RV & FIRE = PB&J

When I decided to start this blog, it was really on a whim. I had absolutely no idea what I was doing and probably still don’t for the most part. All I really knew at the time was that we wanted to work towards living and traveling full time in our RV. We also knew that we needed to achieve FIRE in order to do it so we were not relying on 9-5 jobs to fund our lifestyle.

Now that we are just over a month into our journey it is obvious that FIRE and our dream of life on the road are like a yummy PB&J sandwich. Each part has its own delicious flavor, but when you put the two together, there is just another tasty level that comes out of the combination. Continue reading “RV & FIRE = PB&J”

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Our Favorite Camping Gadgets

Greetings fellow travelers!! With the Memorial Day weekend upon us we have officially started the camping season. This is a great time of year and like millions of other people we can’t wait to hit the road.

I previously wrote a blog listing 10 budget friendly items that we have personally used, and in most cases, continue to use during our camping adventures. In this blog we will list some excellent items that we use around the campsite and inside our RV. Continue reading “Our Favorite Camping Gadgets”

Champagne Plans On A Beer Budget

As camping season begins, we are contemplating how we are going to manage our budget and still not short change ourselves on the experiences we have planned. Up to this point, we never really took budgets into consideration. When it came to vacations, our attitude was always “we are on vacation, what does finances have to do with it?”

To say I’m a little nervous about the upcoming adventures would be an understatement. We did well on our first test when we went on one of our regular Vegas trips, which you can read about here and here. The real question now is how do we maintain that momentum throughout an entire summer? A summer in which we will have numerous small trips planned to go along with a two week, six state journey. Continue reading “Champagne Plans On A Beer Budget”

10 Budget Friendly Camping Items

Hello everyone! Summer is almost here and that means camping season is upon us as well. We spend a lot of our time camping glamping and there are some things we just cannot do without. Continue reading “10 Budget Friendly Camping Items”

Sometimes, It’s Better To Be Lucky Than Good

I wanted to take a moment to write a little more about our personal story. Early in our relationship we had what I would consider an amazing run of luck that would shape our financial lives. While the events were planned, the timing of those events coincided with significant runs in different markets that helped launch our financial portfolio and shape our lives to this day.

Before my wife and I got married in 1999, we had acquired a decent amount of stock in Intel (INTC). Little did we know this investment would blossom into an actual portfolio and set us on the path to financial freedom before we even considered the possibility. Continue reading “Sometimes, It’s Better To Be Lucky Than Good”

Haters On FIRE!

I have been reading various financial articles and blogs and it appears some people just don’t get it! Or could it be something else?

The latest article I read was from a well known business publication doing a Q & A session with a so called financial expert. Continue reading “Haters On FIRE!”

Vegas on FIRE Update

When I last posted, my wife and I were in Vegas attempting to enjoy our time together without busting the budget. This was our first trip to Vegas since we made the decision to change our ways and focus on reaching FIRE. It was the first true test of our ability to focus on priorities and not just whip out the old credit card for whatever our hearts desired. Continue reading “Vegas on FIRE Update”

Quick Hit Post: Doing Vegas On FIRE?

Good day everyone! My question to you today; Is it possible to do Vegas on FIRE?

We are making the attempt this weekend at one of those pesky prior commitments I spoke about before.

Let me know your thoughts in the comments below.

The Stock Market Ride

Anyone who has watched or invested in the stock market knows that it is not always for the faint of heart. The market has a way of making you really feel good just before it punches you in the gut.

I enjoy watching the daily ebb and flow of the market. I know I’m in it for the long haul. I don’t worry about big drops or big gains on any given day. The dollar amounts can be sizable, but I don’t need that money today. If you are a person who’s stomach turns at the thought of losing the equivalent of someone’s annual salary on a bad day, week or month, then it’s best you focus your attention elsewhere and stay away from CNBC. Continue reading “The Stock Market Ride”

Expenses = FIRE Extinguisher

As we continue down this road of self reflection, it is painfully obvious that controlling expenses is the number one priority for anyone pursuing financial independence. I know, thank you Captain Obvious! There is more to this than I originally thought of or considered when we set ourselves on this path. Not only are we trying to cut expenses to increase our savings rate now, we are cutting expenses to create a new baseline for our lifestyle in the future. Continue reading “Expenses = FIRE Extinguisher”