Why didn’t I discover financial independence earlier in life?

By Mr Chaos on April 28, 2021 in Finance

A common lament I hear from fellow cult advocates of the financial independence (FI) movement is that they didn’t discover financial independence until later in life. I can relate, having come across it in my 40s.

We tell ourselves that if we’d come across these principles 20 years ago, we’d be financially independent and pursuing our passions like writing a family blog having the time to be better parents.

Why should I learn about personal finance?

By Mr Chaos on April 23, 2021 in Finance

Hands up who wants to learn about personal finance? Kinda pointless question as I’m sure you’re ALL putting your hands up. And by all, I meant our three readers. If we count both our mothers.

In all seriousness, surveys like THIS one, show that at least half of us struggle explaining concepts like interest and pensions. And this is hardly surprising given the lack of education we get on these topics at school.

The Reluctant Chautauquan : 10 Weird Things I Learnt About a Chautauqua

By Mrs Chaos on October 29, 2018 in Finance

So what do you do when your other half suggests you spend a lot of money to save money? Not with my our money, you don’t. But then my husband proceeds to tell me about a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to meet with some of the founders of FI and get one-to-one advice at a 1-week conference, a Chautauqua. Chatta-what? FI? What now?!! 

Financial Independence: I may have joined a cult

By Mr Chaos on October 15, 2018 in Finance

Earlier this year I came across a totally new way of looking at life and finances – via the growing ‘Financial Independence’ (FI) movement. Since then, I’ve spent most of my time down every conceivable rabbit hole reading blogs, books, and listening to podcasts. Specifically on what and how I should be spending my money. I became rather evangelical about the solution – so evangelical I wondered if I’d joined a cult. But I’m sure it is not a cult. Pretty sure.