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Vicki

Blog Info

Name:
Make Smarter Decisions
Category:
General Finance
Tags:
Early Retirement/FIRE, Parenting/Family
Start Year:
2016

Blogger Bio

Location:
New York, United States
Age:
40s
Race:
White
Gender:
Female
Life stage:
DIK (Dual Income, Kids)
Profession:
Educator
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Latest Blog Posts

It’s been about seven weeks since we closed on the sale of our house (the one we sold without a realtor!) And we spent most of that time living in a travel trailer in the backyard of our lake house that is being totally remodeled. We had to DIY at lot of the early work […] The post Scaling Up Our Lake House Renovation appeared first on Make Smarter Decisions. ...
Posted: Nov 27 2017 @ 10:40 PM
Our Dallas FinCon ViewWe’ve been home from FinCon for a week and I haven’t done any work on my blog. Not even a FinCon review. I learned so much in the last two months (from FinCon and the PopUp Business School) that my head is swimming with new ideas and things to implement! I have website changes to make, sites to visit, meetings to set up, and posts to write. It’s ...
Posted: Nov 06 2017 @ 11:31 AM
It’s official! We sold our house. And we were lucky because the closing was delayed by two weeks. That gave us extra time to move the rest of our things to the storage unit after our awesome trip to Longmont, CO. We are excited to put our snowbird housing plan into motion, but you might remember that we were having a hard time finding contractors to work on our lake house this ...
Posted: Oct 23 2017 @ 3:08 PM
Before we left for our first retirement trip to the PopUp Business School at Mr. Money Mustache’s Headquarters in Longmont, I shared that we would be trying to do some travel hacking to save money. I also decided to keep track of our expenses for the first time on a trip! I estimated how much we thought we’d spend during the 16 days and today I’ll share how close those estimates ...
Posted: Oct 10 2017 @ 5:30 AM
Before we left for our first retirement trip to the PopUp Business School at Mr. Money Mustache’s Headquarters in Longmont, I shared that we would be trying to do some travel hacking to save money. I also decided to keep track of our expenses for the first time on a trip! I estimated how much we thought we’d spend during the 16 days and today I’ll share how close those estimates ...
Posted: Oct 10 2017 @ 5:30 AM
Part 1 left off with us leaving Longmont at the end of Week 1 of the PopUp Business School. A blog reader (Carol) had sent me ideas of places we might want to see when we weren’t in Longmont. (And we’d get to meet Carol later in the week!) So we headed five hours south on a route that took us through Boulder, Golden, and Colorado Springs. We tent-camped at ...
Posted: Oct 03 2017 @ 10:40 PM
Stashmont Class of 2017 This post contains an affiliate links. See the full disclosure here. We’ve been back from our trip to Colorado for a week and it took me that long to try to figure out how to share our experience! To keep it from becoming a novel, I decided to break it up into parts. It was definitely a “series” worthy event and a number of people have asked me to ...
Posted: Sep 27 2017 @ 6:41 AM
We just returned from a 15-day trip to Colorado! It was our first retirement adventure and if you follow me on social media, you know that we had a GREAT time! I have a number of upcoming posts to share more about our 9 days at the awesome Mr. Money Mustache Headquarters and our amazing […] The post Does FIRE End the Post-Vacation Blues' appeared first on Make Smarter Decisions. ...
Posted: Sep 22 2017 @ 9:37 AM
Fish Creek FallsWe just returned from a 15-day trip to Colorado! It was our first retirement adventure and if you follow me on social media, you know that we had a GREAT time! I have a number of upcoming posts to share more about our 9 days at the awesome Mr. Money Mustache Headquarters and our amazing experience with the UK-based Pop Up Business School. But before I get to those ...
Posted: Sep 22 2017 @ 9:37 AM
This post contains an affiliate link. See the full disclosure here. **6 Week Update (10/22/17) – Still going strong back on Republic Wireless! No issues this time at all. I will keep you updated!** Back in February, we started an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) experiment with our new phones. We haven't used the major […] The post Update: We're Giving Republic Wireless Another Chance. Would You' appeared first on Make ...
Posted: Sep 02 2017 @ 9:45 AM

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