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Are You on FIRE?

For those who haven’t heard of it, the FIRE movement has been taking the personal finance world by storm over the past decade or so. FIRE stands for Financial Independence, Retire Early, and has been embraced by people who want out of the rat race. They save a huge...

Financial Literacy and Minimalism

I’ve been a little bit obsessed with the idea of minimalism recently. First, I watched a documentary on Netflix called “Minimalism: A Documentary About the Important Things” directed by Matt D’Avella. One of the people interviewed was Joshua Becker, the author of a...

Financial Mindfulness

As originally published in Essential Living Maine, July/August 2016 Talk about mindfulness is everywhere now. Exercise, food, even parenting – we can be mindful in nearly every aspect of our lives. We can also be mindful of our money. If you’re not making active...

Starting an Emergency Fund

Remember how in my first post I told you that living within your means refers to not only easily paying your regular expenses, but also putting some money aside every month?  This is where we’re going to talk about setting yourself up with a financial cushion to...