Melanie Allen

Melanie launched Partners in Fire in 2017 to document her quest for financial independence with a mix of finance, fun, and solving the world's problems. She's self educated in personal finance and passionate about fighting systematic problems that prevent others from achieving their own financial goals. She also loves travel, anthropology, gaming and her cats.

live a rich life

Live a Rich Life

I’m pursuing financial independence so that I can live a rich life. But guess what? That doesn’t necessarily mean I want to be rich. In fact, living a rich life doesn’t have to have anything to do with money. What is a Rich Life? In my opinion, living a rich life doesn’t mean being rich. …

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Self worth vs Net Worth – You’re Worth More than Money

A recent study published on Sage Journals dived head first into the issue of self worth vs net worth – specifically asking whether people who tied their self worth to financial success were happier overall. The study revealed that those whose self worth is tied to finances generally feel more loneliness and social isolation than …

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What is Coast FIRE? Everything You Need to Know

There are so many freaking types of financial independence – it can get super confusing to keep them straight! Having so many options keeps the fire community inclusive, and gives tons of people the opportunity to achieve financial independence who may not be able to pursue the traditional path. One of those options is Coast …

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Yes, Financial Responsibility is Still Important!

It’s time to clear the air. I write so much about my ideas on social programs that would lift people up, policies that hurt poor people, and other somewhat political financial topics that you might think I don’t care about personal financial responsibility. That couldn’t be further from the truth. Financial responsibility is immensely important …

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Financial Abuse: Understanding it and Overcoming it

Financial abuse is a type of domestic abuse. It’s a form of control and a violation of a person’s resources. It’s a horrible situation to understand and deal with when it’s just stealing and gaslighting (which is what happened to me) so I can’t even imagine how terrible it is for those who lose complete …

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Blog Growth Strategies – Our 32nd Month Blogging

Our 32st month blogging was just as awesome as the two previous months. I still feel like we’re right on the cusp of breaking through, and that’s even more apparent after all the big wins this month. Read on to see what I mean! 32nd Month Update Readership Our readership during or 32nd month was …

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12 Staycation Ideas to Make Your Time Off Epic

It’s time for a Staycation! Last week, I waxed poetic about the reasons why you should consider using your vacation time to stay local. This week, I decided to give you some inspiration! Let’s talk staycation ideas! What Should I Do on My Staycation? The great thing about a staycation is that the possibilities are …

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8 Reasons Why You Should Consider a Staycation

It’s summer time, and that means vacation time! But, sometimes, instead of hitting the road and visiting elsewhere, we should really use that time to relax and unwind at home. Here are 8 great reasons why you should consider a staycation for your next vacation.  Why Your Next Vacation Should Be A Staycation Staycations are …

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