This blog is my way of keeping track of my progress towards financial independence. A few years ago I started reading Mr. Money Mustache and getting into the idea of financial independence and retiring early (FIRE). Now I’m really down the rabbit-hole about it. Seriously.
I started this blog because I’m a total voyeur for people’s financial independence stories and progress. I was reading everything I could find for about two years and suddenly it struck me that maybe people would be interested in following my own journey.
I’ll be talking about any and all topics that relate to achieving financial independence (FI). Frugality, investing, physical health, emotional health, you name it. I’ll also be giving juicy details about my own path to FI.
If you’re relatively new to the subject, you can check out my blogroll for some really great resources. These guys and gals are the real deal.
If you are interested in gaming the system, opting out of mass-consumerism, and reaching financial independence, then please join the discussion!
My wife and I are both 30 years old (no kids… yet) and we want to be financially independent by 40. Specifically, by February of 2025. Our definition of FI is $600,000 in liquid assets and a paid off house.
I grew up fairly poor. After my parents split up we were dirt poor (food stamps, free lunch in school, etc). It was made clear to me that money for college was out of the question, so I got good grades in school. After 5 years, through scholarships, grants, and working ~20-30/hrs a week, I got my undergraduate degree from a state school with $2500 in debt.
After that, I went on to get my PhD. There I met Mrs. Dragon (who was in the same PhD program). As of this writing (2015), we are both in our first year of full-time employment post graduate school. Each of us make a middle-class income (~$50,000).
Stay tuned to the blog for our successes and failures along the path to FI!