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Reader Case: Producers Dreaming of Partial 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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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 […]

Reader Case: Golden Handcuffs

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  It’s been a while since we’ve done one of these, and now that we’re in ANOTHER lockdown, it’s as good a time as any to open up another reader case.  Ready? Here we go: Hello Firecracker and Wanderer, Long time reader, first time writer. I need a sanity check about whether or not to leave my job.  I know this is a no-brainer for you but hear me out.  I am a U.S. special category federal employee, which means I get benefits that, from what I have heard/read, no longer exist.  My employment category receives an even better pension than most other […]

Reader Case: No Degree. No Problem.

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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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Going through the reader cases in our inbox today, this one immediately caught my eye. Specifically, because of this sentence: “it may expand some reader’s horizons and remove the stigma towards tradespeople”. As someone who grew up being taught under no circumstances should I ever consider getting a certificate in the trades (apparently, I might as well be a prostitute) or blue-collar work (given that my Dad once worked in a factory, I find that a tad hypocritical, but you don’t question a man who’s survived a famine and 10 years in a labour camp), this reader’s story blew my […]

Reader Case: Dentist in Debt

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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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Gross/net annual income – ~$125000 USD. I recently got a job in the public sector, but am hoping to get a part time job in the private sector to supplement my income. Monthly spending Rent – 1225 (just moved to a cheaper place. I live in PDX.) Disability Insurance – 216 Cellphone service – 36 Internet – 38 Electric – 70 Hulu – 1.99 Renter’s Insurance – 11 Car Insurance – 66 Malpractice – 82 Gas – $90 For “fun” spending, I try to keep it between $1200-1400 per month (I’m working on curbing that more…mostly reducing clothes shopping) Debt Dental […]

From Broke and Homeless to $100k in 1 Year

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“Your book changed my life” That was the subject line of an email we recently got, so of course we had to read it. Inside was one of the most inspiring stories that have ever crossed our inbox, and the fact that our book had even a minor role to play in that was beyond humbling. So we reached out to the reader asking if they’d mind if we shared their story with our audience, and to our surprise they graciously agreed to be interviewed. This is her story. In 2019, you were in a pretty bad place. Can you […]

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