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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
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
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
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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
How to Think

Get excited about the little things in life!

How many of you out there have ever said "Man, I'm excited for this weekend because..."? Or, maybe yours went something like "I can't wait for our vacation to Hawaii...it's gonna be hella-awesome!". Whatever awkward phrases that you use to describe what you're excited about, it's always nice looking forward to something. It puts a smile on your face. Each time you get excited, it makes life a little more awesome.
Jan 11, 2015·4 min read
Eating out

Opinions wanted: How do you "live a little"?

Especially during the holidays, the temptation (and, in many ways, "expectation") to splurge on some of life's convenience or luxury items - otherwise known as "living a little", surface in full swing. As in rehabilitation, it is often helpful to talk about these vices and get them out in the open, admit to them, and then improve your mastery over your more spendy types of behavior.
Dec 24, 2014·1 min read
How to Save

5 steps to better gas mileage, guaranteed

Start incorporating these five simple changes (hypermiling) into your driving style and watch your gas budget take you farther while on the roadway.
Dec 14, 2014·6 min read
How to Think

Give something more meaningful this Christmas

Let's get away from this nonsensically expensive consumerism in this country by looking at other gift options that the lucky recipient of your gift might actually like better. Think of these as the gifts that keep on giving. A $150 tie doesn't give much throughout the year.
Dec 11, 2014·4 min read

Could you live in a tiny house?

A typical tiny house comes equipped with fully functional kitchens, bathrooms and bedrooms. Larger tiny homes may offer an upper level loft for a second (or primary) bedroom away from the living area downstairs. Nicer tiny home options may offer screened in decks or porches.
Dec 6, 2014·2 min read
How to Think

I leveled up my travel hacking into cheap vacations

We are planning a travel hacking trip to Walt Disney World next year for my wife's birthday. Tracking hacking is helping us to keep it super cheap!
Dec 5, 2014·6 min read
How to Think

Man's best friend turns our Thanksgiving into a wild ride

This year, surgery on one of our dogs turned this Thanksgiving holiday into an emotional roller coaster, a whirlwind of highs and lows - doggy style!
Dec 1, 2014·5 min read
How to Retire

Income vs. Savings: The epic battle

Does a high income truly matter? It only seems to make sense that the more we have, the earlier we will retire.  But, is that true in all cases?
Nov 30, 2014·5 min read