FIRE Starter Kit

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Not all of these products are for everyone. We provide what has worked for our team and their goals, but those same products and/or services might not work for you. Please only work with a business or purchase something if it will help you towards your goal of Building Your FIRE.


Personal Capital:

Having all of your investments, credit cards, and accounts in one place is a really convenient thing when you have accounts across different institutions. Personal Capital is a free account aggregator that comes with a lot of other features to help you track investments and manage your cash flow. Just so you know, after you reach a certain net worth level they will reach out to you to offer a free consultation.

You Need a Budget (YNAB):

There are many ways that you can track your budget, but I think that YNAB is one of the best around. This is a powerful tool, so if you enjoy super simple budgeting practices this might not be for you.


I am in no way affiliated with Vanguard, but I consider them the premier investment management company both because of their low-cost index funds and that they are investor-owned, meaning they are beholden to their investors and have had no outside conflicts.

Recommended Books:

Your Money or Your Life: 9 Steps to Transforming Your Relationship with Money and Achieving Financial Independence

The Simple Path to Wealth: Your road map to financial independence and a rich, free life

A Guide to the Good Life : The Ancient Art of Stoic Joy

Early Retirement Extreme: A philosophical and practical guide to financial independence

The Four Pillars of Investing: Lessons for Building a Winning Portfolio

The Vegetarian Flavor Bible: The Essential Guide to Culinary Creativity

This book might seem out of place, but as I explain in my article 6 Ways to Overcome Your Fear Of Cooking And Get Rich In The Process, this is a stalwart in my kitchen. This is not a cookbook, it is better than that: It is a way to become a better chef in your own kitchen. Even though this isn't a book about investing, it gave me the encouragement to try new things in the kitchen, which led to me saving thousands of dollars from costly restaurants. 


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