Net Worth Update – May 2021

Each month, I share a net worth update for the Brewing FIRE household. This brief summary of our financial standing serves as a progress report on our journey to financial independence. In addition to giving a snapshot of our net worth, I will take a brief look at our spending, saving, and investing activity for … Read more

Why We Switched to a Robo-Advisor

robo-advisor

Last week, I was listening to the Bigger Pockets Money podcast where Scott and Mindy were interviewing Brandon, The Mad Fientist. Late in the interview, he made an off-the-cuff comment that basically justifies the existence of the personal finance movement. He said, “If everybody just did the mathematically optimal thing, then you wouldn’t have blogs … Read more

Net Worth Update – April 2021

net worth update

Each month, I share a net worth update for the Brewing FIRE household. This brief summary of our financial standing serves as a progress report on our journey to financial independence. In addition to giving a snapshot of our net worth, I will take a brief look at our spending, saving, and investing activity for … Read more

Reflections on Three Years of Blogging

three years blogging

Brewing FIRE was born on April 1st, 2018 (no joke!). It was officially conceived around January 1st, when I bought the domain name and started building out the site. I thought about taking the plunge and starting a blog for a long time prior to actually doing it. In fact, I started two other blogs … Read more

Net Worth Update – March 2021

Net Worth Update

Each month, I share a net worth update for the Brewing FIRE household. This brief summary of our financial standing serves as a progress report on our journey to financial independence. In addition to giving a snapshot of our net worth, I will take a brief look at our spending, saving, and investing activity for … Read more

The Marginal Utility of the Next Dollar

marginal utility

Last October we made the decision to move to Virginia. As part of the plan, I would quit my job and we’d give Coast FI a try. Being a research chemist, I didn’t think there was much chance of scoring a remote role. But my company, apparently valuing my contributions over the past 15 years, … Read more

Net Worth Update – February 2021

net worth update

Each month, I share a net worth update for the Brewing FIRE household. This brief summary of our financial standing serves as a progress report on our journey to financial independence. In addition to giving a snapshot of our net worth, I will take a brief look at our spending, saving, and investing activity for … Read more

Mapping Our 2021 Investment Strategy

investment strategy

For those of you who follow along with my net worth updates and read my recently posted 2020 spending breakdown, you may have noticed something missing: I haven’t said much about our savings or investment strategy. In this post, I will revisit the investment hierarchy I laid out nearly three years ago, and update you … Read more

Net Worth Update – January 2021

net worth update

Each month, I share a net worth update for the Brewing FIRE household. This brief summary of our financial standing serves as a progress report on our journey to financial independence. In addition to giving a snapshot of our net worth, I will take a brief look at our spending, saving, and investing activity for … Read more

Conceptually Right; Practically Wrong

conceptually right

January 31st is an actual day on the Gregorian calendar, and this fact once saved me from getting arrested. I came of (drinking) age in Boston in the early 2000’s. The running joke was that we only drank on the weekends, but the weekends ran from Tuesday to Sunday. There was just one problem with … Read more

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