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Saturday, September 24, 2016

How to Save Money on a Fabulous European Vacation

Being cute in Lake Como. We got in trouble shortly after this for going in the water.
For many Americans, a European vacation is the ultimate in luxury travel. The “old world” has a mysterious draw that is hard to avoid. Unfortunately, it can also have a price tag that is hard to afford. Fortunately, I have a couple tips that can dramatically reduce the cost of an incredible European adventure.

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Why We Bought a Brand New Car

Editor's Note: Sorry about the long delay in getting a new post up. We've been really busy with a bunch of exciting things you will read about soon, including the topic of this post.

Alternate Title: Why People Hate Car Dealers
I work in the automotive industry, so any time we are in the market for a new (to us) vehicle, I get excited. I tend to over-analyze every purchase, but with a car, I have much more expertise and can therefore extra-over-analyze it. What should have been a fairly simple purchase ended up being an extremely stressful experience, and we ended up with a completely different car than we expected.

Wednesday, August 3, 2016

How to Give Great (Frugal) Gifts

I recently read a post on another blog about how the author and her husband don't give each other gifts for events like anniversaries. They give some long-winded reasons why, but it mostly comes down to saving money.
I strongly disagree with this policy, so I will explain why I think gift giving is important and how to give great gifts without spending too much.

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Why I'm Not Saving for My Child's College Education

Most financial advisers seem to recommend prioritizing saving for retirement over a child's college education. However, I'm taking that advice to the extreme by not saving anything for our child's education; let me tell you why.

Saturday, July 9, 2016

Is Extremely Early Retirement Worth the Trouble?

Site of Henry David Thoreau's cabin near Walden Pond - Photo by Pablo Sanchez
The long version of this question is more like “Is being able to quit your job a few years early worth scrimping, saving, and depriving yourself during your working years and retirement?” Obviously, I think the answer is YES, but let me tell you why.

Sunday, July 3, 2016

My Plans for "Retirement"

We all have a vision in our head of what retirement will be like. Most people see a silver haired version of themselves sipping a cocktail on a tropical beach. That sounds nice, but I see a slightly older, much less stressed version of myself doing all the things I don't currently have time for.

Friday, June 24, 2016

Is it Unethical to Accept Government Handouts?

I recently had a conversation with a friend of mine who expressed disappointment that we were planning to let the government help pay for our healthcare after I "retire." He claimed we would be "mooching off the government and every American taxpayer." I can see where he's coming from, so I think it is worth explaining why I think what we plan plan to do is morally acceptable.