People in the FIRE community love to travel. For many who become Financially Independent and Retire Early, that’s the whole point. Give up the cubicle and explore the world! Learning to travel hack will get you started.
Travel Hack = Save Money on Travel Expenses and/or Travel for Free.
Whether independently wealthy, or still working towards Financial Independence, no one wants to pay more than they have to when traveling. In this post, I’m going to share some ways to travel hack your way to savings without playing the credit card points game.
Flexible Spending Account? I’d been working hard at saving the world in my current social work position when I first heard of the Health Flexible Spending Account (FSA) benefit available through my job.
One whole year had gone by since I started this job, and using an FSA for saving money on health care wasn’t even on my radar.
But as my personal focus on financial independence and boosting my savings for retirement crystalized, I decided to find out more about this money-saving, tax optimization tool.
If you can grow a garden, learn how to forage for wild food, become your own chef, and get to know just 10 herbs to spice up your meals and keep you out of restaurants, then you may be able to save even more F-You money!
I learned about F-You money from a talented group of people at UK Chautauqua, where we met five amazing speakers/bloggers who shared their ideas about financial independence (FI), side hustles, and early retirement.
One of the best parts of Chautauqua was being with a group of people who get it, who understand there is more to life than working at a job (when you’d rather just spend your time puttering in the garden or playing with herbs).
You may be wondering, like I was, what is Chautauqua?
At first, I thought it was like a living history gathering I attended once in Wyoming, which was also called Chautauqua. That one featured talks, music, entertaining exhibits and friendly competitions.
Sort of like a Renaissance Fair, but more of a Mountain Man Rendezvous where people dress up in buckskin clothing and wear knives and carry powder horns for their rifles.
Not what I expected to be reading about on personal finance blogs.
So just what is this other Chautauqua spoken of by personal finance bloggers and members of the Financially Independent Retire Early (FIRE) community?