The Frugal Humanist

Getting unstuck in Sun Valley in preparation for the Solar Eclipse!

Getting unstuck in Sun Valley in preparation for the Solar Eclipse!

No better location to watch the Great Solar Eclipse than a place called Sun Valley! Right? Actually, we did have other plans, but you know what they say about best laid plans and such… We were going to head up to the Redfish Lake area of the Sawtooth Mountains in Idaho, where we would have enjoyed well over 2 min of totality, pretty close to the maximum possible in […]

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Hurricane Harvey, here’s what you can do.

Hurricane Harvey, here’s what you can do.

If there is one good thing that comes out of disasters such as Hurricane Harvey, it is the widespread desire to provide help. Many people choose to help and it is heartwarming to see a nation come together, setting all disagreements aside in favor of getting the job done. If you’d like to help, right now what is needed most is money. Needs will certainly evolve […]

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One year of FIRE in NUMBERS!

One year of FIRE in NUMBERS!

Today is my one year FIRE anniversary. WOW, one year! The first of many, hopefully! A few days ago I wrote about my experience and  some of my observations during this first year. Today I want to follow up with some good ole quantitative measurements. Yeah for numbers. Fire ONE year in: National Parks / National Monuments visited: 26 When we started full time RVing, visiting […]

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FIRE almost one year in: Spoiler Alert: It’s not a sabbatical!

FIRE almost one year in: Spoiler Alert: It’s not a sabbatical!

On August 19th 2016, I sent an email to all work related contacts, informing them I was taking a yearlong sabbatical. After changing my out of office reply and voice mail along the same lines, I handed over my company cell phone, laptop computer, passwords and a bunch of other work related stuff to my colleagues later that day and said goodbye. No farewell party, […]

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Finding financial advice in unexpected places!

Finding financial advice in unexpected places!

Today TDA and I visited Mount Rushmore National Memorial. It has been on my places-I-want-to-visit-list for a very long time. We leisurely strolled along the trail that took us to the artist studio via various viewing platforms and made it back to the visitor centre just in time when a major hailstorm came in. We usually enjoy looking at exhibits thoroughly and learning about the history […]

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Slab City, the last free place on earth? Go with an open mind or don’t bother going!

Slab City, the last free place on earth? Go with an open mind or don’t bother going!

Last year in October we spent a few days in Slab City. I  have been wanting to see it in person ever since I read about it many years ago. It has also been featured in “Into the Wild” and a bunch of other stories, so yes, I was curious and it was on my bucket list. But I wanted to stay there for a longer […]

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How to save money on gas! My favorite savings hack to get 20% off at the gas station!

How to save money on gas! My favorite savings hack to get 20% off at the gas station!

Let’s face it, at 7 miles per gallon Harry, our Holiday Rambler Vacationer, is not exactly a fuel saving miracle. With his 75 gallon gas tank he always seems to be thirsty. This is something you have to come to terms with, driving an RV. The guy who sold us Harry, claimed he was getting 12 miles a gallon. Yeah, wishful thinking. Not even downhill […]

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Socializing in the middle of nowhere – Making friends on the road

Socializing in the middle of nowhere – Making friends on the road

When we started out on our nomad life, I was a bit worried I’d miss my friends while on the road. I don’t make new connections that easily and when you are nomadic, it’s even harder to do. Most of my close friends I have known for a long time and even though we are spread over different parts of the world and don’t see […]

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RV travelling with Cats!

RV travelling with Cats!

My cats and I have recently downsized from a 4 bedroom house into an RV with my DH (who actually upgraded from a much smaller 19ft RV into our new-to-us joint 32 ft home). My biggest concern was not the downsizing itself, but how my cats would adapt to the change. Before moving, I did some research on the topic. There are a lot of people out […]

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How to give a little extra by leveraging resources you may already use!

How to give a little extra by leveraging resources you may already use!

Frugality is not about skimping on everything, it is about aligning your spending with your values. Beyond covering the necessities like food and shelter, I spend money on what makes me happy. Supporting causes that are near and dear to me makes me happy and has always been a priority of mine. Much more than acquiring more stuff. So even with a high savings rate […]

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