Reviewing the Retirement Planning Guidebook, Part 1 – RISA Profiles and the Funded Ratio

Last December we gathered in Arizona with family to celebrate the holidays and swapped names for a simple gift exchange. That worked great for me and Ali since we aren’t into buying mountains of presents to stick under a tree. We picked one person to b...

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Talking Money with Tom, the Frugal Gay

We’re convinced that when people share their money stories and dive into the emotional side of personal finance that’s a good thing. And that’s why we started our Talking Money series, to make room for others to share their stories. We’re all...

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Hey! Wanna Stay in Portugal for a Month for Free?

We got an exciting message from some FIRE friends who moved from the USA to Portugal this year. Their message came out of the blue in WhatsApp asking if we’d be open to pet and house sitting in Lisbon! Alison and I read that first message and the...

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Is 2022 the Year of I-Bonds for You?

And another question, is all this I-bond enthusiasm FOMO or mo money? We’ve all been hearing lots about inflation-linked savings bonds (I-bonds) lately. And lots of you have been asking us if we’ve jumped on the current I-bond train ourselves. Before w...

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We Bought an Airstream Trailer!

Yep that’s right, we bought a new Airstream trailer this year. Buying a new travel trailer was a big purchase and an even bigger lifestyle change for us. After almost 18 years together our only “camping” experiences before this year were staying in cab...

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AOC Tips for Teens, Part 3

A Guest Post for Teen Financial Freedom. Please check out the blog and podcast from Teen Financial Freedom. We are blatantly encouraging our personal finance community to follow this team of young people because we want to support their efforts. They’r...

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Talking Money with TravelBug

We love talking about money with other people! No matter how unique we are, we can always learn something new about money and about life from other people. And listening to other people tell their money stories helps to support them in reaching their p...

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Personal Finance Tips for Teens, Part 2

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Talking Money with Sabbatical Seeker

We love talking about money with other people! No matter how unique we are, we can always learn something new about money and about life from other people. And listening to other people tell their money stories helps to support them in reaching their p...

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2021 Portfolio / Retirement Year 3 Checkup

Now that 2021 is behind us we’ve had some time to review our portfolio performance along with the decisions we made relating to our portfolio last year. That review process is a great way for us to make sure we know what our portfolio has been up to an...

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2021 Spending Review

Yes, 2021 was a strange year. It was Covid Pandemic Year # 2 so how could it not be strange?! Lots of people asked how our spending in 2021 compared to our spending in 2020. The answer is easy – they can’t be compared. In 2020 we were nomad...

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Getting Grounded in 2021, Our Year in Review

It’s hard to believe that 2021 is behind us now, but it is! This is a good time to pause and think about how the year went. Our main goal in 2021 was simple, to feel grounded again! We were traveling full time in 2020 when Covid was declared a pandemic...

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Toothy Maintenance

We needed to find a dentist in our new home town so we asked our new friends for recommendations. Only one of those recommended dentists was scheduling appointments within 90 days so that made the decision easy. Alison is in charge of being logical and...

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