Welcome to Prairie FIRE Canada
Welcome to Prairie FIRE Canada, a place to explore and discover my personal story, tips, and insights into Financial Independence. This site is for everyone, and I hope that you’ll make it your home away from home when it comes to taking control of your personal finances.
I encourage you to relax and take a little time to learn more about Financial Independence, my personal passion for the FIRE (Financial Independence Retire Early) movement, and how to best use this site.
The Financial Independence Movement and FIRE
In July 2017, I discovered the amazing world of the Financial Independence sub-culture. A group of like-minded people who have formed a collection of communities across the web and around the world. It’s made up of bloggers, authors, podcasters, engineers, homemakers, tech geeks, and everyday people focused on mainstreaming the idea of frugal living for the purpose of reaching financial independence, more popularly known as “FI.” I was both inspired and moved by how open and honest this community was to all people – no matter their background, class, race, sexual orientation, gender, or politics. I found a home to help me and my family take control of our financial lives.
In my day job, I am a community builder. I’ve dedicated the past 15 years of my career to helping our most vulnerable citizens address poverty, housing, and unemployment. And in my experience, I realized that we, as a society, are not financially aware or literate, and we are all just one or two steps away from poverty. During this time, I thought there must be a better way, but I just could not put my finger on it. Then, I discovered the FI community and the potential it can have in my life and the life of those I care about.
The FI Evangelist
I’ve been hooked on all things FI ever since. Basically, I’ve became an FI evangelist, telling people about the good news of Financial Independence. I’ve told anyone who was willing to listen. Friends, family, coworkers, first time acquaintances, and total strangers. Some people were fascinated, some were doubtful, others gave me the side eye, but all of them wanted to know more. That’s when I knew I was on to something.
The Big What If?
I took a deep dive into the FI movement and learned so many new and wonderful things. When I came back up for air, it dawned on me that the FI world was so counter-cultural, vast, and sometimes confusing. I had no idea where to start. So I asked myself the big “What If.”
What if people could find a place where they could start to learn the basics of FI? What if it was a friendly and welcoming place where they could clearly understand all the fancy lingo and key concepts and find a list of curated communities and resources to help launch them on their own path to FIRE? What if they had a home base where they could return to time and time again to ground themselves and expand their horizons in FI at the same time? If that all happened, then I think it could make all the difference in the world for those looking to live a life free from debt and worry.
And what if it caught on like a prairie wildfire?!
Introducing Prairie FIRE Canada
In the summer of 2017, Mr. Prairie FIRE was born. Prairie FIRE Canada is an expression of my passion to both learn about the FI community and take what I know and pass it on to you. My hope is that my story and resources inspire you to start your own path to FI and spread the FIRE to everyone you know who is willing to listen.
How to Best Use This Site
Make yourself comfortable and make this your FI home base, where you are free to explore and engage as much or as little as you like.
Get to Know Me
First, take the time to learn more about my story and join me on my path to FIRE. You may find my story matches yours, especially when it comes to my growing passion on all things Financial Independence. I blog regularly about my own path to FI, covering a number of topics including budgeting, my side hustles, and net worth updates.
Help Yourself to the Resource Page
Check out the curated resources page, where I provide all the best resources that have helped me on my path to FI.
Finally, feel free to reach out to me, Mr. Prairie FIRE. Look me up on Facebook or Twitter and send me a friendly message to provide feedback. If you want to follow along, get regular updates by signing up to my newsletter.