The Frugal Humanist

Playing with FIRE movie screening in Phoenix

Playing with FIRE movie screening in Phoenix

OMC, I did a thing! There’s this movie I’ve been wanting to see for a while. Playing with FIRE follows a young couple and with a small daughter on their path to financial independence. It also features several other people in the FIRE community, many of whom I have had the privilege to meet over the last few years. Over the course of this summer, […]

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FIRE three years in: Break Downs, SWRs, Work and other musings

FIRE three years in: Break Downs, SWRs, Work and other musings

Holy shit! Has it been three years already? These FIRE anniversaries seem to creep up on me out of nowhere. But I indeed have another Fireversary coming up this week, which is a great chance to look back and reflect. I wrote about my first year of FIRE here and here and my second year of FIRE here. Those posts on one hand feel like […]

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What if we run out of time?

What if we run out of time?

Things have been truly shitty since the beginning of the year to put it nicely. The good news is, I am FIREd and can deal with curveballs life throws at me, without the added stress of work, an empathy lacking boss, office politics and any of these things that make life even more complex. My dad passed away in February this year. I traveled to […]

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Dental Work in Los Algodones, Mexico

Dental Work in Los Algodones, Mexico

Los Algodones in Mexico, right across the border from Yuma, AZ has quite the reputation as a “medical tourism” destination for snow birds and South West locals alike. Most of them head over to get affordable dental care and cheap prescription meds. In addition to the dentists and pharmacies, there are also a large number of eye glass shops, a chiropractor, a dermatologist, a veterinarian, […]

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Two year FIRE-Anniversary, unexpected expenses, withdrawal agonies, gratitude, regrets and other observations!

Two year FIRE-Anniversary, unexpected expenses, withdrawal agonies, gratitude, regrets and other observations!

A few days ago, I realized my two year FIRE anniversary was coming up. We were renting a parking spot near Seattle for the RV from a couple we met through the FIRE community. I had just come back from another trip to Germany, where I went to help my parents out, because my mum had to have one more surgery. TDA stayed back to […]

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Haunted by the past of my native country, hopeful for the future of my new home country!

Haunted by the past of my native country, hopeful for the future of my new home country!

This is not a political blog, it never was intended as one. Humanism, however, is one of the core subjects of this blog and there comes a time when humanist values cannot be discussed without touching on political subjects. The time for me to write about humanist values, even though I must touch on political subjects has definitely come, but I have been struggling to […]

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Do you really need RV roadside assistance?

Do you really need RV roadside assistance?

When we started out full time RVing, we did ask ourselves if we REALLY needed RV roadside assistance, as many full timers probably do. I had carried car roadside assistance for several years without ever needing it, but in my mind driving around in an RV all over the country, was a whole different thing than driving a car mostly in a city you live […]

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Return to RTR and Slab City!

Return to RTR and Slab City!

After all the fun we had at last year’s Rubber Tramp Rendevous (RTR) in Quartzsite, it was an easy decision for us to attend the 2018 RTR as well. This year’s event was another huge success, despite the many challenges for the organizers that go along with the growing popularity of the gathering. We reconnected with friends we made last year and enjoyed making new […]

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What if more Humanists became financially independent?

What if more Humanists became financially independent?

After a busy year of travelling (most of which remains undocumented on this blog, as my friends have aptly pointed out on numerous occasions) we rolled back into my beloved Phoenix right in time for the 2017 holiday season. Spending November and December in Phoenix gives me the opportunity to reconnect with said friends (who then have to listen to all the stories in person […]

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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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