Financially Independent, Retired Early(ish) at 57.

So what’s your story, Frogdancer Jones?

I was interviewed for the Late Start to FIRE series.

While I’m stuck here at work, putting in my last day before the winter holidays, please duck across and have a read of this series. There’s some very interesting and determined people there, who all prove that you can still retire early, even if you don’t discover FIRE until your 40’s or 50’s.

Thanks to LateStarter Fire for letting me share my story!


  1. Latestarterfire

    Thank you very much for sharing your story on the series 🙂 Your story never fails to inspire me. I know it will inspire many others too

  2. Budget Life List

    Your story is such an inspiration and a big reason why I started following you. Your ability to reach your dreams in a short amount of time AND on a teacher’s salary is great motivation for this Park Ranger who also want to achieve FIRE on less than stellar pay.

    Also, Thermomix. I had to Google it. Is this where your love of quality kitchen appliances came from? 🙂

    • FrogdancerJones

      Haha! Thermomix is where my love of German engineering came from. It’s why I drive a VW Golf (love that cat) and bought German-made Bosch appliances.

  3. Caroline at Costa Rica FIRE

    Love your story, and it was nice to discover a new blog that’s devoted to older FIRE folks. We started after 40 too so it’s nice to have a special sub-niche b/c the considerations are different. Agree that you can’t just rely on compounding, and that geo-arbitrage doesn’t have to mean leaving the country! In our case, we changed neighborhoods in NYC, and it reduced our housing expense by 40%.

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