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Save More, Retire Earlier. Oahu Sunset

Save More, Retire Earlier

Once I saw the reality of how we spend our money I realized that we have a lot of flexibility in how we spend. I thought we were pretty good. We are pretty frugal people. We don’t waste money. And then I saw the dark side of our spending. We

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Budget Travel- Our US Road Trip

Budget Travel- Our US Road Trip

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

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Europe Travel For Less

Europe Travel For Less

How much does it need to cost for two adults to spend a month traveling around Europe? In 2018 we visited Europe for about a month. We mostly stayed in Airbnb’s and spent a few nights staying with friends in Copenhagen. We visited Paris, Cordoba, Granada, Nimes, Rome, and the

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The Cost of Living In Hawaii. Sunset view over Honolulu

The Cost of Living In Hawaii

Hawaii is beautiful. My god it’s maddeningly gorgeous. And the weather is basically the best in the world. There are these incredible afternoon mists that blow in and with the sunshine make some of the most amazing rainbows in the world. And since I’m from Hawaii, born and raised, I

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How To Invest Your Way To Freedom

How To Invest Your Way To Freedom

So you like this idea of what JL Collins calls “f-you money”. You think, “ Ya I’d like to be financially independent. Who wouldn’t?” But do you really buy this idea that if you saved what you don’t need to spend now, you wouldn’t HAVE TO work anymore? You need

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