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Reader Case: Retiring Earlier as an Expat

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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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A few days ago Canada recently announced that they’re removing quarantine restrictions for fully vaccinated travellers. We aren’t fully vaccinated yet (FIRECracker and I both have received only 1 shot), but that development has awoken the traveller part of our brain that has been basically lying dormant for the past year. FIRECracker is already back to furiously checking flights that we might be able to get on once we get our second dose. Dare we dream? Could our nomadic life be on the verge of coming back? Which fits in nicely with today’s reader case, who is also eyeing the […]

Reader Case: Fur Baby 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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The longer I write this blog, the more I realize that there are multiple, sometimes completely unexpected pathways to FIRE. What started off as a purely frugality-based movement has splintered and broadened into so many different sub-types it’s hard to keep track. Now you have not only traditional Fat FIRE and Lean FIRE, you have Side-FIRE (FIRE plus a side hustle), Nomadic FIRE (FIRE via travel), and even Van…FIRE…hmmm…I’m going to have to work on that one a little bit. Well, today I have a new one for you: Fur Baby FIRE. What is Fur Baby FIRE, you may ask? […]

Reader Case: Not Your Typical FIRE Couple

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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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It’s Friday again and guess what that means? Reader Case time! This one really caught my eye because it’s from a reader who’s not your typical FIRE enthusiast: Hi, Really dug your book and online resources and I was encouraged to do this since my fiancĂ© (45) and I (39) are at a crossroads of burnout and don’t fit the typical profile of people we see on the site.  A reader had mentioned wanting to see more non-typical FIRE examples. We are two of your favorite professions in burnout–a plumber (awesome POT) and an acupuncturist/musician (horrible POT- luckily I had […]

Reader Case: Van Living

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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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It’s Friday, so you know what means: Another reader case! Today’s reader case jumped out at me from the pile because it touches on a topic we recently discussed, nomadic van-living. While the movie NomadLand focused mostly on aging Boomers who were forced into the lifestyle for financial reasons, there are a certain number of FIRE people who genuinely enjoy van-life, and want to incorporate it into their post-FIRE lifestyle. Today’s reader is one such person. Enjoy! Hi Kristy & Bryce! I hope this message finds you well.. turbulent times, hoping these vaccines will provide a light at the end […]

Are Unemployed People Refusing to Work?

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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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When the U.S. Department of Labour posted their job gains data for the month of April, it sent a shock wave throughout the financial industry. As the pandemic recedes and the US economy reopens, economists at Bloomberg were widely expecting a hiring spree of around 1,000,000 jobs. Instead, they got about a quarter of that, or 266,000 full-time jobs added to the payroll. Normally, this wouldn’t be that interesting of a story. Financial eggheads get their math wrong, whoop-de-freakin-doo. But the real interesting bit is in the underlying details. Why did hiring miss targets so badly? Because this time, it […]

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