Our February 2017 Expense Report, Bonus Time, A Boost From Uncle Sam, And A Recipe For Mr. FE’s Favorite St. Patrick’s Day Cookies!

The month of February treated us well where we were able to briefly escape the doldrums of winter and enjoy some unseasonably warm weather. Unfortunately, this short burst of spring-like weather won't last long where there is a nor'easter coming our way. Time to get the shovels back out. Snowmageddon here we come! February's Awesome Bull Run … Continue reading Our February 2017 Expense Report, Bonus Time, A Boost From Uncle Sam, And A Recipe For Mr. FE’s Favorite St. Patrick’s Day Cookies!

Why We Don’t Celebrate Valentine’s Day

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

Our January 2017 Expense Report, Plus Why We Took A Break From Blogging

We must begin by saying just how phenomenal it was to have the first month of 2017 fly by us without a hitch! Despite a shocking $4258.32 medical expense we had to face, we still had a stupendous month in spirit and in health, and look forward to making some financial progress in February. Needless … Continue reading Our January 2017 Expense Report, Plus Why We Took A Break From Blogging

A Story Of One Man’s Extreme Generosity And Questions On Frugality (plus, a readers poll!)

This past week,  I (Mrs. FE) was catching up on some reading and had come across this truly remarkable story about a great philanthropist. Although the story was released in September of last year, I felt compelled to share my thoughts about it today because it left such a huge and lasting impact. The story, which … Continue reading A Story Of One Man’s Extreme Generosity And Questions On Frugality (plus, a readers poll!)

Why We Quit Making New Year’s Resolutions

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

Is Achieving FIRE Worth The Sacrifice?

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?

How Success Keeps Us Trapped And Our Great Mind Shift

Growing up along the 128 beltway, we were surrounded by the epitome of success. Our paths were seemingly predetermined, and we never once thought that there could be an alternative to how we should live out our destiny. We were expected to follow suit in our mission to be successful, and had falsely believed that the map … Continue reading How Success Keeps Us Trapped And Our Great Mind Shift

Resisting Cheap And Our First Test In Frugality

As we confessed in our post Frugality Is A Choice, Not A Punishment, we were not always frugal. In fact, some might even say that we were the complete opposite of frugal. To us, frugality was associated with being cheap, and neither one of us desired being labeled as cheap. Just the word "cheap" implied that we … Continue reading Resisting Cheap And Our First Test In Frugality