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Reader Case: Retiring Early With a Pension

It’s Friday, so you know what that means…another reader case! Hello Wanderer and Firecracker, I’ve always been a fairly frugal person, and my wife a little less so, but we always lived on less than we made and always disliked debt. I first saw the CBC article about you guys and thought, well… good for them. We could probably do that, but… hey, look something new and shiny in the news. I didn’t look further into that. What got me interested was the follow-up article that talked about the rash of comments from the first article. That piqued my interest […]

Investing For Your Kid’s College Education: The Rule of 5

We write a lot here on this blog about retirement, but one area I haven’t covered at all up to now is saving for your kid’s university education (or college, as you Yanks like to call it). The reason for this is simple: we don’t have kids, so we never looked into it. But lately, we’ve decided to set up a university savings account for my nephew, and because this forced me to learn how all this stuff works, I figured now would be a good a time as any to start writing about it. How It Works So first […]

Let’s Go Exploring! Iceland: Fire and Ice and Surprisingly Nice

I have to confess. I didn’t want to go to Iceland. Not, initially, anyway. So many traveller friends raving about the land of “Fire & Ice”, and all the episodes of Game of Thrones being filmed there made Iceland, in my head, so hyped up it would have been impossible to live up to it, I figured. But hype or not, every time I heard the word “Iceland”, a little voice in my head would scream “WHY ARE YOU PAYING to go to a place with the word ice in it?! if you want to freeze, just go back to Canada!” […]

Guest Interview: Surviving 2008 in Early Retirement

A frequent question asked by readers is: “What would you do if 2008 happened again?” Would we cry? Whine to our mommies? Admit defeat and run back to work with our tails between our legs? If you want to see what would happen if I whined to my mommy, read the book “Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother”, and since I’d rather put a bullet through my head than go back to my previous employer, those 2 options are out. Which is why we put multiple backup plans in place, like the Yield Shield, Cash Cushion, and Geographic Arbitrage. But […]

Reader Case: House Horny in France

It’s Friday, and you know what that means…another Reader Case! Today’s is from a reader in France. I am constantly amazed by the international audience we have, and doing this case also had the added benefit of forcing me to figure out how to type the euro symbol on a Mac with an American keyboard. It’s Alt-Shift-2. The more you know! Dear FIRECracker, We got to first know you through the video “Millennial Revolution” on YouTube which totally inspired me. You said out loud in a very rational manner what I was feeling for so many years. I am glad […]

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