How Flexible Are We? Better to Bend Than Break

How Flexible Are We? Better to Bend Than Break

If you’ve read much of our blog so far you’ll have started to realize that Mr. PIE and I are pretty conservative types who like to have our plans laid out with as much certainty as possible. ‘Just winging it’ is just not in our makeup (although I do love the theatrical origin of the phrase.) We’ve got some pretty firm plans around the timing of our FI date, planning for future expenses and withdrawal strategy. In our experience good…

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Baking the Family PIE: Our Story and What Got us FIRE’d UP.

Baking the Family PIE: Our Story and What Got us FIRE’d UP.

Spurred on by the good folks over at The Money Mine and  Slowly Sipping Coffee, we have taken up the challenge to document what got us FIRE’d up. Big thanks to Mr. SSC who allowed me to steal a theme from his post. I have mapped some key milestones in the family PIE evolution onto new drug approvals from the FDA. Like the oil industry, the pharmaceutical industry is tough. The ups and downs of drug approvals over the years…

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Revealing our FIRE Plans: One Story, Four Ways

Revealing our FIRE Plans: One Story, Four Ways

Apart from the thousands of folks who have read our blog since we started it in April this year, we’ve really not told a soul about our early retirement plans. Not that you guys don’t count, but it’s a heck of a lot easier to share secret plans anonymously with the entire world, than in person with family and friends. The online FIRE community is a wonderful validation of our dreams and aspirations, but outside of that remains real life…

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5 Lessons in Building a Successful Career

5 Lessons in Building a Successful Career

I have had the fortunate situation of nearly 25 years of continuous service with my company. This has spanned both Europe and the US. During this time I have worked for different organizations but my years of service have been grandfathered in through acquisitions or spin-out. The down-side of all of these years of integrated service is that I have not interviewed or even prepared my resume in all of these years. Can you say rusty? Let’s hope the next…

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Good Reads from Mr. PIE – Summer 2016 Edition

Good Reads from Mr. PIE – Summer 2016 Edition

I thought I would share the various sites, books and podcasts that are currently helping to further my education on money, investing and life. Each blog reference below is a link to a recent article I have enjoyed along with the actual blog site in parentheses. Blogs It was the best of days, It was the worst of days (The Irrelevant Investor) For those who enjoy investing quotes, you will probably have heard the phrase “Time in the market, not…

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Mrs. PIE Wasn’t Laid-Off. Yay!

Mrs. PIE Wasn’t Laid-Off. Yay!

A sincere thank you to all our readers and commenters both here and on Twitter. I really felt like the blogging community had my back during these last couple of days. What a warm, thoughtful and caring bunch you are. As you can see from the title of this post, I survived the lay-offs and I’m very happy with that outcome. Mr. PIE and I can continue our march towards early retirement on our own terms. There’s no re-writing of…

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Mrs. PIE is Facing a Lay-Off. Yay or Ugh?

Mrs. PIE is Facing a Lay-Off. Yay or Ugh?

Well this is a new one for me: a ‘real time’ post and the very real prospect of getting laid-off. This is the kind of thing that needs to be captured right now. If I’m not laid-off I probably won’t go back write about what I was thinking today. And if I am, well, there’s a whole set of considerations worthy of much longer posts. OK, a little background. I have had my current job at a large pharmaceutical company…

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Family Quirks – The Money Edition

Family Quirks – The Money Edition

As we negotiate adulthood, it’s safe to say that we can easily attribute much of what we do and how we do it to our upbringing and parents. Whether we are determined to raise our kids completely differently from how we were raised, or we know how to do a hard day’s work because our Dads taught us – our parents have a huge influence on what we go on and do in the future I have been reflecting recently…

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A Slice of PIE Vacation: Long Hikes, Ice-cream and Bacon Butties!!

A Slice of PIE Vacation: Long Hikes, Ice-cream and Bacon Butties!!

There’s probably a fine line between writing a blog post that could be termed a ‘travelogue’ and one that’s as interesting as your Aunt Maude’s account of her latest European river cruise with her bridge friends. The one with endless photos, dull anecdotes and possibly even an old school slide show. The best thing about a blog post is that if you get bored, you can leave. Aunt Maude would be devastated. So will we, but we’ll never know! We…

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Portfolio Update for Q2 – Our Summer is Sizzling!

Portfolio Update for Q2 – Our Summer is Sizzling!

With Q2 just behind us, it is time for a portfolio update. This time, I am getting the update out in a time-frame consistent with the end of Q2. As a reminder, our goal is to achieve FIRE in July 2018. At that point we will have sold our long-term primary residence (sigh) and relocate to our mountain home (yay!). The kids will be 11 and 9 at that point and will move to a new school. This portfolio update…

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