This blog, for all intents and purposes, is categorized as a general finance blog. However, I’ve never been secretive about my pursuit of FIRE. There’s been a lot of conversation lately around the differences between LeanFIRE, FIRE, and FatFIRE. At first, I didn’t pay much attention to it, though I definitely identify with LeanFIRE, which is otherwise known as the idea that retirement can be achieved with yearly expenses of roughly $40K (or less).
The funny thing is, while all my retirement calculations use an extremely low annual expense input, the reality is that LeanFIRE isn’t for me. How did I build up a notion of a desired lifestyle that doesn’t actually make sense for me?