- Kiersten and Julien Saunders joined the FIRE movement and retired in their 40s.
- In their book “Cashing Out,” they share the decisions that helped them make their first $100,000.
- They fired their financial advisor and decided to manage their investments independently.
At the top of their corporate careers, Kiersten and Julien Saunders delayed their honeymoon for months to accommodate their demanding work schedules. When they finally took their long-awaited vacation, the couple still found themselves checking their work emails compulsively.
That’s when they realized their lives needed to change. Julien had already heard about the Financial Independence/Retire Early (FIRE) movement through his friends and online research. After their honeymoon, the couple decided to buckle down and start living minimally — at one point even saving 70% of their combined income — to be able to retire early.
Now in their 40s, the Saunderses have left their