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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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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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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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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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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Becoming a US citizen and the modified oath

Becoming a US citizen and the modified oath

Last year I hit another important milestone on my journey to FIRE (Financial Independence / Retire Early). Not a financial one though: I became a US citizen. This was a big deal for me, as I have never felt as much at home as I do in my beloved Phoenix, so I did not want to risk being denied reentry after longer periods of absence, […]

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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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Chautauqua 2014 – Higher elevation and new insights

Chautauqua 2014 –  Higher elevation and new insights

Recently, I travelled to San Pablo del Lago in Ecuador to seek some answers on a higher level….in about 9000 feet altitude to be specific. I attended the second Chautauqua organised by Cheryl Reed with Above the Clouds Retreats. The first event of this kind took place in 2013, only a few months after I had discovered both MMM’s and Jim Collin’s blogs. Blogs, that addressed the missing pieces […]

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