So a bunch of us that hang out on the "I Love Credit Cards" thread here on the DIS are also chasing FIRE. I figured I'd create a thread where we could discuss where love of Disney and FIRE intersect (we'll see how this goes, lol!) For those that don't know what FIRE is: 1) People who are or want to become Financially Independent (FI) (which means not having to work for money.) 2) And some people who actually take the next step of Retiring Early (RE) (quitting their career although typically pursuing some other activity with their time) To achieve FIRE, somebody needs to focus on maximizing their savings rate (money saved as a % of your income). This isn't about saving that token 5-7% in your 401k. This is about AGGRESSIVE savings...many people in this game are saving 50%, 60% even 75% of their income annually. They are likely maxing out 401k, IRA, HSA, while building up liquid savings too. People in FIRE typically will scoff at excessive consumption (expensive houses, cars , wasteful consumer spending , etc. ) However, we also respect anybody who can spend modestly but also is willing to spend on a limited number of activities that bring them happiness . This is where the intersection of those who are chasing FIRE and also enjoy Disney happens. These people (myself included) make everyday sacrifices to hopefully attain FI at a young(ish) age while not sacrificing trips to their HAPPY place which keep them sane!! Of course many of us on the "I Love Credit Cards" thread use our travel hacking knowledge to make these trips a reality without sacrificing our precious savings rate. While I personally can't decide what's discussed here or who participates - a couple of quick thoughts: This thread is FOR people who have achieved FIRE This thread is FOR people who are chasing FIRE This thread is FOR people who are curious about FIRE This thread is PROBABLY NOT FOR people who think it's impossible to save 50% or more of one's income Happy FIRE discussions all I'm always looking for ways to figure out how to continue on my FIRE journey while seeing that castle at least once a year FAVORITE BLOGS SUBMITTED BY DISBOARDS FRIENDS: @SouthFayetteFan: Root of Good - https://rootofgood.com/all-posts/ Life is Good. I really enjoy the early stuff on this blog. Much less profanity than MMM. The more recent posts are purely financial updates. I recommend going back to the bottom of the all posts page and reading from the beginning. @piccolopat: Freedom is Groovy - http://freedomisgroovy.com/ Make Wealth Not Debt @piccolopat: Retirement Manifesto - http://www.theretirementmanifesto.com/blog/ Helping People Achieve A Great Retirement @pillow: Frugalwoods - https://www.frugalwoods.com/ Financial Independence and Simple Living FAVORITE BOOKS SUBMITTED BY DISBOARDS FRIENDS: @SouthFayetteFan: The Millionaire Next Door by Thomas J. Stanley - Just an awesome book! My one sentence summary is this book shows how the people you think are wealthy probably aren't and the people that seem to not be wealthy actually might be. IMPORTANT COMMENT ABOUT SHARING NUMBERS & PERSONAL FINANCIAL DATA: I invite EVERYBODY to share any numbers they are comfortable with. Please know that anybody sharing numbers is not intending to make ANYBODY feel bad about where they are in their FI journey. Inevitably some people will be doing better than you and others worse, and that's OKAY! LET'S KEEP THIS A NO JUDGMENT ZONE AND JUST SUPPORT EVERYBODY WHETHER THEY HAVE A NEGATIVE NET WORTH OR HAVE $5MILLION IN THE BANK!!!