Desert Holidays & Dividend Christmas (Dec. 2023 Update)

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We closed the year with a desert escape to see family and the FIRE community. Plus, we explore our huge $47K monthly budget ballooned by dividends! Continue reading Desert Holidays & Dividend Christmas (Dec. 2023 Update) at TicTocLife.

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FIRE Budget 2022: Our Life of Financial Freedom on $57,439

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Our FIRE budget details how we lived an adventure-filled life in 2022 on about $57K/year as two 38-year-olds. Steal our tricks to reach FIRE! Continue reading FIRE Budget 2022: Our Life of Financial Freedom on $57,439 at TicTocLife.

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Fall in Cancún & Nashville (Nov. 2023 Update)

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After a pair of quick trips with friends to Nashville and Cancún, November ended with a family Thanksgiving and one of Chris’s favorite local events. Continue reading Fall in Cancún & Nashville (Nov. 2023 Update) at TicTocLife.

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A Month of Iberia Travel Begins! (And Our Sep. FIRE Budget)

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Portugal, Spain, & Azores—our FIRE travel budget and experience so far (along with tips and tricks)! Plus, we donate to Middle East relief. Continue reading A Month of Iberia Travel Begins! (And Our Sep. FIRE Budget) at TicTocLife.

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FIRE Engagement: The Benefits of Getting Married

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FIRE is the art of mitigating risk and amping advantages in your financial life to free yourself from drudgery. How do the benefits of getting married play into it? Continue reading FIRE Engagement: The Benefits of Getting Married at TicTocLife.

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Pre-Travel Mysterious Gifts (And Our August FIRE Budget)

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If you just don't count a monthly budget sized single spending category—our mysterious "gift" expense—we stuck to our FIRE budget in August! Continue reading Pre-Travel Mysterious Gifts (And Our August FIRE Budget) at TicTocLife.

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From the Capital to the Coast (July FIRE Budget)

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Our quiet July still included a trip to OBX and DC, but hey, that's what the point of FIRE is, right? Time for what you love! Travel, friends, and family! Continue reading From the Capital to the Coast (July FIRE Budget) at TicTocLife.

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June FIRE Budget Update: Home, Health, & Hunger

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Learn how we managed our FIRE budget in June and took care of our home & health. And help us pick which nonprofit to support to fight hunger by voting! Continue reading June FIRE Budget Update: Home, Health, & Hunger at TicTocLife.

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How We Spent 46 Days in Europe for Under $7K (May Budget)

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Discover how we traveled through 3 countries for 6 weeks and cut our costs by half with rewards points. Plus, support a charity that teaches swimming. Continue reading How We Spent 46 Days in Europe for Under $7K (May Budget) at TicTocLife.

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The Cost of 30 Days Living in Europe (And Our April Budget)

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From Spain to the Netherlands, discover how we had a month of European adventure on our FIRE budget. Plus, vote for an active lifestyle supporting charity! Continue reading The Cost of 30 Days Living in Europe (And Our April Budget) at TicTocLife.

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The Cost of Missing Our Flight to Madeira (Our March Budget)

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After bucking the odds for years, we finally missed a flight! Fortunately, some quick thinking avoided thousands in expenses. Read our monthly FIRE update. Continue reading The Cost of Missing Our Flight to Madeira (Our March Budget) at TicTocLife.

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How I Saved 50% on Dental Bills Without Tourism or Schools

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Despite a $3,600 estimate, I walked away with 3 root canals for nearly half as much from the same provider. Avoid these dental pitfalls and learn how I did it. Continue reading How I Saved 50% on Dental Bills Without Tourism or Schools at TicTocLife.

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The Cost of Illness & Health (Our February 2023 Budget)

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Over the course of spending multiple weeks ill in February, we began booking our spring travel and sorted out our health and dental insurance changes. Continue reading The Cost of Illness & Health (Our February 2023 Budget) at TicTocLife.

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Dental Gotchas and Saving $1,600 (Our January 2023 Budget)

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Learn how a quick decision on Chris's part managed to cut his dentist bill from about $3,600 to under $2,000! Read our January 2023 FIRE budget update. Continue reading Dental Gotchas and Saving $1,600 (Our January 2023 Budget) at TicTocLife.

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9 Night Transatlantic Cruise for $434?! (Our Dec. 2022 Budget)

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...AND $200 of liquor?! It's all part of our Portugal to USA travel adventure for $60/night! See how we did it along with the rest of our monthly FIRE budget! Continue reading 9 Night Transatlantic Cruise for $434?! (Our Dec. 2022 Budget) at TicTocLife.

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FIRE Budget 2021: Our Life of Financial Freedom on $51,378

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Our FIRE budget details how we lived an adventure-filled life in 2021 on about $51K/year as two 37-year-olds. Steal our tricks to reach FIRE! Continue reading FIRE Budget 2021: Our Life of Financial Freedom on $51,378 at TicTocLife.

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The PNW’s High Cost of Living Broke Our November Budget

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See what Chris's adventures throughout the Pacific Northwest did to our November FIRE budget just before we set off (and set sail) across the Atlantic! Continue reading The PNW’s High Cost of Living Broke Our November Budget at TicTocLife.

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Día de Muertos in Mexico On A [October FIRE] Budget

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Here's how we experienced The Day of the Dead in Puerto Vallarta on less than $70/day yet still had an endless supply of fun and luxury! Continue reading Día de Muertos in Mexico On A [October FIRE] Budget at TicTocLife.

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