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Reader Case: Am I Fake FIRE?

Today’s reader case comes from the Czech Republic (now Czechia). I loved Prague when we visited, Czechia will always hold a special place in our heart for the classical medieval architecture combined with metal-ass churches made out of real human bones. So without further ado, let’s see how our Eastern European reader is doing, shall we? Hey FIRECracker & Wanderer, This might not be your typical case study request. I believe I am already FI, or getting really close. But all things might not be what they seem.  We are a family of four living in Eastern Europe. About ten years […]

Reader Case: Single Mom Wonders Whether Real Estate Beats Stocks

While going through my reader case queue, this one caught my attention. This reader about to give birth and it immediately took me back to my labour and first months with Little Matchstick. Wow, time flies. He’s already 6 months old but it somehow feels like it was just weeks ago that he was born, but also at the same time a whole decade. Time feels weird when you are a mom. Kind of like how time gets warped when you’re retired and travelling. Anyway, I digress. I’m really interested in this reader case because not only is this reader […]

Reader Case: Same Sex Couple Wants to Retire Early Overseas

Guess what time it is? Reader case time! Hi! We are a same sex married couple currently in the US (S is in her mid 40s working here on 10 yr employer sponsored visa and T is in her 50s). We stumbled onto FIRE concept and your great book / blog a few years ago so we are late to the game, but since then we’ve slowly but certainly changed our spending and savings habits. Our current net worth (according to Empower) is around $1.1M, and our goal ·         Is to retire together in 5 years if possible (T has multiple […]

Joe Biden: Good or Bad for the FIRE Movement?

As the US enters an election year, the news media has become filled with talking heads and opinion pieces either excoriating the President Biden as worse than Hitler, or the best president to have ever done the job. Both extremes are exaggerated to get clicks, of course, but whether Joe Biden’s been a good or bad president really depends on who you ask. Every president passes policies that benefit one group of people at the expense of others. That’s the nature of the game. Depending on which group you happen to be in, you’ve seen those policies benefit, or hurt, […]

Reader Case: Is Our Age Gap OK?

I recently got an email with the subject line “Is our age gap a blessing or a curse?” and I giggled a bit. Because that’s a question that if you have to ask it, the answer is almost always “Dude, I’m pretty sure that’s a felony.” So on that note, let’s see what kind of felony our reader is committing, shall we? Hello Firecracker and Wanderer, It was really nice that I come across your book in a Facebook group for FIRE and since I have read your book twice and the simple path to wealth once and now I […]

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