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What if a happier life was only a few simple choices away?

A successful entrepreneur living in Southern California, Scott Rieckens had built a “dream life”: a happy marriage, a two-year-old daughter, a membership to a boat club, and a BMW in the driveway. But underneath the surface, Scott was creatively stifled, depressed, and overworked trying to help pay for his family’s beach-town lifestyle. Then one day, Scott listened to a podcast interview that changed everything. Five months later, he had quit his job, convinced his family to leave their home, and cut their expenses in half. Follow Scott and his family as they devote everything to FIRE (financial independence retire early), a subculture obsessed with maximizing wealth and happiness. Filled with inspiring case studies and powerful advice, Playing with FIRE is one family’s journey to acquire the one thing that money can’t buy: a simpler - and happier - life.

Based on the documentary

©2019 Scott Rieckens (P)2019 Scott Rieckens

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Good for beginners or to hear some real life stories to FI

Me and my husband have been working towards FI for many months now and have both read extensively about it. Therefore, I didn’t feel anything said in this book was new. It was nice, though, to hear about the authors journey with his family. Some of the issues they faced, we have not hit yet (eg social awkwardness talking about FI - as we have not yet told our friends!!). I appreciated hearing their ups and downs and how they got past them. The real stories in the end were also great to hear the many ways others have reached FI. If you are completely new to FI, this is a great book to start with. Overall, I would recommend giving it a read (listen!) if you are a junky in learning more about FI like I am!! I will be watching the documentary featuring this author when it is released!

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  • Au global
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Great book on FIRE

It really showed a realistic view on a personal journey to Financial Independence! Loved it! Thank you

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Looking forward to the documentary

I first heard of this project almost a year ago, on the Minimalists podcast.
I’ve been impatiently see the documentary so I’ve finally decided to buy the audiobook, to wait.

Scott and his family’s journey is inspiring and doesn’t filter out the difficulties, and doubts they’ve had. Sharing their fears, and their process of going through the judging makes them relatable to anyone wanting to start a FIRE journey of his/her own.

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  • Phil Royer
  • 2019-03-25

Unrelatable and nauseatingly privileged

Do you make 120k after taxes, have a $300 boat club membership every month, never had any debt, drive two leased new cars and have family that let's you crash at their place rent free for months at a time? Me neither.

The book is about a couple, rather impulsively jumping into fire without stopping to ask why or whether it would work for them (they do on a surface level, but they don't seem to derive conviction from these questions). After jumping headlong into decreasing exorbitant expenses such as spending hundreds of dollars having drinks with friends in a single night, or leasing sports cars that "were a great deal", they falter and crumble anytime a friend or family member questions their decision. In fact, after they've moved into her parent's basement (can it get more privileged millennial?) they have an existential crisis about whether they've ruined their lives (at this point they have several hundred thousand dollars in net worth if I remember correctly). And it goes on, and on.

This book teaches almost nothing about what FIRE is. Go read MrMoneyMustache or Early Retirement Extreme (Especially the book), Walden, Your Money or Your Life, or A Simple Path to Wealth. All of these dive into the how, why, and what of FIRE. Skip this book if you want to learn how to apply FIRE principles to your life.

I'm actually looking forward to the documentary because I desperately want to relate to anything about these people. I hope that the people they interview give a much stronger message of the principles of FIRE and the why of the movement than the author did.

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  • bobby
  • 2019-01-28

Covers the basics

Overall a great intro to FIRE. If people are just starting out this is a good place as it talks about some of the mental struggles of living a frugal life to attain financial independence and the basic steps involved.

It IS a story of their journey thus far. It is NOT a guide for how to implement FIRE in one's life.

I'm looking forward to the movie.

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  • SMS
  • 2019-03-13

Missed the point completely

I was interested to be inspired by a family embracing the fire movement. I think the author missed the point completely. Furthermore there is little relatable information. You are sucked in by the struggles of the family and so hopefully to learn about effective strategies and relatable hardships but in the end there is about a paragraph of relatable information. I wish there had been a better story about a more relatable family who lives and are an example of the fire movement.

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  • nnathalie
  • 2020-11-14

This book offers no advise

I was hoping to learn about fire, get some advise of how to get started with it, but found it mostly a waste of time. I recommend other books on investment and taking a coursera class by yale processor on financial markets which is free.

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  • 2019-04-10

Great personal story on path to Financial Independence

I highly recommend this story of a family who awakes from Consumerism and realizes they can retire 20 years earlier if they live differently.

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  • Felipe L. Guardiola
  • 2020-12-11

Even better than the documentary

After discovering the financial independence genre I found this one to be unique from the others. Books like Your Money or Your Life, Set for Life, and Quit Like a Millionaire serve as "How-To Manuals" for aspiring early retirees. This book takes readers through the journey, mental hurdles, and changes a family goes through to adopt a lifestyle of frugality towards early retirement. Also, check out the documentary if you haven't already! It allows you to see many of the popular bloggers and podcasters in this interesting community.

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  • This One Guy
  • 2020-10-09

4 Sentence Summary

Assess what makes you happy.
Live frugally.
Invest in 80% of finances in Index funds.
Retire off when interest equals yearly spending.

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  • sidero
  • 2020-09-02

Not what I thought it'd be

I was expecting a practical guide and intro into the actual details fire. Instead get a long winded personal diatribe that reads like a narcissists bad blog.
if the authors' story of quitting a wealthy lifestyle in southern California for a life of wine, chocolate, beer, and daydreaming of helicopter parenting over their poor kid for the rest of his youth resonates with you, great. It fell flat with me.

If you actually want to learn about fire, I recommend skipping this book and going directly mr money moustaches site.

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  • george rodriguez
  • 2019-12-03

Great book to read even just for the knowledge

if you'd young and have had any type of financial curiosity.... have watched or listened to Dave Ramsey and felt that you understood him but just didn't feel that excited or it came eye to eye with your goals ... I highly recommend this book! very diverse and great! I highly recommend if your motivated about financial growth and freedom

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  • Javontae
  • 2019-09-11

Show don’t tell.

I was excited to read this book based on its association with the documentary. But the author chose to tell tell tell. It droned on like an endless lists of “we did this. Then we did this. Then we met this person and did some more of this.” Half way through it became repetitive and boring. Good idea. Poor execution. I wish the couple well on their journey. Happy they chose to document the story. Just wish the book had more spice.

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