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2 women, post-FIRE, living our best life
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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…

2020 Spending and Portfolio Review

We are not certified financial professionals, this post contains affiliate links. For more information please read our Disclaimer. 2020 was weird. Writing about personal spending and portfolio growth after such a problematic year feels less interesting than it has in the past. But there are good reasons why these are among the most typical topics in […]

Health (and Wealth) Insurance

We are not certified financial professionals. For more information please read our Disclaimer. Our health insurance plan for 2021 is set! It was fascinating to take a couple of cold winter months to review a few options and get to a plan we felt comfortable with. The personal details we focused on for our research included living […]

Personal Finance / FIRE and Giving

The festive season is here and thank goodness, so is the end of 2020. This week we reviewed our 2020 spending to see how we did in every budget category and we also finalized our 2021 budget. The best part of the process was when I realized we still had a couple hundred dollars left […]

Will 2021 Be Our First “Normal” FIRE Year?

We are not certified financial professionals. This post contains affiliate links. For more information please read our Disclaimer. The other day we were on a video chat with a few friends who are working towards reaching FIRE (financial independence / retire early) themselves and talking about everyone’s plans for next year and one of them said, “Hey […]


Posts We Love

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

We are not certified professionals. For more information about us please read our Disclaimer. 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 […]

Avoiding the RMD Cliff

We are not certified professionals. For more information about us please read our Disclaimer. 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 […]

Outline Your Goals in a Personal Money Statement

We are not certified professionals. For more information about us please read our Disclaimer. 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 […]