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Slowly Sipping Coffee
Early Retirement
Frugality/Saving, Parenting/Family
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Houston, Texas, United States
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DIK (Dual Income, Kids)
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Being thrust into control of my finances again has brought up a lot of “money emotions” for me. My relationship with money is an odd one because I mostly feel dread when thinking about money. Yes, dread. Dread:   1. a) to anticipate with great apprehension or fear                     b) to… The post I Dread Dealing With Money appeared first on Slowly ...
Posted: Feb 12 2020 @ 8:00 AM
Oh man. This past weekend I spent about 4 hours shopping around for auto and renter’s insurance. Did it pay out to spend that much time in front of the computer? Yes, yes it did! How much? Well, if I take my savings divided by time spent looking for those savings, then It was worth about $70+/hr. Oh yeah! You’re… The post Shopping for Insurance Sucks appeared first on Slowly Sipping ...
Posted: Jan 29 2020 @ 2:16 PM
Recently, a LOT has changed around here, like, a whole lot. My living situation, income situation, financial situation, relationship situation, hell, everything except a new vehicle to be honest. Although, TIL, I’m making $60/day as a sub which means I just got a raise! Yes! Crushing it!! Sweetest $8/hr evr earned. But seriously, through all of this, positivity needs to… The post Embracing the Suck appeared first on Slowly Sipping Coffee. ...
Posted: Jan 22 2020 @ 9:30 AM
If you read my last post, you’ll know that things are changing pretty significantly around here. One of the biggest changes is also the one I’m worried about the most. That is the fact that I’m handling my own finances again… Yes, yes, for the last 11 yrs or so, I’ve deferred to Mrs. SSC as the CFO (Chief Financial… The post Starting Over, Again… appeared first on Slowly Sipping Coffee. ...
Posted: Jan 14 2020 @ 1:41 PM
In my last post I was talking about dealing with depression the last decade or more and how even though I used talk therapy and thought I’d dealt with it head on, it didn’t really work out that way in hindsight. Depression is a hell of a thing and leaves a massive path of havoc in its wake. Well, my… The post Our Lifestyle’s Changing! Again… appeared first on Slowly Sipping ...
Posted: Dec 30 2019 @ 1:24 PM
When my dad killed himself in 2008, it touched off a major depression for me and I almost didn’t escape from it. It lasted over 10 years, and while I thought I dealt with it through talk therapy, due to hurtful stigmas, I avoided seeing a psychiatrist or getting on meds to help with those consistent, recurrent suicidal thoughts and… The post Depression: A Decade in Review appeared first on Slowly ...
Posted: Dec 09 2019 @ 1:29 PM
It doesn’t seem like a year since I left my job, but we’re coming up on 13 months away from full time work! Whoa! That’s the longest I’ve gone “un-employed” since I started working at age 15. I made it a whole 54 weeks before getting any W2 type work. That gig is “guest teaching” formerly known as substitute teaching… The post 5th Graders: A Lesson in Volunteering appeared first on ...
Posted: Nov 20 2019 @ 12:18 PM
When we bought our current money pit, erm, house, we expected to get pretty good energy efficiency due to it being a concrete and Styrofoam construction method, think adobe style with 1’ thick walls. Yes, 1 foot thick (0.3 m) walls that provide extra wind resistance to over 300 mph (allegedly), better fire ratings, and definitely better insulation properties than… The post Energy Efficiency: It’s a Money Problem appeared first on ...
Posted: Nov 12 2019 @ 2:50 PM
It’s amazing how perspective changes over time. When I first quit work, I felt I had to justify my existence as a Stay at Home Dad (SAHD) by using all the titles of my “past life”. I would meet people and when they would ask, “Oh, what do you do?” I’d go into my canned speech, of, “well, I used… The post Who You Are is NOT Defined by What You ...
Posted: Nov 05 2019 @ 9:00 AM
About a month ago, I was able to attend and speak at Camp FI in LaGrange, Texas. When I first heard the location, I immediately heard the guitar riff from ZZ Top’s “LaGrange”. Anyone else, anyone? If you are like a few camp members I met that had never heard of it, well, hear you go, LaGrange. It’s a great… The post Camp FI Texas: A Very Late Recap appeared first ...
Posted: Oct 30 2019 @ 3:06 PM


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