Is it Fair for Companies to Slash Pay for Remote Workers?

With the pandemic slowly receding into the rearview mirror and earning an average of…hmmm, let’s see…0 out of 5 stars on Yelp for, and I quote, “sucking ass,” now seems to be a good time to sit back and reflect on why none of us want to ever do this ever again. But even though the pandemic was (and in many parts of the world, still is) a horrible experience for everyone, there are a few rays of positive change that managed to sneak their way through the gloomy, COVID-infected storm-clouds. I’m talking, of course, about all the socially accepted […]

Reader Case: Military Family Nearing FIRE

As FIRECracker recently mentioned, we’ve been dealing with seemingly back-to-back family emergencies lately. Everyone’s fine now, and as a result we’re going to try to get back into our “normal” rhythm of two articles a week. So on that note, FRIDAY READER CASE TIME! Today’s email comes from the US of A, with a big-income-big-spending family coming from a rather unlikely field: The military! Hello from the Southern USA! Just finished “Quit Like a Millionaire” this weekend which led me to your blog. Been binge reading posts and saw the option to write you both. First I want to say […]

It Just Got Easier to Have Your Student Loans Forgiven

There’s been a ton of political intrigue coming out of Washington in recent weeks. President Biden is trying to push through a $3.5 trillion infrastructure spending bill that the Republicans are hell-bent on blocking. There’s a big brouhaha in Texas about abortion rights. And the debt ceiling almost didn’t get raised, potentially threatening the credit of the US government (again!). All those stories have already been covered by the mainstream media, so I’m not going to rehash those here. But one story caught my eye when it briefly popped up on my newsfeed for a day before being buried by […]

Reader Case: Can I Retire on an Office Administrator’s Salary?

It’s been a while since we did a reader case study, so I thought I’d dig into the old mail bag today and see if there are any interesting ones. Enjoy! Hello Bryce & Kristy! First of all, thank you so much for reading this email!! Love your work! I read your book & started following your blog back in January 2020 & have been following the FIRE community since early 2018. We may not be your typical reader case since we own a home (& love it) & want to have a kid. (Totally opposite from you guys, haha.) We are very young […]

How to Get Free Bitcoin

I’m honestly not sure why so many people have such a hard-on for crypto. At this point, we now personally know nearly all the major FIRE bloggers out there and of the ones that successfully reached FIRE, most got there by investing their money in index funds, with some doing it through rental real estate. Nobody got there by investing in crypto. The biggest reason for this is that cryptocurrency is a speculative investment with no intrinsic value. Even if someone did make millions off Bitcoin, it would be completely unreproducible. “How did you become a millionaire?” “Oh, I bought […]

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