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Playing with fire (financial independence retire early) : how far would you go for financial freedom? / Scott Rieckens.
Publication Information:
Novato, California : New World Library, [2019]
Physical Description:
xii, 209 pages ; 21 cm
Work, eat, sleep, repeat -- A million dollar idea -- 10 things that make me happy -- I spend how much on coffee? -- BMWs and boat clubs -- Goodbye coronado -- Meeting a legend -- The rules of fire -- What the heck is an index fund? -- Family and frugality -- Dream house or dream life? -- Finding our fire friends -- The fire is spreading.
"A detailed profile of an alternative lifestyle known as FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early), in which participants strive to retire in their 30s or 40s by living frugally, saving creatively, and investing efficiently. Participants in the movement share personal stories and financial strategies with the author"-- Provided by publisher.


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332.024014 RIE Book Adult General Collection

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What if a happier life was only a few simple choices away?

A successful entrepreneur living in Southern California, Scott Rieckens had built a "dream life": a happy marriage, a two-year-old daughter, a membership to a boat club, and a BMW in the driveway. But underneath the surface, Scott was creatively stifled, depressed, and overworked trying to help pay for his family's beach-town lifestyle. Then one day, Scott listened to a podcast interview that changed everything. Five months later, he had quit his job, convinced his family to leave their home, and cut their expenses in half. Follow Scott and his family as they devote everything to FIRE (financial independence retire early), a subculture obsessed with maximizing wealth and happiness. Filled with inspiring case studies and powerful advice,Playing with FIRE is one family's journey to acquire the one thing that money can't buy: a simpler -- and happier -- life.

Based on the documentary

Author Notes

Scott Rieckens is an Emmy-nominated film/video producer, serial entrepreneur, and author.

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Library Journal Review

Documentary filmmaker Rieckens has built a career as a storyteller and bridging people with ideas, one of which is his latest project-the adoption of a plan for early retirement and extreme frugality. The serial entrepreneur explains how, by paring down wants to needs, he and his family were able to put away enough money to retire early and spend their time enjoying the truly meaningful and simple things in life, such as taking walks and bonding with friends. He introduces numerous investment charts for those considering this option and delves into both the positives and negatives of a frugal lifestyle and postponing gratification. VERDICT While Rieckens began his austere existence after a lifestyle of affluence, readers will benefit from the wisdom of saving today in the hope of a brighter tomorrow. © Copyright 2019. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Table of Contents

Mr. Money Mustache
Forewordp. ix
Introduction to FIREp. 1
Chapter 1 Work, Eat, Sleep, Repeatp. 11
Chapter 2 The Million-Dollar Ideap. 23
Chapter 3 Ten Things That Make You Happyp. 33
FIRE Story: Jillian, Kalispell, MT
How Our Family of Seven Reached FI with an Average Income of $60,000p. 45
Chapter 4 I Spend How Much on Coffee?!p. 49
Chapter 5 BMWs and Boat Clubsp. 59
FIRE Story: Todd, New York, NY
Pursuing FIRE in the Big Cityp. 69
Chapter 6 Goodbye, Coronadop. 73
Chapter 7 The Journey Beginsp. 89
FIRE Story: Kalen & Kyle, Evans, CO
Is FIRE the Cure for a Certain Brand of Millennial Depression?p. 101
Chapter 8 What the Heck Is an Index Fund?p. 105
Chapter 9 Getting Schooled in FIREp. 123
FIRE Story: Sylvia, Seattle, WA
How Hurricane Katrina Made Me Pursue Financial Independencep. 132
Chapter 10 Family and Frugalityp. 135
Chapter 11 Dream House or Dream Life?p. 155
FIRE Story: Hannah, Denver, CO
How a Fire Pushed Our Family to Reevaluate It Allp. 164
Chapter 12 Finding Our FIRE Friendsp. 167
Chapter 13 The FIRE Is Spreadingp. 177
The Seven Steps to FIREp. 187
Acknowledgmentsp. 191
Endnotesp. 195
Indexp. 201
About the Authorp. 209