Outside the Box: Don’t feel bad if you can’t retire early

There is a new couple in town. They moved in a few blocks away, into the smallest house on the street, with their used Subarus, and thrift store clothes. You’ll see them riding bikes to work, never going out, and declining to attend the neighborhood cookout that costs — gasp — money.

Meet Mr. and Mrs. FIRE. They work in engineering, tech, or finance. Their salary is higher than you could ever dream of, but they’ll make sure to point out it’s “average”.

And if you question their lifestyle, or point out how it isn’t for everyone, then Mr. and Mrs.

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