Back in 1930 John Maynard Keynes wrote an essay called Economic Possibilities for Our Grandchildren, where he made the prediction that his grandchildren would have a 15-hour work week. Keynes based this conclusion solely on productivity, which he expected would grow exponentially over the coming years. But instead of witnessing a reduction in the number … Continue reading Why We Believe the 15-Hour Work Week is Just a Pipe Dream
We work- We desire white-collar or blue-collar success. We feel safe in a 9 to 5 routine and take comfort in our benefits. We strive for that office with a window, look forward to our weekends, and enjoy the occasional vacation. Our pride grows with each accomplishment and our egos soar from our achievements. And … Continue reading The Insidious American Dream
Yesterday, I was reorganizing our office and came across some old bank statements from a few years ago. As I read through some of the statements, I was shocked to see how much money we wasted back then! I decided to grab one of the six calculators I found buried in our desk drawers and … Continue reading Why We Stopped Feeling Entitled and Got Rid Of Our $30,000 Debt
This may be hard to believe, but we don't celebrate Valentine's Day. We believe that Valentine's Day is nothing more than a silly, over commercialized holiday designed to latch on to our hearts, and make us feel guilty if we don't open our wallets. We don't despise the holiday, but we do think that it's … Continue reading Why We Don’t Celebrate Valentine’s Day
Both Mr. FE and I have failed miserably at keeping New Year's resolutions, and we now understand that these frivolous attempts at making New Year's resolutions are a complete waste of our time and energy. Could it be that we are just a couple of flunkies who would much rather admit defeat and submit to … Continue reading Why We Quit Making New Year’s Resolutions
So many of us in the FIRE community spend endless amounts of time planning, plotting, strategically analyzing, and calculating every little detail in order to reach our goal. For us, this means retiring by the time we both turn 50. To be able to leave our 9-5 existence behind us and never look back. To … Continue reading Is Achieving FIRE Worth The Sacrifice?
The standard definition of financial independence is to have sufficient personal wealth to live off of, without the need to work in order to cover ones expenses. In other words, in order to achieve financial independence, your assets will need to generate an income that is greater than your expenses. But what does financial independence … Continue reading What Financial Independence Means To Us