The Race to FIRE - Financial Independence, Retire Early

Join the race

Join the race

Dash 2 Retire

Recent Posts

Dear Bank: It’s Not Me, It’s You

Dear Bank: It’s Not Me, It’s You

The most satisfying breakup you’ll ever have is with the bank. The day you walk into the bank and make your last mortgage payment EVER. In my mind, I had rehearsed the breakup hundreds of times. I envisioned there would be shock, which would quickly […]

The Curse of Individual Stocks

The Curse of Individual Stocks

We’ve been under a curse for quite a while now. The curse of trying to beat the market by buying individual stocks. Up until this year, we’ve never exceeded the returns of any of our other investments. But maybe, just maybe, the curse has finally […]

How I Tweeted My Way to a Free Airline Ticket

How I Tweeted My Way to a Free Airline Ticket

Twitter is an incredible tool. Those 280 characters pack an amazing punch. Use it foolishly and you can lose millions of dollars and take a lot of innocent people down with you. Think Roseanne Barr. Use it wisely and you may get elected President of […]

My Frugality Nearly Killed the Dog

My Frugality Nearly Killed the Dog

Spoiler Alert: If you are a pet lover, you may want to stop here. Just proceed to the last paragraph, which I promise has a happy ending. It seemed like a good idea at the time. Generally, I consider myself to be a frugal person. […]

Fortnite for Finances

Fortnite for Finances

This post is part of a campaign to promote #FinHealthMatters Day 2018, sponsored by CFSI, Center for Financial Services Innovation.   Last week, my 10th grade daughter brought home an assignment from her Civics class. The assignment: describe how you would improve your overall education […]

On Grown & Flown

On Grown & Flown

I’m excited to share that last week I had a post published on Grown & Flown, an awesome website for parents of older kids. Grown & Flown has been featured on TODAY, NBC News, The New York Times, Forbes, Washington Post and Huffington Post. The […]

The Joy of Paying the IRS to NOT Live in America

The Joy of Paying the IRS to NOT Live in America

It’s tax time. Admittedly, this is everyone’s least favorite time of the year, but imagine if you had to pay taxes to the IRS and you didn’t even live in America. This is our reality and the reality facing millions of American expats living around […]

I Tracked the Trending Topics for 5 Months and Realized Americans Are Obsessed with 2 Things: Money and Retirement

I Tracked the Trending Topics for 5 Months and Realized Americans Are Obsessed with 2 Things: Money and Retirement

Every time I turn on my laptop, I’m greeted with the Trending Topics. I usually pay little attention to the list. But several months ago, I noticed a trend. Maybe that’s why they call it Trending Topics. Duh! This trend? Americans search about money and […]

O Canada! The Impact of Home Country Bias on Investment Returns

O Canada! The Impact of Home Country Bias on Investment Returns

As an Americanadian (pronounced A Merry Canadian) – an American citizen living in Canada – I’ve learned to embrace the Canadian lifestyle. I learned to ski. I enjoy a hot plate of poutine. I occasionally say “Eh.” I know MOST of the lyrics of O […]

My First Job – Shooting Chickens Out of a Gun

My First Job – Shooting Chickens Out of a Gun

Yep, you read that correctly. My first job was shooting chickens out of a gun. Not shooting chickens with a gun. Because my first job was so unordinary (the stuff of urban legends), it made me think, How important is your first job? It may […]


Join the Race to Financial Independence!

Sign up to get the latest blog posts straight to your inbox.