Finally, 2016 is over. Let’s look at our budget.

Another year has gone and now it’s time to reflect on our budget and if we accomplished our financial goals for 2016. But first, a general word on 2016–for most of the world, it was just a real turd of a year. The Syrian crisis, the terror attacks in Europe, the Middle East, and the…read more

3rd Quarter Budget: 2016

I think I’m pretty good with budgets. I’ve been practicing with them for years. I think I’m so good that I want people to pay me to help them with theirs. Mrs. Fi and I have pondered starting a small side job (or “side-hustle”) as financial mentors/coaches. We would essentially help people figure out where…read more

2nd Quarter Budget: 2016

We at Fi Big Sky decided that a monthly budget update was excessive and not doing budget updates doesn’t help anyone gain insight into how we spend and save. Before you is the compromise–in all it’s glorious-ness. I stated in my end of year budget write-up that we looked forward to 2016 because our spending wouldn’t be as outrageous. So…read more

Fear and Fortune – Find Your Journey to Financial Wellness

The following blog post is part of The Road to Financial Wellness blog tour. The Road to Financial Wellness is a three-month, grassroots campaign promoting financial empowerment on a national level and encourages people to pursue their dream lifestyle. Find out more about local events near you. Like many personal finance bloggers out there, we…read more

First Quarter Budget: 2016

First quarter budget: 2016? Come for the titles stay for the numbers, amiright? We at Fi Big Sky decided that a monthly budget update was excessive and not doing budget updates doesn’t help anyone gain insight into how we spend and save. Before you is the compromise in all it’s glorious-ness. I stated in my end of year budget write-up that we looked…read more

Fill the Bucket List – Costa Rica

A bucket list has never been my forte. I’ve never enjoyed making a list of activities that I’d probably never carry out. I’m not trying to be a Debbie Downer, but let’s face it, a lot of bucket lists are never completed. But then again, it’s hard to complete a compilation of extraordinary activities and…read more

Frugalize That Purchase

[nimbus_typography_two color=”428bca” size=”36px” weight=”normal”]O[/nimbus_typography_two]ne of the things Mr. FI and I wanted to do this year was buy a second laptop. We’ve been successfully sharing one for well over a year but lately we’ve been each wanting to use the laptop at the same time, all the time. Enough was enough and a couple of…read more

2015 Finances – Where Did Our Money Go?

[nimbus_typography_two color=”428bca” size=”38px” weight=”normal”]I[/nimbus_typography_two]t’s that special time of year where I get to pour over the numbers and check out how our 2015 finances did. 2015 was a hectic year for the FI Big Sky family. We dedicated most of our time to the kitchen renovation– and it’s still not complete. But it is mostly complete…read more

Frugal Family Fun: A Quarterly Review

[nimbus_typography_two color=”428bca” size=”36px” weight=”normal”]W[/nimbus_typography_two]ell, if you hadn’t noticed, I kind of dropped the ball on our “fun posts” for the last few months. Between the holidays, working on kitchen stuff and a Thanksgiving funeral, I honestly lost track of time. But let’s fix that. Here are the frugal fun highlights of the last few months…read more

One Car Family and Mr. FI Rides the Bus

[nimbus_typography_two color=”fffff” size=”40px” weight=”normal”]O[/nimbus_typography_two]n a cool, rainy October evening, we said goodbye to something that had been in our lives for three years–our leased car. We turned in the keys, took some pictures of the car (so the dealership couldn’t come back at us for extra charges!), and off we went as a one car family. The car…read more

35 is the new 65

If you looked at our 2013 expenses post, you would have noted that we made a large purchase in June known as our house. This was a big deal for us but it was also a large dent in our income vs. spending graph. Since this was the first year that I tracked our expenses…read more

Biking to Work = More Cash, More Calf (Muscle)

In our quest for financial independence, we have had to take a good look at where our money is going. The big things are of course, food, shelter and transportation. With shelter, well there isn’t much we can do about that. We could move, but we love our house, it’s location and potential. Plus with rising…read more

No More REITs: Real Estate Crowdfunding is Here

As my wife and I are furiously changing our approach to money, the thing that I am most excited about is learning how to invest our money. I’ve read hundreds of articles on the subject (and even a couple of books) and the thing that constantly comes up is portfolio diversification. Common sense would say that bank…read more

From the Top: We’re #4

Hi. I’m Mr. FI (pronounced however you want to pronounce it.) This is a blog about the “quest” my wife (Mrs. FI) and I have decided to embark upon. This blog, disguised cleverly behind the idea of early retirement, is more about attaining life flexibility. Some people may call it early retirement, but retirement has…read more

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