Why Take a Mini-Retirement

Why Take a Mini-Retirement

Several months ago I read a post by M from Radical FIRE about how she had negotiated to take a 4-month mini-retirement with her employer. A mini-retirement is when someone takes an extended break from work to pursue something they are passionate about.
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The Ultimate Guide to Buying Food in Bulk

The Ultimate Guide to Buying Food in Bulk

Growing up, my family lived in Costco. As a child, I would spend my weekends at baseball practice, hanging out with friends, and on a family trip to Costco. I learned quite a bit about buying food in bulk from my childhood. Because it’s what I’ve always known, it was not until recently that I came to appreciate the value of buying food in bulk.
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Choose FI Book Review

Choose FI Book Review

My first introduction to Financial Independence was reading Your Money or Your Life. The next place I turned to learn more about financial independence was the Choose FI podcast. I listened to my first episodes on the way to our famed Maine trip in 2018. While in...

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Top 10 Posts from our First Year

Top 10 Posts from our First Year

As we reflect on The Fioneers’ first year, we have decided to share our 10 favorite posts. In these posts, you’ll see more about our philosophy about money and life, ways we’ve applied traditional financial independence concepts to our own lives, and our journey toward Slow FI.
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Taking Baby Steps to Self-Employment

Taking Baby Steps to Self-Employment

I’ve been following Lance’s story and his blog, Money Manifesto, since back in 2012.  At the time, Corey (Mr. Fioneer) ran another personal finance blog. Lance was one of his closest “blogger friends.”  They’ve spent time together over the years at various...

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Slow FI: The Real YOLO

Slow FI: The Real YOLO

My misery in my job last year led me to appreciate the best parts of FIRE and ultimately to come to a new understanding of the journey to financial independence. It has also informed the core philosophy of our blog (i.e. the journey should be as remarkable as the destination). Over the past several months, I’ve even introduced the new term Slow FI into the FI lexicon, and it’s time to officially define it.
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Meet the Frugalwoods Book Review

Meet the Frugalwoods Book Review

Liz Thames published her book Meet the Frugalwoods: Achieving Financial Independence Through Simple Living. It took me a while to get around to reading it (for reasons that I’ll mention later), but I’m glad I finally did. I discovered several things I did not previously know about their journey that impacted me in a meaningful way and that will inform our journey for some time.
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Striking a Better Balance Between Saving and Spending

Striking a Better Balance Between Saving and Spending

Gwen from Fiery Millennials shares her story in the latest installment of the slowing down series. Gwen shares how she saved a lot of money early in her adult life, which allowed her to later adjust her lifestyle to follow her passions, while still on the path to retire early.
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Reflections After 1 Year on the Journey to FI

Reflections After 1 Year on the Journey to FI

One year ago, Corey and I officially decided to pursue financial independence. As I now look back on one year into our pursuit of financial independence, our life is very different today than it was a year ago. Financial independence played a huge role in redefining our lives.
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