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This page contains affiliate links, which means if you purchase an item or sign up for a service via one of these links this blog may receive a small commission. This is at no additional cost to you, so if you chose to use any of these links, thank you.

Below are some things I use, like or otherwise experiment with. Some may appear in blog posts sooner or later. If there’s something I love, I’ll gladly endorse it, independent of the incentive. If I am on the fence, I will tell you so. If I am not convinced, I won’t bother, no matter how well it pays.

You certainly don’t have to use my links to check any of these services out. If you decide there’s something you may be interested in and you do use them, I may get a small commission, so thanks for helping me help out others. Any money I may make from this blog, will go to causes, I support. It was my original plan to start a donor advised fund during my last year of employment, but as I quit my job two years earlier than planned, that did not happen, yet. I am far away from making any money from this blog, but if I ever do, it will be given away.

Books that changed my life!

I know that sounds overly dramatic, but these three books had a huge impact on me!

The Simple Path to Wealth by JL Collins

Your Money OR Your Life by Vicky Robin and Joe Dominguez

(there’s a new version of this book, but I am specifically referring to the original version by Robin and Dominguez!)

How I found Freedom in an unfree world by Harry Browne

And more recently I am fascinated by I could do anything if I only knew what it was
as well as Refuse to choose by Barbara Sher, who unfortunately passed away in 2021

 

Shopping:

RAKUTEN (previously EBATES)  (gives you rebates for your online shopping, they also have a sign up bonus, so at the very least try it once for the bonus and see if you like it)

Ibotta referral link (Ibotta is a shopping app that lets you get rebated for things you buy, it’s easy to use and there’s a signup bonus for you when you try it out and submit a rebate, sometimes they have rebates for fruits, veggies and dairy)

Amex Blue Cash Preferred Credit card for 6% back on groceries and 3% or more back on gas.

Chase Sapphire Preferred Credit card for 5x points on travel related expenses and many other perks (click on the link for more info).

Oh and Ebay.

 

Webhosting:

I  have used Bluehost since I started this blog and am quite happy so far.

Bluehost.com Web Hosting $6.95

Phone Service:

We use a mix of various phone services, which gives us a better chance of coverage in areas where one or the other happens to be the better choice.

I have been a happy Red Pocket customer for three years now. We use the CDMA (Verizon) Version of this plan and the GSMA (ATT) Version of this plan, which give us unlimited talk and text, international calls, plus currently 8 (CDMA) and 20GB (GSMA) of data respectively.
We supplement this with a VISIBLE plan (When you use my friend code: 3866LJ9 you’ll get your first month of service for only $5 and I’ll get a discount as well). In order to bring your monthly cost down, you’ll have to “join a party” once you are signed up with VISIBLE, which is super easy. Feel free to join ours here! Joining a party costs nothing, you won’t be responsible for anybody’s cost, you won’t even see who else is in the party.

 

Camping

We are members of both Harvest Hosts and Boondockers Welcome and have been using these programs extensively recently. I personally love camping at Harvest Host farms and buying fresh produce and eggs from them. While travelling on the East Coast Boondockers welcome has been a true game changer for us, as they often allow more than just one night, plus you meet a lot of awesome people. Some hosts even offer hookups for a small fee, which we don’t need out West, but we really learned to appreciate them while travelling on the East Coast.

We have been HIPCAMP subscribers since 2018, but recently have been disappointed with the value we see when looking for camping spots. We just generally prefer to boondock on public land, whenever possible.

Roadside assistance

We use Good Sam, which gets you discounts at Flying J / Pilot gas stations and Camping World. Good Sam Roadside Assistance has really saved our behinds on several occasions and here’s why I strongly recommend having it.

 

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