So I’ve Retired Early – Now Where Did All My Friends Go? Part 3 of 5: The Relationship Hurdle

So I’ve Retired Early – Now Where Did All My Friends Go? Part 3 of 5: The Relationship Hurdle

Welcome to part 3 of our retirement series, where we're diving into the wonderful world of friendships, and how they are most certainly not exempt from the multi-faceted impacts of retiring. There is study after study after study documenting just how important friendships are in terms of a person's happiness. Healthy friendships give us a [...]

So I’ve Retired Early – Now What Do I Do With All My Time?? Part 2 of 5: Routine vs. The Anti-Routine

So I’ve Retired Early – Now What Do I Do With All My Time?? Part 2 of 5: Routine vs. The Anti-Routine

"So what do you do with all your free time!? Don't you get bored?" This is my second favourite (albeit a combo) question that people ask us now that we are "retired". When people ask this question, I feel like it underscores the misconceptions surrounding the pursuit of Financial Freedom, and early "retirement" as a whole. [...]

So I’ve Retired Early – Now What? Part 1 of 5: The Paradox of FIRE

So I’ve Retired Early – Now What? Part 1 of 5: The Paradox of FIRE

I've decided to dedicate the month of April to writing about post-retirement and some of the interesting lessons we've learned venturing into this chapter of our lives. While early retirement is definitely the cat's meow - like everything in life, it comes with its own unique demands and challenges. We'll delve into some of those [...]

Are You Ready For A Financial Advisor?

Are You Ready For A Financial Advisor?

Back in the pre-Mr. Money Moustache days, before FIRE was its own stand alone acronym, and before personal finance blogs were sprouting up everywhere (man I really should have started my blog back then), Mike and I were in the very beginning stages of fumbling our way towards a goal Mike had aptly entitled "Freedom 35". [...]

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Owning a Tesla

The Good, The Bad & The Ugly of Owning a Tesla

*Disclaimer: In no way, shape or form should this post be construed as us complaining about the opportunity to own a Tesla. It is merely a reflection on our experience in making this type of financial decision, as well our experience of the highs and lows of the vehicle itself. It is intended for the [...]

The Financial Skinny On Our Home Gym

The Financial Skinny On Our Home Gym

To pay for a gym membership or not. In the day and age of personal wellness, it is all too easy to justify monthly expenses incurred in the interest of maintaining a healthy lifestyle. I mean, should any of us really be looking to cut expenses that are facilitating us exercising regularly and maintaining a [...]

Why You Shouldn’t Buy Your Kid(s) A Cell Phone

Why You Shouldn’t Buy Your Kid(s) A Cell Phone

I feel like this post could morph into a full blown book - there's just so many areas to delve into on this topic, but I'll do my best to boil down the salient points into a reasonable read time! If it wasn't clear by the title, I fall firmly under the camp that under [...]

Public, Private or Homeschool???

Public, Private or Homeschool???

Choosing the right school for your kids isn't a hot topic in the Financial Independence/Financial Freedom community, but it probably should be. Public, private or home schooling, each comes with its own financial implications that need to be factored into your overall plan in achieving FF. For anyone planning on having kids, or with young [...]

The Psychology of Saving

The Psychology of Saving

Saving money is a trending topic these days. In fact, nearly a third of all New Years resolutions made for 2019 related to saving money in some capacity. It's fantastic to see so many people taking such an avid interest in reducing debt and increasing savings, but unfortunately stats show that a mere 4% of [...]

12 Rules of Financial Freedom

12 Rules of Financial Freedom

Since well known psychology professor at the University of Toronto, Jordan Peterson, published his 12 rules of life: An Antidote to Chaos, everyone and their dog has thrown their own 12 rules of life into the mix. The craze has proffered some insightful pieces, such as Malcolm Gladwell's one single rule of life - pull [...]