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Playing with FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early): How Far Would You Go for Financial Freedom?
Playing with FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early): How Far Would You Go for Financial Freedom? New World Library. Jan. 2019. 272p. notes. index. ISBN 9781608685806. pap. $16.95; ebk. ISBN 9781608685813. SELF-HELP
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Documentary filmmaker Rieckens has built a career as a storyteller and bridging people with ideas, one of which is his latest project—the adoption of a plan for early retirement and extreme frugality. The serial entrepreneur explains how, by paring down wants to needs, he and his family were able to put away enough money to retire early and spend their time enjoying the truly meaningful and simple things in life, such as taking walks and bonding with friends. He introduces numerous investment charts for those considering this option and delves into both the positives and negatives of a frugal lifestyle and postponing gratification.
VERDICT While Rieckens began his austere existence after a lifestyle of affluence, readers will benefit from the wisdom of saving today in the hope of a brighter tomorrow.

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