Recently, I was given the opportunity to serve as the guest curator for Rockstar Finance. What’s Rockstar Finance you may ask? Only one of the coolest sites in the personal finance space. Rockstar Finance was started in 2013 by J. Money from Budgets are Sexy and then bought by John from ESI Money in 2017. Every weekday, the site features three of the best posts from the personal finance blogging realm. An email is also sent out with the featured posts to its large subscriber base. If you’re a personal finance blogger, you likely already know about Rockstar Finance. If not, you should get to know it. The huge number of daily visitors to the site and the large number of
In 2017, Lisa at Mad Money Monster coined the term FIOR in her blog post, F.I.O.R. – Financial Independence Optional Retirement. And you know what… she nailed it. The premise of her post was that a lot of folks become excited about what the FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early) community stands for and they head down a similar path. However, not everyone needs to jump ship and retire early. Lisa and her husband, for example, are on the road to financial independence. But he has no intentions to ever quit his job and she’s realized she’s really after options. She wants the option to keep working if she wants… or quit if she decides to at some point down the line.
Is retiring early really the best thing for our family? That’s the question Mrs. R2R sought to answer. Since the Route to Retire blog started in May of 2015, I’ve been hoping to get the other side of the R2R equation (Mrs. R2R) to be a part of the conversation here. It’s easy to get the opinion of one person on the subject of financial independence and retiring early. However, it’s a completely different story to hear what that person’s better half has to say about the subject. Sometimes you have a saver and a spender in the relationship. Maybe you have someone ready to retire early and someone who really enjoys working with no plans to ever stop. Getting
Don’t Just Sit There… DO SOMETHING! I’m not personally big into the whole televangelism scene. However, there’s a show on TV called the “Hour of Power” that had a moment long ago that’s still ingrained in my head. The program was hosted by Reverend Robert Schuller from 1970 until his grandson took over in 2013 (thanks, Wikipedia!). I never actually watched the show, but there was a clip from it that ran regularly advertising the show. In it, Reverend Schuller takes a breath and then firmly says: Don’t Just Sit There… DO SOMETHING! For years, I just laughed when I would see that on TV. After all, I was young and it was funny to watch the manner in which he said it. But
The journey to FIRE can be an arduous path. Sometimes I struggle with the content I want to put on this blog. It’s not due to a lack of ideas, but rather a matter of wondering if the reader can relate. Some of you are just starting to get interested in the idea of financial independence. Perhaps you’re saddled with debt, but know there’s got to be a way out. Others of you are in your wealth-building stage of your life and you’re working on banking whatever you can. And then there are some of you who have already reached retirement – whether it be early or not. Finally, there is a group of you who have not only reached
The 10 Best Financial Podcasts??? Aren’t podcasts for nerds? Who in the heck would listen to people droning on and on for an hour talk show?! A couple years ago, that’s what I was thinking. Then about a year ago, I canceled my Sirius XM radio subscription and learned something… local radio sucks. Maybe that’s not the case for all areas, but where I live in Ohio, it’s horrendous. So I was stuck. Fine, I decided, I’ll give these “podcasts” a try. And guess what – I’m glad I did. Now that’s all I listen to during my commute to and from work every day. But I don’t just listen to any podcasts – I listen, almost exclusively to personal