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We’ve now spent half a year bumming around the US and Canada, travelling in a “small” $6,000 motorhome. There have been some great places and some not so great places, though everywhere has a charm if you look; some fun with the RV and some headaches. We’ve adjusted our travelling style along the way, and probably will continue to do so as we learn what works for us. Here is a recap of what ...
Posted: Jun 08 2017 @ 9:00 AM
I spent this morning reading and thinking about an interesting article at Philosophical Economics titled Diversification, Adaptation, and Stock Market Valuation, found via Jonathon of My Money Blog’s succinct summary The Growing Popularity of Index Funds and Higher Stock Valuations. The entire article is worth reading, it’s a fun read and well written. Many of us rely, or plan to rely, on equity markets returning at least historical levels in order to be able ...
Posted: May 01 2017 @ 5:12 PM
Celebrating / mourning the end of a career, or celebrating / mourning another child It’s been a bit more than half a year since we quit our jobs and took off in a brand new (to us) motorhome. We spent time in two countries, 18 US states & one Canadian province, three national parks, seven or so state parks, lots of BLM campgrounds, National Forests, Wilderness Management areas and the like (these are all free ...
Posted: Apr 27 2017 @ 9:00 AM
Test vehicle: RV loaded for road trip Is it cheaper to drive across the US in an RV or a car and how do they compare in fun and comfort? We’ve done the trip both ways now, and some answers were surprising: the RV turned out to be cheaper when considering gas, food, and accommodations, but the bigger picture is more complicated. Test vehicle: Car loaded for road trip For background: Three years ago we decided “go west, young man (and woman, ...
Posted: Oct 24 2016 @ 8:59 AM
Nothing to see here, just quitting our jobs and riding off into the sunset Been a while since posting a financial update or spending report. We have been busy with other stuff, quitting our jobs and moving into an RV for example; we also switched most of our spending in recent months to a credit card that Mint wouldn’t track (one of the lesser known perils of credit card churning) so had gotten behind on tracking expenses; mainly, ...
Posted: Oct 18 2016 @ 4:00 AM
Don’t be that guy We’re getting ready to ride off into the sunset in our new motorhome. Part of the preparations have been to add extra storage space. We don’t want to leave any toys essentials behind, and also want to keep everything nice and organized. Adding storage to an RV is as useful as adding extra cargo capacity to a car, but you have to figure out a few more things for yourself. We installed a cargo pod on the roof and a ...
Posted: Sep 06 2016 @ 9:30 AM
Our new dog walker is a little slow, but he works for free Summer is in full swing and the weather is still perfect here on the West coast – no humidity, no bugs, no surprise storms…why are we moving again? Anyway, it’s that time of the month again: how much money did we spend and where did it go? Here are some highlights from last month: We bought a new home ...
Posted: Jul 07 2016 @ 7:00 AM
No, we’re not moving to Detroit, we bought a motorhome. It followed me home, can I keep it? Why? Well there’s a saying, “dress for the job you want”. Granted, the phrase was probably coined by someone trying to sell you clothes, but perhaps there’s merit to the thought. So, since we want to retire soon, we’re working on looking the part. As part of the retiree makeover, we bought an RV, a 1992 Winnebago Minnie Winnie to be specific. It’s a 24 ft Class C ...
Posted: Jul 04 2016 @ 10:00 AM
Scenic drive through Napa Valley Wow, times flies: We’re half way through the year! We’ve gotten a bit behind on monitoring our expenses with everything going on in our lives, but I didn’t want to let this habit slip just yet. I finally sat down to take a look at how we did last month, and here are the highlights: Technically, we’re renters again. Our monthly housing expenses seem higher, but it works out to the ...
Posted: Jun 30 2016 @ 8:00 AM
Eggplant and Potato Curry cooked in five minutes thanks to the electric pressure cooker For the last year, we’ve had a useful new tool in our food preparation arsenal: an electric pressure cooker. The pressure cooker has upped our food making game, increased the variety of delicious dishes we can make at home, and decreased the time we spend cooking. It even helps reduce our food bills (which some of you asked about), since we can rely on whatever ingredients are on ...
Posted: Jun 29 2016 @ 8:00 AM


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