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This page is your go to guide for financial and mental independence. Whether you are interested in cheap travel, lifestyle changes, mindset re-boots, money saving tips or how to buy the best coffee for the cheapest price- here you can find the tools to help you do this.

To make it easy to navigate, everything is broken into categories. We have also marked one section as a “Beginner Starter Kit” in case you are new to the idea of FI and or FIRE.

Some items we suggest are purchases, but we only list them if we have found them helpful in our own lives. We would also be grateful if you used any of our links, as it is NO extra cost you and gives us a kick back.

From printables, calculators, lists, reading recommendations to the best websites for further research click around below. We hope this brings value to your life.

Starter Kit

Terms

What does FI mean?

FI stands for Financial Independence which typically means having enough income to pay your living expenses for the rest of your life without having to work full time. Some people achieve this through saving and investing over many years, while others build successful businesses that can generate passive income. This can also mean, being debt free and financially free from owing something to others.

What is FIRE?

FIRE describes achieving Financial independence in order to Retire Early.  The goal here is you develop a means to receive passive income that supports the cost of your lifestyle. This can be retirement income, real-estate, online business…you name it! The 9-5 and typical work till you are 60 are not the norm in this community.

FI vs. FIRE??

The two go hand-in-hand, financial independence gives you the choice, rather gives you time back to do whatever you want. That includes still working your 9-to-5 job; if it’s something you love and are passionate about then by all means keep doing it. Maybe you love your job and want to keep working, but a 30 hour work week sure sounds nicer.

That 10 hour work week still sound too long? FIRE it up and retire early.

The Big Picture

What are the main ideas behind all of this?

While everyones FI and FIRE recipes vary a bit, the general premise is to control your money, invest it, save it and create a financially savvy and stable life. For some, this is massive debt payoff, for others it is learning to open up their very first Roth IRA and others creating a budget for the very first time. Personal finance does not have to be a mystery and people in this sphere are writing about how they are taking back their paychecks, being conscious consumers and throwing out the dusty manual on how society says money can work for you.

What does your state of mind have to do with money?

Absolutely Everything

Mental Independence for us means that we re-think and re-consider both what out pasts have taught us about money and what society teaches us about money. This requires reflection and introspection, but most importantly letting go so that you can change those habits. Here are a few of our posts that talk about this:

Financial Independence is Never About the Money 

I Suck at Financial Independence: Reflections of a Broke Teacher and Starving Artist 

The Art of Being Broken 

The Unknown Creative and a Box

The Mindset of Taking Action

#RelationshipGoals

Be on the same page.

Who are we?

Check out how we both came to discover FI in very different ways.

Our Calculators

Commute Cost

What is that drive costing you?

Your drive could be so much more than you think. 

If it is, consider alternative commutes here.

Vegan Calculator

How much have you saved by going vegan?

From animals to water what is your vegan savings rate?

FIRECalc

A different kind of retirement calculator

Calculate your Early Retirement.

Books

Your Money or Your Life

Braving the Wilderness

We Should All Be Feminists

Third Door

A Year of Less

4 Hour Work Week

Meet the Frugalwoods

The War of Art: Break Through the Blocks and Win Your Inner Creative Battles

The Big Leap

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Documentaries

She is Beautiful When She is Angry

After Tiller

MissRepresentations

13th

In Defense of Food

Cowspiracy

What the Health

Blackfish

Seeing Allred

Minimalism

Expedition Happiness

A Directory of Personal Finance Blogs and Resoures

by Rock Star Finance

Blogs by Educators and Teachers About all Things Money

by His and Her FI

hisandherfi podcast

F.I.R.E. Based Blogs and Featured Content

by Camp F.I.R.E. Finance

Personal Finance Blogs by Personality

by My Sons Father

Female Personal Finance Blogs and Podcasts

by Women Who Money

Women of the Financial Independence Movement

by Tread Lightly, Retire Early

Travel Hacking 101

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