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Vicki

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

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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

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
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. Back in February, we started an MVNO (mobile virtual network operator) experiment with our new phones. We haven’t used the major cell carriers for the last five years and at one point, all four members of our family were on different MVNO plans! For this experiment, I decided to try Google’s Project Fi and my husband started service with Republic ...
Posted: Sep 02 2017 @ 9:45 AM
Lazy summer days may be coming to an end, but there’s no time for lounging by the pool at our house! Now that I’ve cured my OMY syndrome and both kids are off to college, it’s time to put our snowbird housing plan into motion! The plan involves selling our house and downsizing into our “lake house” that was a rental (to the same tenant) for the last 22 years. Our ...
Posted: Aug 23 2017 @ 9:33 AM
It’s been a busy six weeks in our household! We put a small for sale sign in the yard a few weeks ago and two days later we had an offer on our house. I’ll write a post about that in a few weeks (after we get a closing date!) And to add a little more excitement to our lives, we are (quickly) planning our first retirement trip! We’ll be ...
Posted: Aug 06 2017 @ 8:51 AM
We’ll be “empty nesters” in less than a month and it’s hard to believe that last summer, we were busy making college visits with both of our kids. As kids begin researching college options, they’re bombarded with information. I wrote three posts about choosing colleges that you may find helpful: How Do I Choose the Best College? How Do I Choose the Right College? Making Assumptions Can Cost You Thousands of Dollars When Choosing ...
Posted: Jul 28 2017 @ 11:28 AM
This post contains affiliate links. See the full disclosure here. I’m three weeks in to my early retirement and I have some reflections and plans to share! I haven’t had any One More Year Syndrome feelings yet, so I think I may have conquered it. I also haven’t had time to think about jobs at all because we are still DIY’ing so many projects. It’s a very different kind of work ...
Posted: Jul 15 2017 @ 11:14 AM

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