The basics of FIRE & why I’m striving for it!

So if you're new to all of this you may have noticed me and a lot of other finance bloggers talking about FIRE. But what is it and why do I want to achieve it? FIRE stands for Financial Independence Retire Early, it is the concept of building up enough in investments that you are paid a passive income through dividends or returns thus enabling yourself to live without working. 

The Best Things You Can Do For Your Finances Right Now

It's a new year so its time to get your finances sorted out, here are a few things that can quickly and dramatically help you get your finances into shape. If you are an employee make sure you are a member of KiwiSaver and are contributing the minimum of 3%, your employer is legally obligated to match you dollar for dollar, meaning a risk-free guaranteed 100% return on your money.

Getting Started

So you've come to realise your money situation just isn't up to scratch. But where do you start? You might be heavily in debt, living paycheck to paycheck, or just not meeting your savings goals. I found the same thing a few years ago, I had just spent a year working in Sydney earning a good wage and had returned to study in New Zealand. However, I had bugger all saved and soon found myself with a maxed out overdraft (luckily interest-free). So how do you start - you first need to know where your money goes.