Diania Merriam, 35, had $30,000 in student loan and credit card debt in 2015. Then, Merriam’s life took a turn: She discovered the FIRE — or Financial Independence, Retire Early — movement, “a refreshing punch in the face,” that spurred her to clean up her debt, cut her expenses and begin saving. She was 33 when she quit her corporate job with $300,000 in savings. After spending time with a friend in Ohio, Merriam left New York City and moved to Cincinnati where she started her early retirement.

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How I Quit My Job And Left NYC With $300,000