My Journey to Financial Independence and Retiring Early

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2016 Financial Recap & 2017 Goals

2016 Financial Recap & 2017 Goals

Happy New Year! I’ve decided to do something very scary for me, but I’m excited to share. I’m going to break down all of the my savings and expenses for 2016. In 2017, I’m planning on doing monthly reports so that you can see how I […]

Saving Money on Purchases All Year Round

Saving Money on Purchases All Year Round

This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission if you make a purchase using links in this post. For you last minute shoppers, here are my top tips on saving money on online purchases all year round, not just during the holidays. I […]

Why I Chose a High Deductible Health Insurance Plan

Why I Chose a High Deductible Health Insurance Plan

It’s open enrollment season and many of you will be making the choice between different types of health insurance plans. Earlier this year, I turned the big 26, which means as of the end of my birthday month I could no longer be covered under […]

Ethical Clothing: How I Curbed My Shopping Habits

Ethical Clothing: How I Curbed My Shopping Habits

This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission if you make a purchase using links in this post. If you know me, you know I love fashion. Ever since I was young I would love going to the store with my mom […]

How to (Not) Pay Taxes Like Trump

How to (Not) Pay Taxes Like Trump

First and foremost, this is not an endorsement for Donald Trump whatsoever. In case you are unaware, last week the New York Times published some pages from Donald Trump’s 1995 tax filings showing an epic $916 million dollar loss, which could have allowed him to […]

What’s Wrong with your Company’s Retirement Presentation

What’s Wrong with your Company’s Retirement Presentation

Recently we’ve had some retirement sessions with our 401k provider to discuss their services and planning for retirement. A few people have asked my views on it, so this post is about my thoughts on the presentation since I’m better at writing than talking. The […]

How to Travel Big on a Small Budget

How to Travel Big on a Small Budget

This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a small commission or points if you make a purchase or sign up for a card using links in this post. Growing up, my mom always talked about having good credit. You need good credit to do this and […]

Why You Should Start Saving For Retirement Right Now!

Why You Should Start Saving For Retirement Right Now!

Yes, you! Yes, right now! Maybe you don’t think you can afford to save for retirement. Maybe you’re still young and think you have plenty of time before you have to worry about retirement. Maybe you don’t plan on ever retiring. Let me tell you […]

How I Save Almost 40% of My Income Before I Even Get Paid

How I Save Almost 40% of My Income Before I Even Get Paid

The day I was hired full time at my company I inquired about setting up 401k contributions, which I wasn’t eligible for as an intern. Once I secured my role as a Research Associate in 2013, I started contributing 3% of every paycheck to the […]

Welcome to The Fire Drill

Welcome to The Fire Drill

Hi everyone! I’m glad you’re here. Recently it’s come to light that I am a heavy saver that plans to retire early. Not just 5-10 years early, but in my 30s early (hopefully). I will be chronicling my journey here. Why The Fire Drill? Well […]