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How To Get A Tax Deduction For Offsetting Your Carbon Footprint

Why Offset Your Carbon Footprint? If you care about climate change or the environment, you may be interested in offsetting your carbon footprint. A carbon offset is an action intended to compensate the carbon emissions of a human activity. If you have already been tracking your household finances, calculating the carbon emissions of your household should be pretty easy. If not, it’s still totally worth doing. How Do I Offset My Household Carbon Footprint? Lucky for you I did a bunch of research on this topic so you don’t have to. Just follow my guide. Calculate your Carbon Footprint: There are a bunch of Carbon Calculators out there for this purpose. I used this individual carbon footprint calculator. The calculator will go step by step to include consumption areas like: household electricity consumption, flights, and food- it’s pretty inclusive. 2. Purchase Offsets I did some research on reputable carbon offset programs and landed on Gold Standard. The Mission of Gold Standard is, “To catalyze more ambitious climate action to achieve the Global Goals through

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Smelly Yet Beautiful: Our North American Adventure

Let’s talk about budget travel. And I mean real budget travel. Not that commercial “travel package” kind of budget travel, but the grimy, do-it-my-goddam-self kind of travel. Save the cost of rent for 4 months by living out of your car- kind of travel. This is not your average vacation folks.

Europe- not so expensive after all

We visited Copenhagen, Paris, Cordoba, Grenada, Nimes, Rome, and the Rhine River in Germany. We traveled by train. Train travel in Europe is so luxurious. You can just sit in a cozy seat with a table and eat sandwiches and drink wine. Look out the window and watch the castles drift by as you travel at incredibly high speeds. We brought a picnic cooler bag with us and it was always filled with wine, olives, and sandwich ingredients.

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How Did The Nerds Catch FIRE (Financial Independence, Retire Early)?

I felt trapped in the life I had made for myself. I had my dream job that I had worked for years to get to. I lived in Hawaii and owned my own home. Everything looked great on paper. But the reality was something different.  I was overstressed and overworked. I needed to find a way out but I was the bread winner and someone had to pay the mortgage. I lived like that for years. I needed to find a way to never have a boss again and to never be forced to work at a job that I hated.  Finally Mr. Nerd’s business began to gain momentum, earning enough to support our life, and I was able to join him in the business. This was the point that I decided to gain control of our financial future. I realized that my unhappiness in our previous work was part due to feeling financially insecure. We were natural savers and that had been enough until that point. It wasn’t enough anymore, we needed to understand our finances so that I would never feel trapped like that again and so that we could build the life we wanted.

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