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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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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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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How I downsized from a 4 bedroom 3 bathroom house into an RV!

How I downsized from a 4 bedroom 3 bathroom house into an RV!

Yeah, I know, if I were a great blogger or more organized (or both), that would say “In 5 easy steps, and I’ll teach you how!” and it would be a short and sweet post. But who I am kidding, downsizing is WORK! Especially when you downsize into less than 1/10th of the space without keeping another place where you can store stuff. That 4/3 […]

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Saving money on groceries while RVing full time

Saving money on groceries while RVing full time

As I previously mentioned, I used to be a enthusiastic coupon shopper. I would get great deals even on fruits and veggies through strategic shopping, although most people think coupons are mostly for processed stuff. Since the recent changes in store policies (many stores stopped doubling coupons or accepting competitor coupons) plus my recent changes in lifestyle (RV living = reduced space, no more fixed address […]

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Shopping with a Passion!

Shopping with a Passion!

Shopping!!!!!  Perfect topic for a frugality blog, right? Yes, Totally!! I HATE shopping, hate it with a passion! I do however LOVE shopping for causes that I am passionate about… not really the actual shopping itself, but the result of my shopping trips for sure. As I mentioned before, people have lots of prejudices when it comes to coupon shopping. However, just like any other […]

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Couponing for the GOOD STUFF! Saving money on produce part 1!

Couponing for the GOOD STUFF! Saving money on produce part 1!

Yes I use coupons….when buying groceries! Wait a moment! Hear me out! I know there’s a lot of prejudices around couponing, I have heard them all. That stupid couponing show on TV fuels and manifests most of those stereotypes: Couponing is for folks who buy 200 bottles of mustard to hoard in their basement to look at, right? Wrong! Coupons are only for prefab crap and […]

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