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Reader Case: Lawyer in Pain

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FIRECracker is a world-travelling early retiree. She used to live in one of the most expensive cities in Canada, but instead of drowning in debt, she rejected home ownership. What resulted was a 7-figure portfolio, which has allowed her and her husband to retire at 31 and travel the world. Their story has been featured on CBC, the Huffington Post, CNBC, BNN, Business Insider, and Yahoo Finance. To date, it is the most shared story in CBC history and their viral video on CBC's On the Money has garnered 4.5 Million views.
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Today’s reader case comes from a pair of professionals that are high earning, but not high-happiness. Let’s dive into their story! Hello Kristy/Bryce Apology in advance for the long email. I am a huge fan of your book and was really inspired by your candid stories. I have been hearing about FIRE movement 5 years ago but I never felt it would be possible for us to achieve until I read your book, especially the FI journey you detailed at the back of your book. A little bit about us. My husband and I are both in our mid-30s. I […]

Reader Case: Real Estate Regret

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The Wanderer retired from his engineering job at a major Silicon Valley semiconductor company at the age of 33. He now travels the world, seeking out knowledge from other wealthy people, so that he can teach people how to become Financially Independent themselves.
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Today’s case study came with an irresistible subject line, and before you all start accusing me of making that headline up for the clicks, it was the reader who came up with it, so shaddup. CASE STUDY – Real Estate Regret ————————– Hello FIRECracker and Wanderer, I binge read your entire blog! I am also an East Asian female who used to work in IT. And it’s really great reading about you guys! Finally I feel represented in the FIRE space! I’ve been pursuing Financial Independence since 2015, but I only started reading your blog 1 month ago, since I […]

Reader Case: Grounded in Vancouver and Dreaming of FIRE

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The Wanderer retired from his engineering job at a major Silicon Valley semiconductor company at the age of 33. He now travels the world, seeking out knowledge from other wealthy people, so that he can teach people how to become Financially Independent themselves.
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Lately FIRECracker’s developed the bad habit of scrolling through our old travel photos (and by “old”, I mean from like 3 months ago). “Hey, cut it out!” I’d say whenever I caught her doing it. “You’re just going to make yourself feel bad.” And then she would look up at me, her lip quivering and a single tear rolling down her cheek. “I want my smokey chicken.” Well, it looks like we’re not the only one feeling this way. Hello FIRECracker and Wanderer, Greetings from here in lockdown Vancouver. Everyone says it’s so nice here, but when you’re stuck inside […]

Reader Case: Financial Independence After a LayOff?

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FIRECracker is a world-travelling early retiree. She used to live in one of the most expensive cities in Canada, but instead of drowning in debt, she rejected home ownership. What resulted was a 7-figure portfolio, which has allowed her and her husband to retire at 31 and travel the world. Their story has been featured on CBC, the Huffington Post, CNBC, BNN, Business Insider, and Yahoo Finance. To date, it is the most shared story in CBC history and their viral video on CBC's On the Money has garnered 4.5 Million views.
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Since we’re no longer travelling, it’s getting harder and harder to keep track of the days. Thankfully Google Calendar was on the ball and reminded me it’s Friday today. You know what that means. It’s time for a reader case!   Hello, I LOVED your book and am a big fan of your philosophy. With the recent pandemic, my company, decided to implement a RIF (Reduction in Force). I was subject to the casualty and after 24 1/2 years with the company, they decided to let me go with a severance package that’ll pay me through the end of November. […]

Reader Case: House Horny in Florida

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This morning I woke up and realized it’s been a long time since I did a rent-vs-buy reader case. So I thought I’d dust off the ol’ “Housing” Gmail folder and take one for a spin. I’m weird like that. It’s getting hot here in Fort Lauderdale, Florida and I don’t mean just the temperature. My wife and I are being tempted to buy a house (gasp!) due to rising rents and the fact that we have a little baby girl due in July 2020. We feel like we’ve been doing well in our financial situation but have gotten confused […]

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