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Introducing FI Clubs

We want to promote local and online community groups and events that empower people to become financially independent. FI Clubs exchange ideas about generating more income, reducing wasteful spending, and leading healthier, happier lives.

From IT Pros to Retired World Travelers

Teresa (49), Michael (42), and their young son are currently living in Cuenca, Ecuador. They’re financially independent, retired early, learning Spanish, and generally enjoying the life of their choosing. They are ordinary people living a seemingly extraordinary life....

Our Guest Post At PlentyVegan.Com

A close friend and creator of the site PlentyVegan.com recently asked me to write up a piece on how we are raising our children on a plant-based diet. With lots of thoughts about that very topic swimming through my head, I enjoyed having the chance to write it all...

Quitting My Job Saved Us Thousands

I loved my job. I really did. But I’m so glad I quit. There are several reasons I decided to do so. The biggest and most compelling reason was because we were moving to Colorado and having a second child. If those two factors had not been a piece of the larger puzzle,...

Why Uncommon Dream?

My grandfather was super special. Kind, gentle, mischievous, adventurous, incredibly loving, and so darn smart. He had a sparkle in his eye and an easy laugh. People didn’t just like him. They adored him. Growing up, I was no exception. I just loved my grandfather so...
Christmas: Minimize the Muck, Maximize the Magic

Christmas: Minimize the Muck, Maximize the Magic

Somewhere in a photo box is a series of pictures I took as a kid documenting my Christmas haul for the year. I’d strategically pile everything up together in front of the fireplace and take a picture. That was usually sometime after I got off the phone with each of my...

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FinCon17 Review: The Woodstock of Personal Finance

FinCon17 Review: The Woodstock of Personal Finance

At around the time we started our blog this spring, Ellen and I ran into an article about FinCon, a 4 day personal finance conference. When we saw that FinCon17 was going to be in Dallas in October, it seemed like a good year to check it out. We likely would have been...

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Plan Your Ideal Day-To-Day

Plan Your Ideal Day-To-Day

I love routines. I love a plan. I love when my kitchen is clean. When I was younger, I used to describe myself as spontaneous and carefree. Not true. I think I wanted to be those things because I admired those qualities in other people. But, really, I just don’t think...

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Ms. Montana Interviewed Us!

Ms. Montana Interviewed Us!

Ms. Montana invited us to kick off a new guest post series on her site featuring people who have done a mini-retirement or a flexible life option. I feel our story easily falls into at least the second category so I happily agreed. But wait, why did Ms. Montana invite...

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What Financial Health Means to Me

What Financial Health Means to Me

According to CFSI’s Consumer Financial Health Study, nearly half of American households struggle to keep up with their bills and credit card payments. Most U.S. households are concerned about their financial health and aren’t confident they can meet their long-term...

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Our Airbnb Experiment: Part 2

Our Airbnb Experiment: Part 2

This is the follow-up article to Our Airbnb Experiment: Part 1. When we decided to spend 3 months in Ecuador, we wrestled with whether to simply leave our home empty or rent it out. The wasteful inefficiency of leaving a 4-bedroom 4 bathroom 2,900 square foot home...

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