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Mrs. Grumby

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Grumbys on the Move
Early Retirement
Frugality/Saving, Minimalism
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Portland, Oregon, United States
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DINK (Dual Income, No Kids)
Business Manager
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When we visited our friends in Arizona in February they introduced us to their dinnertime gratitude practice. We decided to bring the practice home as a souvenir from our trip. It’s a simple daily routine that we now refer to as The Gratitudes and it has made a palpable difference in our outlook. Next time you share a meal with… Read more → The post The Gratitudes: a Simple Daily Routine ...
Posted: Nov 15 2017 @ 1:09 AM
The great news for October 2017 is that we set up a Donor Advised Fund (DAF). The embarrassing news is that I waited until I was in my late 40’s to read Your Money or Your Life. Fortunately, Delayed Financial Enlightenment (DFE) and philanthropic planning are always beneficial for both the bank account and the greater good! Here’s how and why we decided to establish a DAF. I’ll also reveal ...
Posted: Oct 31 2017 @ 10:38 PM
If we define frugal as efficient and un-wasteful, then the haiku seems like a perfect vehicle for describing some of our favorite forms of frugal entertainment.   For the record, I am not a poet. I’m using the KidZone website definition of haiku to create my little poems: Haiku poems consist of 3 lines.  The first and last lines of a Haiku have 5 syllables and the middle line has 7 syllables.  The lines rarely ...
Posted: Oct 19 2017 @ 10:59 PM
The easiest way to become independently wealthy is to inherit money from a rich uncle*, or maybe you could write an app that cures male-pattern baldness. If you don’t have a rich uncle or coding skills, what can you do to escape the hamster wheel of death, a/k/a full time work? Publisher’s Clearinghouse? Powerball? Take up the bass and start a band with your bros? Yeah, those sound like brilliant ...
Posted: Oct 10 2017 @ 9:27 AM
As we get closer to GERD (Grumby Early Retirement Day), we decided to switch both bank accounts and credit cards. We also got a great 1-year deal on digital storage. The countdown is on, and it is important to make sure that each month tells a tale of efficiency and progress. To see how our September decisions might help you, keep reading!   Bank Account Switch Which is better – free cookies or ...
Posted: Oct 01 2017 @ 3:24 PM
It’s been about 2 years now since we sold our one remaining car, Eleanor the Subaru Outback. It feels weird but liberating to say we have zero cars. In this post I’ll share our decision process and a few reflections on car culture. And I’ll wrap it up with the benefits of car-free life and a list of some places I’ve been able to travel without a car.   From 1 Car to ...
Posted: Sep 20 2017 @ 11:19 AM
Last month we included “hike the Eagle Creek trail with friends” on our bucket list post. We never imagined that a few weeks later a forest fire would consume the trail and more than 33,000 acres that surround it. Mr. Grumby and I are very grateful that we were able to hike the trail one last time. We’d like to share a few photos from a beautiful and memorable day as ...
Posted: Sep 09 2017 @ 4:13 PM
Mr. Grumby’s bags weighed about 50 pounds. After our 10-day bike trip in July, we took some time in August to review our packing list to see how we could reduce our gear weight. Riding uphill for about 30 miles on Aufderheide Drive was a great motivator for looking closely at what was in our panniers to see what could be crossed off the packing list. On the expense cutback front, the ...
Posted: Sep 01 2017 @ 10:11 AM
Best mug at the coffee shop – “sometimes all you need is a billion dollars” Once upon a time, way back in 2013, we had a retirement budget that was waaaaay higher than our current plan. In this post we’ll take a look at our 2013 spreadsheet and compare it to our current prediction of what we’ll spend when we retire in 2019. (Or sooner.) How did our lives look in 2013? In what ...
Posted: Aug 17 2017 @ 10:11 AM
Apparently you can buy this bucket at Home Depot. Maybe we’ll get one to take on our big bike trip? A couple months ago our niece was here visiting with her family and she asked us a great question. Knowing that we’d be leaving Portlandia in (holy shit!) less than 18 months she asked: What are 4 things that you haven’t done yet that you want to do before you leave? What are ...
Posted: Aug 16 2017 @ 12:21 AM


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