TSR Rewind: Remembering January, 2015

This is the January, 2015 podcast of ThinkSaveRetire Rewind, a short radio show series that takes a look at the previous month, what I did right, what I did wrong, and whatever else I feel like talking about!
Feb 11, 2015·1 min read
How to Save

How my wife and I are flying to Glacier National Park for $11.20 each

My wife signed up for two Southwest Rapid Rewards cards - the Plus and the Premiere. Here is the deal: Spend $2000 in three months and receive 50,000 bonus points on each card (for a total of 100,000 points). Earn another 10,000 points on your own with regular spending between the two cards and receive a Southwest companion pass for the rest of the year as well as the following year, and this is where the real value lies with this deal.
Feb 10, 2015·3 min read

Would you like some sound with that text?

Most of you will notice a new feature that has been added to my newer blog posts, and even some that have already been published - an audio introduction. I have decided to add in an audio tidbit...well, just because. Maybe if you're just tired of reading text, play the audio intro and you'll be good to go.
Feb 9, 2015·1 min read
Financial independence

A Yahoo report on finances that actually makes sense?

You won't believe what I found online today - it was a Yahoo Finance story about a Yahoo columnist and author who believes that useless increases in the cost of the so-called "American Dream" are sending middle class Americans deeper and deeper into debt. The miraculous element of this story is what the author claims is the cause of this phenomenon: their own spending.
Feb 8, 2015·3 min read
How to Save

FOOD - January 2015

This month we managed to stay under our $300 grocery budget even though we made every single meal all month long except for the 4 days we were in San Francisco. In truth....it wasn't that hard! Meal planning for the whole month my making use out of bulk buying options from Costco makes a huge difference. Here is where the money went.
Feb 5, 2015·1 min read

Budget January 2015 - Gotta start somewhere

Ever since we decided that the path for us is out of the rat race and into an early retirement of our choosing, the Mr. and I have been keeping an eye on our finances and scaling down our spending. Neither one of us were complete clowns, but we certainly weren't looking out for our future selves at anywhere near the level we want/need to be.
Feb 3, 2015·3 min read
How to Save

How we budget our monthly expenses

Our budget is designed around a reasonable expectation and the minimalism that took a firm grasp over our lives last year makes the acquisition of useless crap virtually nonexistent.
Jan 31, 2015·4 min read

Using Etsy to generate passive income

A couple weeks ago, I opened up a store on Etsy - one of the Internet's most-visited creative selling services - to start getting my hands wet selling some of my favorite photographs online - before retirement.
Jan 29, 2015·4 min read
How to Retire

Would you pay $164k a year to live on a cruise ship? This woman would!

For seven years, 86-year-old widow Lee Wachtstetter has called a Crystal Serenity cruise ship "home". By now, the crew on-board the ship is like family to her, and she regularly ballroom dances, attends cocktail parties and movies, lectures and other activities. And, I'm sure this woman hasn't cooked a meal for herself in years.
Jan 25, 2015·2 min read
How to Save

Those fancy-schmancy wallet-busting weddings

For some insane reason this Friday evening, I started Googling for the average cost of weddings in the United States of America. I got a hit through the Huffington Post, so I clicked - and read. Holy crap, I could hardly contain my bowels when I discovered the amount of cash that we are blowing for our weddings these days: almost $30,000.
Jan 22, 2015·5 min read