2 women, post-FIRE, living our best life
through financial independence.

About us

We are Ali and Alison Walker. We met in 2004, married in 2006, and retired in 2018. We love spreadsheets and crunching numbers, and we love talking about all things money with other people. READ MORE…

Recent Blog Posts

Even though our posts all have a main author, we edit for each other and we truly write every post together. Our goal is to share our stories, connect with other people, and talk to everyone we can about personal finance and financial independence. We hope one of our posts is useful for you. Please let us know what you think! READ MORE…

Airstream Basecamp Trips Part 1, with Training Wheels!

On January 5 of this year we found an RV dealership with a new 2022 Basecamp 16x on the lot. Basecamp trailers are not easy to find these days, new or used, so we were thrilled to find this one after only a few weeks of searching. We picked up our new travel trailer on […]

Is 2022 the Year of I-Bonds for You?

And another question, is all this I-bond enthusiasm FOMO or mo money? We’ve all been hearing lots about inflation-linked savings bonds (I-bonds) lately. And lots of you have been asking us if we’ve jumped on the current I-bond train ourselves. Before we answer that question we’ll dig in and research what I-bonds are and how […]

We Bought an Airstream Trailer!

Yep that’s right, we bought a new Airstream trailer this year. Buying a new travel trailer was a big purchase and an even bigger lifestyle change for us. After almost 18 years together our only “camping” experiences before this year were staying in cabins three times. So what made us decide to buy an expensive […]

AOC Tips for Teens, Part 3

A Guest Post for Teen Financial Freedom. Please check out the blog and podcast from Teen Financial Freedom. We are blatantly encouraging our personal finance community to follow this team of young people because we want to support their efforts. They’re focused on their own self improvement and financial education, and spreading financial literacy to other teens as […]

Posts We Love

Allocation Strategies (Part 1: Money Jobs and Budgeting)

Every year in May we review our portfolio and take care of any major rebalancing that’s needed including changing, adding, or dropping funds. During our first full calendar year in retirement as May rolled around and it was time to rebalance we couldn’t find tools that worked the way we wanted without buying a subscription. […]

Avoiding the RMD Cliff

While we were still working our W-2 jobs I asked the experts questions like “Should I invest more in my 401k, or my Traditional IRA, or my Roth? Should I focus more on one account over another?” And the response was always “Well it depends on what your tax bracket will be in the future […]

Outline Your Goals in a Personal Money Statement

Ask Yourself – Can We Go It Alone? We have been managing our own investments and money for a while now. It has definitely taken us some time (years) to build the confidence we needed to go it alone. The process became much easier for us once we found all the amazing information online from […]

What’s Your Why for FI?

In the FIRE community one question that gets asked all the time is, what’s your why for FI? We each have our own motivation to change our approach to life and money and stop following the pack. Shortly after Ali and I made that decision in June of 2017 I asked Ali this question, “Why […]

Home is More Than Just Housing

When we decided to retire early we took the opportunity to look closely at our housing options moving forward. We took a deep dive into both our personal needs regarding a home of our own, and also into what we could afford on our retirement budget. What we discovered about ourselves and our new retirement […]