About Financial Independence Scams…

This one is going to be a bit of a downer.

Apparently, the world of network marketing, AKA multi-level marketing, AKA pyramid schemes, has noticed the increasing public interest in financial independence and early retirement, and started co-opting the language and terminology used in FIRE circles as a way to scam people. I have not personally encountered this, but in the last few months, it’s come up a lot in personal finance and early retirement oriented forums and groups. So let’s delve into this and take a look at what exactly these creeps are doing, and how to avoid them. Continue reading

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Cat Strollers and Loom Knitting: A look at some of our quirkier habits

Most of our money-saving habits are pretty routine and boring – cook dinner, don’t buy shit you don’t need, etc. etc. But dig a little deeper, and you’ll stumble across some downright bizarre quirks. This post is a light-hearted look at some of the funny, unique, and just plain weird habits we’ve picked up over the years.

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Vancouver, BC: Early Retirement on Easy Mode

  • Written by Steph

I’ll be the first to admit that I haven’t lived in THAT much of Canada – I grew up in the Okanagan, and spent some time in rural parts of Manitoba and Alberta before settling down in lovely Vancouver for most of my adult life. But since beginning the journey towards early retirement, I’ve been continually amazed at how EASY this city makes it to keep spending low and amass wealth. Here are some of the highlights that make Vancouver, in my opinion, the Early Retirement Capital of Canada. Continue reading