With the New York Times article on Fat FIRE, I’ve been thinking a lot more about the repercussions of achieving financial independence and retiring early. One of those repercussions is that financial independence can turn you into stingy person who is unwilling to give!

Every year, my kids’ Mandarin immersion independent school hosts a fundraiser for various needs. This year, the fundraiser was focused on paying for an expensive remodel of a new campus on the west side of San Francisco.

I didn’t attend mainly because I had a cough. However, my wife went thanks to an available ticket from a fellow parent. I had gone last year to much fascination. This year, I was happy to stay at home, watch the kids, and cough my lungs out in peace.

Plenty of parents gave between $500 and $2,000. Some even gave between $5,000 to $100,000. I was truly impressed

Keep reading this article on Financial Samurai.

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