Why I Got Out of Debt…Then Got Back in 2 Months Later

A 5 year goal was finally realized – walking into the bank with my wife and proudly signing the paperwork to pay off the remaining balance of the home mortgage. Years of my wife and I donating her paycheck to the cause, saying no to some of the finer things, and getting a little lucky …

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Garmin Forerunner 235 with Heart Rate Monitor Review

For 2017 my employer had a fitness challenge to everyone that participated in our healthcare plans. The challenge was to walk 7,500 or more steps every day from August 28th to October 6th. In return, we had the opportunity to earn $250 in our HSA (health savings account), which definitely helps with our medical bills …

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Is This Offer Too Good to Pass Up?

Last week, I got this email from Smashburger (they have excellent burgers and are one of the few casual food joints that I eat at anymore). Never one to pass up what seems to be an interesting deal, I checked out their offer: With the Holiday Smash Pass, you’ll be able to treat yourself to …

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Passive Income Streams: October 2017 Report

The past month was definitely an interesting one. My Airbnb income came to a screeching halt! I thought the fall Airbnb income would slow down a little, but not to this extent. Then again, this is why I keep calling this multiple streams of income. I don’t like being reliant on one sole source of …

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What I’ve Learned From the Subsistence Lifestyle

I’m a sucker for real-life dramas like Life Below Zero. This show follows the lives of several people who essentially live off the land – or the subsistence lifestyle. There’s a lot to be learned from these folks who have forsaken “having it all” and have chosen a more simple way of life. They are not …

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13 Thrifty Christmas Gift Ideas for Men in 2017

As Christmas season soon approaches many people are wondering “what should I get my dad, husband, uncle, or grandpa?” Buying gifts for men is always a difficult one, because we rarely give you ideas, and sometimes just expect ya to know. Or grunt as our spouses rattle off ideas that may interest us. This season …

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How Much Does Your House Cost You?

In recent years I’ve been following a number of vlogs about living in an RV. This type of lifestyle really intrigues me, and most especially with how housing cost so much in California and New York. For a lot of people, traditional living in a house, townhouse, or apartment isn’t an option. It has just become …

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How Can I Lower My Xfinity Cable Bill?

Thought we would republish this post from several years ago, as it still has good information about how to lower your cable bill with Xfinity (formerly Comcast). Hope it helps! A couple weeks ago we got a notice in the mail that our Comcast (Xfinity) cable bill was going up by about $50. Apparently they …

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The Process of Selling My Car

This past month I stocked up on greasy hair gel, white strips for my teeth, and ironed my only suit. It was time to sell my used car! I had gone through the process before, but I was extremely lucky. This time around, I had to develop a plan and discipline myself to stick with …

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Naturepedic Mattress Review – 3 Months After Purchase

One of the benefits of having sold our rental house earlier this year was that it freed up some cash that we could use on some “deferred” items we haven’t been able to purchase. Buying a mattress was on the top of that list. Ever since my wife quit her job due to some health-related …

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