This is the true story of my former coworker, John. John is a car guy. I also love cars so we talk about them all the time. John also recently reached mortgage free life (yay!!) at age 57 and will be beefing up his retirement savings for the next 8 years or so since he … Continue reading Crappy Salad or Aston Martin?
A big (and traditionally expensive) part of getting married is going on a luxurious honeymoon. Personally, I was looking more forward to this than the wedding itself as it was hard for me to stop associating the wedding with frustrating, minute decisions like what napkin colors we wanted. The honeymoon, on the other hand, was … Continue reading Honeymoon Savings and Credit Card Hacking
Welcome to the FIERbird blog! This blog is for those of us who are sick of the 9-5 and are looking for “something more”. That something more could be the freedom to take a lower paying job that’s more fulfilling, spending more time with family, or travelling the world. Whatever your “something more” may be, … Continue reading Welcome to FIERbird!
Happy belated Valentine's Day everyone!! We're now officially halfway through our Frugal February Challenge and so far our spending has been FAR less than what we spent in January. Just take a look at this chart from our Personal Capital account. This chart may be from the end of last week, but the trend still … Continue reading Frugal February Challenge Check-in
Pursuing Financial Independence (FI) proves to need a completely different mindset in relation to spending money and time than most. I don't want to make the broad statement that it is better, it is just different. A different set of choices, based on different options that most of today's working class may not even know … Continue reading How to Talk about FI
So far on the blog, I've spoken a lot about pursuing Financial Independence (FI) and how important it can be to living a happy and fulfilling life, but what does it really even mean? Financial Freedom The best way to describe Financial Independence is being in a state of freedom from financial stresses. This can … Continue reading What is FI Anyway?
In the spirit of keeping our expenses down to reach Financial Independence, Kayla and I have decided to challenge ourselves for "Frugal February." I'm not sure if that's actually a thing, but I'm deeming it one now. In all honesty though, we went out a bit more than usual seeing friends after getting back from our honeymoon … Continue reading Frugal February Challenge!
In keeping with my New Year's resolutions, I have been trying to read at least one book every 2 weeks. The first book of the year was The Happiness Project by Gretchen Rubin. Gretchen spends a year putting into action different ideas and philosophies with the goal of being a happier person by the end of the … Continue reading Living a Life of Happine$$
While on our honeymoon in Southeast Asia, my wife and I were able to learn of many ideas stemming from ancient times. These lessons seemed to revolve around the concepts of balance (Yin and Yang) and moderation. A physical embodiment of the concept of moderation is called the Confucius cup. The legend behind this cup goes … Continue reading A Little Bit of Eastern Wisdom