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First, what is a dirtbag millionaire' Chris, who writes at Can I Retire Yet' (and formerly wrote at Eat the Financial Elephant), explains it this way: A dirtbag (or ski bum) is someone who loves outdoor activities, pursuing them full time to the point of sometimes living out of their car. On the other hand, there are millionaires working and spending all their hard earned money to fund their lifestyle. ...
Posted: Mar 15 2018 @ 7:58 AM
Whether it’s wanderlust, geoarbitrage, or a unique work opportunity…maybe you are thinking of making a big move. Maybe you are thinking of moving permanently or just for a few years. Moving can be stressful and cause questions and doubts. Laurie and Jaime have their own stories, experiences, and hesitations about moving. Here are our unique answers to those scary questions! Scared of The Unknown Laurie: When I was a senior in college, ...
Posted: Mar 13 2018 @ 7:58 AM
We are excited to introduce you to Yaz from The Wallet Moth. She left the monotony of her 9-5 office job to pursue her dream life as a digital nomad. How did she make the leap' Here’s her story! The Gap Year That Changed Me When I was 18 (before entering university), I took a gap year with my sister. We traveled for three months around South East Asia - I believe ...
Posted: Mar 08 2018 @ 7:58 AM
February’s come and gone and I’m another year older. That’s right, it was my birthday month and, as usual, we’ve got lots of updates to share. Let’s take a look at life in the Keep Thrifty family through our February 2018 spending. Personal Updates Early in February, Wisconsin got hit with a ton of snow, so we took advantage as best we could - with snowmen and sledding! By the end of ...
Posted: Mar 05 2018 @ 7:58 AM
We are excited to introduce you to Laurie from The Three Year Experiment. Laurie and her family have been living a wonderful life in New Hampshire, but are looking to break out of their stable life and fuel their wanderlust! I (Jaime) can definitely relate to that! Here is how they are working towards their goal: Finding Love in Chile I caught the travel bug when I was 10. My parents took ...
Posted: Mar 01 2018 @ 7:58 AM
A week and a half ago, we were staying at a family member’s house to dog sit for a couple days over the weekend. One of our kids’ favorite things about going there is that they can watch cable. It’s a binge of Disney, Nickelodeon, and all sorts of new kids stations that didn’t even exist when I was growing up. We allow the kids this luxury when we’re there because ...
Posted: Feb 27 2018 @ 7:58 AM
We are so excited to share Mrs. Groovy’s story with you! Have you ever thought of moving to a place with a lower cost of living' Mr. and Mrs. Groovy did and then they made the leap. Here is their amazing geoarbitrage story! New York Love & Living Mr. Groovy and I met when we were in our forties. I was living in Manhattan and getting my Master’s degree at Baruch College. ...
Posted: Feb 22 2018 @ 7:58 AM
Last year, we published regular spending reports as a part of our Nothing New Year. While the Nothing New Year is over, we’ll still be publishing monthly spending reports with a few tweaks. Let’s get started! Money can be a taboo topic, but we think that’s silly. We’ve found a ton of value in seeing how other families are managing their money and we want to provide the same back to ...
Posted: Feb 20 2018 @ 7:58 AM
We are excited to introduce you to Kate Nesi. Being a teacher or librarian can be a super rewarding career, but it also comes with a small paycheck. Kate and her husband, Chris, didn’t let this hold them back from paying off major debt and working towards the financial freedom they desire. Here is their awesome frugal story! Career Struggles My husband and I met in college back in 2003. I always ...
Posted: Feb 15 2018 @ 7:58 AM
Traveling to Hawaii is a dream come true. I had always hoped I would get the chance to visit this wonderful place, but I never imagined what it would be like once I was there. As we approached the middle of Chris’s One-Year Mini-Retirement I found myself craving travel - preferably somewhere warm since winter in Wisconsin can be unbearably frigid. I dreamed of traveling somewhere exotic. In my mind that ...
Posted: Feb 13 2018 @ 7:58 AM


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