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Reader Case: House Hacker Dreams 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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Happy Monday everyone! It’s been a while since we’ve done a reader case, so I thought I’d dive into the ol’ mail bag and see what we can find. Today’s reader’s approach to FIRE is using a strategy called House Hacking, so this should be fun. Let’s dive in, shall we? Hey good afternoon, Hopefully you two are doing well and getting to enjoy your FIRE life.  First off, I wanted to say thanks for your book and blog, they have re-lite the FIRE for me.  I’ve read most of the common FIRE books and blogs over the past years, […]

Reader Case: Is FIRE Attainable for this VanLife 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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Since our inbox is filling up with lots of reader cases, it’s time for another one : Hey Kristy and Bryce! I just finished “Quit Like a Millionaire” for the second time in as many weeks, and just wanted to shoot you a thank you. While it’s certainly not the first book I’ve read on FIRE/related topics, it’s certainly one of the most updated, concise, and helpful! I’m at an impasse, hoping you can help. Here’s my situation: Married, in our late 30s We live in a converted van, work full time, and travel the US Income / Expenses: ~$114k […]

Reader Case: Lean FIRE or buy a ski studio?

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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 reader case jumped out at me from the subject line, mainly because it might be the most Canadian reader case I’ve ever heard. Don’t believe me? Check it: Hello Firecracker! As a fellow Canadian, I really love your book and blog where I can find not only US centric insights! I am in my mid 30s and on track to reach my FI number of 600k in a year or so with 522k investments in index funds. Once I reach 600k, my original plan is to continue working to save up 1 year expenses in cash so that I […]

Making Work From Home Permanent

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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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Before the pandemic, hustling was seen as a badge of honour. People went to cubical farms, put in long hours, swore, and got stuck in traffic during their commutes, rushed through family dinners, woke groggily to a 6am alarm, only to repeat the entire cycle again. But then the pandemic happened, putting the pause button on everybody’s crazy hectic lives. Working from home was suddenly mainstream, not just for weirdo digital nomad types. Employees finally had more autonomy and time to themselves without their dreaded commute. Priorities shifted, and employees started picking their family, health, or free time over a […]

Reader Case: I Lost My Job. Then I Lost Money Day Trading.

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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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My life revolves around numbers. You can even say math is my religion. But sometimes you find a reader case in which number and logic, though revealing, doesn’t actually solve the problem. What do you do in this case? Let’s find out: Hi guys, I am in my 30s and I came across you guys when I was researching FIRE. And guess what, I went to the same university as you did and on Christmas 2017 I gobbled up your website and have been a big fan/advocate ever since. I even read your “Quit like a Millionaire” book. Loved it […]

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