If You Love Your Spouse, You’d Make Them Financially Independent

I hope everyone had a wonderful Valentine’s Day! I spent about $360 dollars on a dozen long stem red roses and took my wife on a scenic helicopter ride over Napa Valley to a secret mountain villa. Just kidding. Instead, I got her some white roses for $20 because they smelled better, did some last … Read moreIf You Love Your Spouse, You’d Make Them Financially Independent

Four Ways We Can Hang Out

A recent campfire at in the back yard of MMM-HQ coworking space. Hi there. Don’t get too excited, this isn’t a real blog post. But there were enough things worth sharing that I thought it would be worth sending a little mid-month Hello. Life has been busy around here, drunkenly walking that fine line between … Read moreFour Ways We Can Hang Out

The Economics of Divorce

Even in the most carefully run and financially independendent of lives, there will be some wrenching twists and turns. Friendships and businesses will fail. You or your loved ones will get sick and some of them will die. Kids will have plenty of trouble on their long road to adulthood – if they even make … Read moreThe Economics of Divorce

Five lessons I learned while making a documentary film about FIRE

When J.D. decided to spend three weeks in Europe with his family, he asked a few people if they’d be interested in contributing articles during his absence. He even asked me! My name is Scott Rieckens, and I’m new to the world of smart money management. I’m new to the world of financial independence and … Read moreFive lessons I learned while making a documentary film about FIRE

The case for separate (but combined) finances

In the world of personal finance, the subject of how couples share (or don’t share) their money comes up time and time again. It’s no surprise. After all, money problems are a leading cause of divorce. But for some reason, the concept that “personal finance is personal” doesn’t always factor into people’s opinions about combining … Read moreThe case for separate (but combined) finances

The perfect gift is cheap and easy

If you’re panicked because you still haven’t thought of the perfect gift for the people on your Nice List, you’ll be relieved to know you don’t need to spend as much time as you might think looking for something thoughtful. You also don’t need to run up your credit card bill. Why? Because neither of … Read moreThe perfect gift is cheap and easy

Your financial family tree: What our parents teach us about money

Last weekend, Kim and I flew to Utah for a reunion with friends from the 2016 chautauqua in Ecuador. While in Salt Lake City, we met up with Jesse Mecham (the founder of You Need a Budget), visited Utah Olympic Park, and attended a Sunday morning performance of the Mormon Tabernacle Choir. Our group also … Read moreYour financial family tree: What our parents teach us about money

Time is more valuable than money

It’s a GRS tradition! Each year on Halloween, I publish a story about planning for death. Usually these are general articles about estate planning. This year’s story is personal. When my best friend died in 2009, one of my biggest regrets was that I hadn’t made time to travel with him. Sparky had previously asked … Read moreTime is more valuable than money

Welcome To The Financial Samurai Forum (FSF)!

Dear Readers, Due to popular demand, I’ve launched the Financial Samurai Forums where the community can come and share their thoughts in four main categories: Financial Independence Real Estate Investing General Investing Career Growth & Exit Strategies Financial Samurai has been up since 2009 and I’m proud to say we’ve got some of the most … Read moreWelcome To The Financial Samurai Forum (FSF)!

4 Ways to Come Clean When You’ve Been Financially Unfaithful

Financial infidelity is a real thing. It can ruin relationships and financially devastate families. You’ve probably heard stories of people hiding accounts, buying big ticket items without their partner’s knowledge, or cleaning out a joint bank account. Infidelity ruins trust and robs the…