FI is Hard

A common theme here in the financial independence community is simplicity. Mr. Money Mustache has his classic “Simple Math of Early Retirement” post, which took the FIRE world by storm. Jim Collins wrote “The Simple Path to Wealth”, which has become the de-facto starter kit for people looking to begin their own journey to FI. The … Continue reading FI is Hard

Adventures in Real Estate

It’s been a busy month for the FI180 household! My wife had a birthday, I wrote a guest post over on the FireyMillenials blog, a mustachian friend from Warner Robins made a visit, and we got to record an episode of the ChooseFI podcast, scheduled to air later this month. But perhaps most exciting for the wife and … Continue reading Adventures in Real Estate

Frugality vs. Sanity

A few years back, my wife and I were presented with an interesting opportunity. A family member, let’s call him Mike for this article, wanted to retire to Florida to take advantage of the amazing housing prices here. At the bottom of the market, homes had dropped 60%-70% in value from their 2007 peaks. The problem was that … Continue reading Frugality vs. Sanity

Why You Can’t Retire

Last week, I read along on twitter and bit my lip as MMM tried to talk some sense into a mainstream finance writer & editor who tweeted a link to a New York Times article. Above the link, she wrote: “The basic flaw at heart of so many retirement calculations: you cannot possibly save enough … Continue reading Why You Can’t Retire

How NOT To Buy A House

The world of real estate was a strange place in July of 2007. I think at this point, mortgage lenders had an idea of what was about to go down, but still kept writing as many toxic loans as possible before their inevitable doom. Our first home purchase was one of these loans! As college students … Continue reading How NOT To Buy A House