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?
If you read our money story and how we struggled to get out of debt, you know that our biggest mistake was not saving money. Once we became sick and tired of being sick and tired, we went to work to get out of debt.
We cut up our credit cards and switched to a cash only household.
Anything that wasn’t essential was cut from our budget. I changed jobs to earn more money. I took on additional jobs and side hustled like crazy. We sold stuff. We ate rice and beans.