, and this was it: This was a bacon latte I had at a board game café in Toronto, on a rare weekend where I wasn’t working overtime or writing my first novel, finally spending time with friends. It wasn’t the best latte I’d ever had, but as far as interesting things happening in my life, this strange, confusing concoction (meat and coffee, together at last!) was it. Life was a blur back then, […]

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