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Welcome to my blog, it’s a great blog, you should read my posts. I’m Arielle. I’m a high school principal, mother, wife, Afrocentrist, personal finance enthusiast, and doctoral student. I created this blog as a way for me to document my family’s path to FIRE (financial independence, retire early) and to share cool things I learn along the way. Follow my IG @arielletalkswealth

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Established in February 2021, Black Fire Blog started as a way for me to combine my passion for serving the Black/ African American community with my newfound passion for learning about personal finance, investing, and building generational Black wealth. As of 2021, the BlackFIRE family is on track to retire in 2031, before I turn 40 years old. Follow me as I learn, grow, reflect, and learn some more.

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Kwanzaa Was Lit…Kinda

Reflections From My First Kwanzaa Last week marked the conclusion of my family’s first time celebrating Kwanzaa. I’ve wanted to celebrate it for years, but my husband and I’s lack of familiarity with the holiday left me feeling intimidated and trepidatious. During the Christmas season of 2020, something felt off. It was our first ChristmasContinue reading “Kwanzaa Was Lit…Kinda”

Hey You! Adjust Your Retirement Contributions!

Adjust your 401k/457/403b Contributions in Time for the New Year The limit for employee contributions to 401k/403b/457 accounts has increased! In 2019 and 2020, the max an employee could contribute to the aforementioned tax-advantaged accounts was $19,500. For 2022, this amount will increase to $20,500! This amount does not include employer matching, so your employerContinue reading “Hey You! Adjust Your Retirement Contributions!”

We Travel Hacked our Way to a FREE Trip to Costa Rica (Flights + Luxury Resort)

We paid $195.90 for a $6,343.00 trip! My husband and I just booked a trip to Costa Rica for a week during spring break next year. For our resort, he paid $0. The same accommodations would cost us $1,603 out of pocket. How’d we accomplish such a feat? POINTS!  He used some of the pointsContinue reading “We Travel Hacked our Way to a FREE Trip to Costa Rica (Flights + Luxury Resort)”

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