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Reader Case Study: “Not too fussed about FI”

Reader Case Study: “Not too fussed about FI”

It is time for another FIRE case study! Today’s case is from a reader from rural Victoria. Spoiler: This case study is a little different! If you are a hardcore FIRE fan, you might find this case study hard to read without wanting to shake our subject! 😉 Enjoy! Note...

Reader Case Study: High Income, Low Net Worth

Reader Case Study: High Income, Low Net Worth

It is time for another FIRE case study! Today’s case is from a reader from country NSW who contacted me a few weeks ago. I found his story so compelling that I asked him if he would let me use it for a case study. I'm sure you will find today's case really...

Our Story Part 3 – The Turnaround

Our Story Part 3 – The Turnaround

So far, this has been a story about lost life savings, stupid investment decisions, our carefree (and savings-free) 20s, a gambling problem and a failed semi-retirement trial. But today, we are on track to reach Flamingo FI and semi-retire (with a generous cash buffer) in just over 2.5 years from now. So what happened?

Our Story Part 2 – Mulled Wine and Online Gambling

Our Story Part 2 – Mulled Wine and Online Gambling

After only a few months in the rat race, reality hit me. This couldn’t possibly be what adult like is supposed to be like, right? Getting up at the same time every morning. Forcing down breakfast. Putting on…

Our Story Part 1 – The Early Years

Our Story Part 1 – The Early Years

Don’t worry, this story is not your everyday FIRE fairy tale. It is a story of lost lifetime savings, a gambling addiction, chronic health challenges and a failed semi-retirement test drive. You will see - if we can get Financial Independence thing done, anyone can!...

Case Study: From Corporate Prison to Freedom in 8 Years

Case Study: From Corporate Prison to Freedom in 8 Years

Today, we will a take a look at a FIRE case study. We will see how important it is to think about one's ideal retirement lifestyle early on and to answer the question "Am I planning to work during retirement?". The answer to this question is very helpful when it comes...

What the Flock is Flamingo FI? – Part 2

What the Flock is Flamingo FI? – Part 2

In part 1 of this post we discussed the four stages of Flamingo FI and how it allows you to quit the 9-5 in record time. By now you know how Flamingo FI works - you work and save hard for a few years and then you semi-retire. While you are busy enjoying the perks of...

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