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    Author: Playing with FIRE

    Playing with FIRE

    FIRE Explained

    What is FIRE? FIRE is an acronym which stands for Financial Independence Retire Early. There’s a growing movement of people who are practicing FIRE principles and retiring decades earlier than expected as a result.  Ambitious, often middle-income earners are using a simple formula of high savings rates (50-70% of their incomes) + frugal living (minimalism) […]


    Author: Playing with FIRE

    Playing with FIRE

    How to Reach Financial Independence

    How to Reach Financial Independence

    Now that you know what FIRE is and why there is a growing movement of people who are aspiring to reach FIRE — or who have already succeeded — you might start wondering if this is something you could achieve.  Could you actually save enough money to leave your job?  Wake up weekday mornings choosing […]


    Author: Playing with FIRE

    Playing with FIRE

    FIRE Email Kit

    I wanted this to be a resource to my friends and family who expressed genuine interest in all the “crazy” things I was sharing over dinner, at the grocery store, at work, etc. I hope this proves useful to you, as a kickstart to your own conversations, if the need arises. Please feel free to […]


    Author: Playing with FIRE

    Playing with FIRE

    Director’s Take: Why I Made a Documentary About FIRE

    About 10 years ago my father passed away from Lou Gehrig’s disease (ALS). In many ways, that was a turning point for me. Losing a loved one is hard but it can also be accompanied by profound insight about the path we find ourselves on. For me, two pressing questions arose: Knowing life is short, how […]


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    Playing with FIRE

    Why We Love Chautauqua and You Will Too

    FOMO Disclaimer: What you are about to read was written in an effort to persuade you to join us at Chautauqua this year. Or to consider attending a Chautuaqua UK event as soon as you possibly can. Because if you don’t, it’s very likely you’ll be missing out on what would otherwise become your favorite […]


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    Playing with FIRE

    Meet our Director: Travis Shakespeare

    On the new American Dream, his near death experience and why the mainstream needs the FIRE movement. Yeah sure, you have some EMMY’s, but tell us about your James Beard award! So few people ask about this! I had a fantastic job a few years back where I traveled the world making shows about chefs, […]


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    Playing with FIRE

    Mustachianism Goes Mobile

    Jon and Helen met Mr. Money Mustache while attending their first Camp Mustache in Seattle, WA. Three years after discovering MMM, they had made a lot of headway in their FI journey and here they were, meeting the man himself. They introduced themselves as Mustachian devotees, a mobile developer and IT manager respectfully. They thanked […]


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    Playing with FIRE

    Choose FI Podcast

    Scott had the pleasure of recording an episode on ChooseFI, our favorite podcast covering Experiments in Financial Independence. The hosts, Brad and Jonathan have been ardent supporters of Playing with FIRE since the early days. We love their approachability and excitement when diving into the weeds of this “superpower” known as FIRE. Jonathan, a pharmacist […]


    Author: Playing with FIRE

    Playing with FIRE

    A Letter to You

    I want to extend a heartfelt thank you to the influencers in the FIRE community and the FIRE community at large. You’ve been shining examples that this way of life is doable AND available to my family and I. Words cannot do justice to describe the richness that has already taken hold in our lives […]