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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Surprising Benefits from Not Climbing the Corporate Ladder

Surprising Benefits from Not Climbing the Corporate Ladder

I was recently speaking with Chris Roane from Money Stir. Chris shared with me an interesting story where he decided to take a “step back” in his career after figuring out what kind of work would be a better fit for his skills and personality. When he initially made this decision to switch jobs, he took a fairly substantial pay cut. Less than two years after making this decision to find a job that was a better fit for him, he’s advanced in his career and is now making more money than before. 

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Gamification Not Deprivation

Gamification Not Deprivation

Too often the narrative around financial independence focuses on depriving oneself of purchases so that you can increase your savings rate. While I agree with the essence of this discourse, it has a gaping hole of HOW. How do you go about reversing some of the most ingrained habits and behaviors? In my opinion, there’s no better way to help you change your behavior on the journey to financial independence than to leverage gamification.

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